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Oct 8, 2013 - Naples

While in Palermo Gerry began to get a nasty cold and Viv’s cough got a little worse than normal, so once we returned to the ship we did not do too much more. On arrival in Naples it was pouring rain and dark skies. We have been to Naples before and did not feel the need to rush ashore and walk around in the wet. However the skies did clear and off we went. Naples often referred to as a “gritty”city is famous for its history, architecture and pizza. The town is spread out before you as you enter the harbour area and it is quite a sight to...

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Oct 8, 2013 - You won't believe this day

Val and I got up early and went back to see St Peter's without the crowds. We weren't the first to have this great idea as there was a small line up but it was nice to see it with just a few people around instead of a few thousand people. Although there were fewer people, many of the areas were roped off with different masses happening. It was busy again but in a different way than with all the tourists. We made it home before the next big thunderstorm hit with very heavy rains. I think you will see the pattern to our days - there is...

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Bella Italia!

Oct 1, 2013 - Praiano/Naples

As we sat waiting for our bus to arrive to catch to Sorrento, followed by the train to Naples, we discovered that there's never a dull moment. Here were two guys with 3 donkeys who were moving dirt from inside a building & into the back of their truck. They would take the donkeys down the stairs to the doorway of the building, load dirt into the packs on the donkeys, then ride or walk them up the stairs, up the road to their truck, then up the ramp into the back of the truck where they would unload the dirt into the back of their truck,...

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Italy 2013

Sep 20, 2013 - Entry 3

Hello there, we have had a slight malfunction with our technology - Gaz left the gizmo that downloads all our photos from our camera to the iPad, at the camping ground! So visuals are limited - we will catch up though! So..... Yesterday we traipsed around the colosseum and the Roman ruins - the colosseum is humungous in comparison to what I thought it would be. The Roman ruins (forum) are amazing when you try to imagine everything covered in marble at one time. We are now in gorgeous Sorrento!!!! We scored BIG TIME! We are staying high on a...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Vesuvio interrupted

JOSH: Here's something to think about. Italians think that AUSTRALIANS don't eat. That may be true... except when we come to Italy. Italians have the greatest food in the world. But for some reason, they don't have a meat pie anywhere. Italian food is so pure, fatty, and amazing, that if you went straight from Australia to Italy, without any other European countries, you'd probably explode and die on the spot. I think that I have had more than 25 pizzas. In Italy, food is taken for granted. They'd probably die of starvation if they went to...

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Sep 16, 2013 - Amalfi Drive & Pompeii, Naples, Italy

6:00 am came a little too early for my liking since I was still feeling the effects from my cold and also feeling highly contagious so I had a big decision to make – do I stay back on ship for the day or do I head out with the others for the tour we had booked. Curiosity about the tour won out. John & I popped another cold pill and headed down to the tour debarkation sight. As soon as the first words were out of our tour guide’s mouth, we were glad we had come along. In her strong Italian accent and timely comments, Manuella kept the...

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Sep 15, 2013 - Oggi - Pompeii!!!!!!

JOEL: Yesterday we went to Pompeii the place I wanted to see the most on this TRIP . We were really close to the entry of Pompeii about 1000 metres from the caravan park, cool huh . when we woke up mum, dad and myself all had a shower and got ready. When we finished we walked over to the entrance before the entrance there was a restraint and some stands. Mum and dad got a coffe and we all got some breakfast. We looked at the stands and got a guid but we also got a deal that once we were finished we were allowed to get a different book with...

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Aug 20, 2013 - Summer recap 2013 c

Amalfi - Whilst flopping whale like up onto the transom - part of my strength training after holding my breath checking the drive units while the boat rolled and rolled on the mooring off Positano – I saw my earring drop off onto the deck (lucky save!) and with my pidgeon Italian I asked the jeweller in Amalfi the next day if they could fix it. Two weeks or peace be with you was his answer.... Sorrento - Not wanting to leave the earring with them in case we never returned (which we haven’t) our next stop was in Sorrento. In all my time...

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Aug 6, 2013 - Pompeii

This morning we were up early to catch the train to Sorrento to visit the Vodafone shop and sort out our internet data (which suddenly stopped working last night!). Then we caught the train to Pompeii Scavi station to visit the archaeological ruins. We paid €12 each for an English Guide, plus the entrance fee of €11 each. Our tour guide was good (an archaeology graduate) and full of information but in hindsight we would have bought a Guide Book from the station for €7 which included information about the points of interest with a map, and...

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Aug 5, 2013 - Positano

Today we bought a 24hr train/bus pass for €7.80 each, intending to visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. However the public transport did not work well with us. First we had to wait some time for the train to Sorrento, being entertained while we waited by an altercation between a group of musicians and a big black African man in colourful clothes with a drum. We assume that he was encroaching on the musicians patch (playing on the train). It was all in raised voices in Italian but didn’t quite come to blows. Then it was a long wait for the...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Massa Lubrense

Yesterday we slept in and decided to have a rest day at the campground. It was another hot day so we had several swims in the pool, and caught up with some chores – washing, and defrosting the fridge. Today we caught the train again to Sorrento and then a bus to Massa Lubrense. On the way we had to stand, but coming back we appreciated the views from the winding coastal road. On reaching Massa, we went straight to the Tourist Information office and with the help of two people there we were directed back along the road past the Cathedral and...

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Aug 2, 2013 - Sorrento and Capri

We left Matera on Wednesday morning and drove through the mountains most of the way to Salerno. Although it was mainly dual carriageway, so many viaducts had lanes closed due to work needing to be done: some serious money needs to be spent on this road soon. As we passed through Salerno we had a magnificent view over the harbour from up high, then we went through two long tunnels which were low-lit and had corners! The road is winding and a bit narrow approaching our campground, Camping I Pini, (N 40° 38’ 7” E 14° 25’ 2”) which is between...

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