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Sep 27, 2018 - Paestum

We left Volcano on a different ferry than planned. Rough seas and it couldn't go into several of the islands. We did not have a graceful boarding but it was a bit better than the boarding at Stromboli. However the sailing was hairy on the hydrofoil. We were under water more often than what we were comfortable with. After about 5 minutes Fred half jokingly said he was going to put on his life jacket. I told him that if he saw the crew with theirs on, it might be a good idea. Once we were back on solid ground we reunited with our Sicilian bus...

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Jan 21, 2015 - Paestum

I had hoped to go for a trip up to the top of Vesuvius which sits ominously close by. However with all the rain & cloud about I decided to give it a miss. So we packed up & headed off South again the idea being to visit nearby Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast on the way. The guide book said: "Stretching about 50km along the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) is one of Eubrope’s most breathtaking. Cliffs terraced with scented lemon groves sheer down into sparkling seas; sherbet-hued villas cling...

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Mar 28, 2014 - Paestum, Italy

Another cut and paste. It was a short bus ride from our hotel. If you could find the bus. 4 a day. Nice young Italian couple felt sorry for us and stuffed us 4 big people in their tiny car...what nice people we found the Buffalo for the cheese. They lived across the street where we had our best meal. Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia. After its foundation by Greek colonists under the name of Poseidonia (Ancient Greek: Ποσειδωνία) it was eventually conquered by the Lucanians and later...

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Apr 29, 2011 - Paestum

Today we hired a guide a toured the ancient sites in Paestum. Original Greek Temples then taken over and expanded by the Romans. I hope to post a few of the pictures to give you a senseof the beauty and amazment of thesestructures. Thecraftmenship and know how is amazing after 2,500 years

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Aug 12, 2009 - Last Day on the Coast

Well this was our last day at the pool and beach. Spent the morning at the pool, and Naomi ventured to the beach in the afternoon on her own for one last dip in the Mediteranian. We had a nice dinner at a little resoronti, near the hotel. The lady running things spoke 7 languages, so it was nice having the menu interperted. Have a look at the pictures of the pool, the logo in the pool is from the tomb of the diver at the ruins. Off to Rome tomorrow. Ciao

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Aug 9, 2009 - Paestum Ruins

Took the bikes to the Paestum Ruins – how cool the history of this place. It was founded by the Greeks in the 6th century b.c. Though many parts are from the Roman days 3 temples, a memorial tomb and a meeting place are actual remains from the initial Greek settlers. Paestum was a seaport which over time has retreated about a mile. The Greek sites remain because the Romans were superstitious and didn’t want to destroy the temples and tombs. The Ceres Tempe dates back to 500 B.C. the Temple of Neptune dates back to 450 B.C. and the Temple of...

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Aug 8, 2009 - Exercise Time

Borrowed the Hotel’s bikes and took off for a ride to another local village, Cappacio, 5k’s away to do our laundry or so we thought. What we found was 2 laundry service shops so back to Paestum via the ocean this time, very scenic ride. I thought of Livi and Lance when Frank said turn right to head back along the coastal route and I thought for sure we should turn left so we did, but you’ll never guess we soon found out we should have turned right. I could hear L & L saying “just listen to Frank, Mom”. I love it because now Frank just says...

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Aug 7, 2009 - Rest and Sun, Sun, Sun

Well here we are at last a day of soaking up the rays at the beach and a little shopping. I picked up a really cute little cover up from a vendor at the beach. Today I was homesick for my kids as I had to play alone in the Mediterranean Sea, Frank has an adversity to the water as he doesn’t want to be pulled down into an undercurrent. Though the water was shallow for a long, long way out he couldn’t be persuaded. “Frank the fabulous” lived up to his name when he drew me a big bubble bath in our hydo-massage long tub. We played a game of our...

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Aug 6, 2009 - Paestum Bound

Train to Napoli then a quick, and I do mean quick, run to catch the next train to Paestum. Here we had our first taste of local travel in a second class, non air-conditioned (windows down), fairly dirty, with no details provided train ride. As usual however we had a lovely older gentleman sitting next to me and he pointed out all the details along our way ie: Isle of Capri, Vesuvius Mtn, direction toward the lost city of Pompeii (encapsulated by the lava of Vesuvius way back in the day). We had a cab waiting for us upon arrival and for...

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Mar 14, 2009 - Driving excesses

Rising early Thursday 12th March we were greeted by a cloudless sky and a glorious scene below us. Breakfast was prepared in the Tuscany way with bitter coffee and sweet croissant’s filled with fruity goo. Very different! Sabrina, our landlady, who had been a great help in many ways, saw us out with her 4 year old daughter. We packed out bags in the car and then went to do the exploring which the rain had stopped the previous night. Orvieto is a wonderfully complicated medievel city with high, four and five storey buildings, religious...

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Oct 31, 2006 - Paestum ruins

Side trip to Paestum, which was founded by the Greeks around 600 BC as Poseidonia. The city and the Greek temples were renamed by the Romans around 273 BC. The first photo is the temple of Ceres (renamed Athena). The next two are the Basilica and Temple of Hera (Neptune) with their Doric columns.

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