Hotel Caserta Antica
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It is called The Royal Palace of Caserta. There is a lot of history here of course, but it took us three hours to walk to the top of the gardens and back. It is mind boggling to think back in the day, one family owned all this. (Google it)
They had horse and carts to drive to the top and back, now that i am home I have no idea why I didn't do that, it would of been splendid.
After the Royal Palace we went back to the ...
... and realised how large the site really is. We just about walked everywhere seeing the major sites such as baths, baker shop, stadiums, temples but we also visited a lot of the minor sites away from the large tourist groups finding some really cool houses or statues. The bodies that were mummified from the volcanic ash are just surreal to see, we even saw a dog too. We had such a great day walking around exploring Pompeii but even after 4hrs we ...
More pictures to follow when technology plays nice. We started our day with a private tour of Pompeii. Our tour guide whose name was said to fast for either of us met us on the tourist walks outside of Pompeii where our driver Michael dropped us off. The tour guide showed us his favorite spots and explained the life of Pompeii before the volcanic eruption. We were both surprised to learn that there were very few skeletons and only about ...
Vanilla is an interesting substance. The beans get ground down such that just a drop of the essence can convey the flavour of a whole crop.
We toured the ruins of Pompeii today. It is a vast area; after all, Pompeii was a city and not just an area made up of a few streets. We paid much attention to the structure of the city, the types of buildings, their purpose and their decorations. But inevitably, the mind kept being drawn back ...
... and I think that it would be even more beautiful to see it on a nice spring or summer day when the flowers are all in bloom and it is not raining.
Other than Caserta, I mostly just relaxed- watched movies in Riccardo's movie theatre and strolled around Arnara. It was a great way to relax and recuperate before starting my program. I was ready now to begin- more comfortable with my Italian language, the time difference, the Italian culture, and being independent. ...