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Sorry I haven't updated since Venice but with all the touring, internet connectivity has been a bit of a challenge! Today, we arrived at Salerno on the Amalfi Coast! This area which encompasses Naples, Sorrento, Positano and the island of Capri is just stunning. We booked an all day tour to maximize our ability to see things. First we visited a local family farm in Sorrento at which we walked ...
... you can tell, a fairly uneventful but thoroughly enjoyable time.
Scotland the Brave.
Day two at Camping Athena and we are joined by another British van,a Scottish one, proudly flying the blue "Saltire" on the back. From it a couple in their late 60's emerge and park a little over 50 metres away. As the day wears on we can't help but notice developments around the Scottish van. Perhaps Alex Salmond has had a word in their ears - "Show the Europeans that ...
... turns, past multiple doorways and branching passageways and up 200 narrow steps until we reach our destination. Our host briefly crosses himself and prays that he has the correct keys. Due to the graciously of the Italian people he carries my suitcase up the 200 stairs; a decision he may have regretted sometime during the ascent. The apartment is quite basic and simply furnished and I'm struck again by how Europeans' live in far smaller spaces, ...
... bathroom (which will probably not have a toilet seat), that there is no such thing as a Greek Amphitheater (I'm looking at you, LSU), that there is sometimes an air conditioned train car right next to the unairconditioned one you're sitting in, that your choices for water are in a bottle or in a bottle, and that you should ask before ordering a can of Nestea so that you don't realize later that it was $5. Tomorrow, we're off to the Amalfi ...
... to Saint Andrew, the first Apostle of Jesus Christ. In fact some of his bones are stored there in a crypt on the lowest level. The construction was originally Romanesque from around 600 A.D. but later in the Baroque period, additional structures were built and a baroque layer added to the original structure.
As a result of partial restoration, the entire site presents wonderful examples of Byzantine, Moorish, Baroque and Romanesque ...
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