Hotel Palazzo Decumani
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... all to see. Herculaneum was originally on the coast but there was also an earthquake with the eruption which lowered the city and at the same time it was also buried so now there is 400 metres of new land between the city and the coast. How did the archeologists get the glued on lava away from all the surfaces of the buildings leaving the plaster work intact, an amazing job. It's all beautifully preserved you actually walk around on the basalt Roman pavements.
... to have the best espresso in Naples. It was at Piazza Dante which was full of families out for their Sunday evening walk and play time. Yes the shot of espresso I had was very good. I am still amazed how all these Italian coffee places do not offer take-out (even in a city that is littered with trash, at least with this culture no additional paper cups and plastic lids are added to make Mother Earth shed more tears) and the custom is to line up at the stand-up bar as the Barista ...
... sculptures from many centuries that dated back to 2AD. And of course we made sure we toured the "secret room" that featured erotic art.
Thursday, Sept 26
Sick day. George has a head cold and very sore throat. The day spent reading and napping. Because we can easily hear all the neighborhood noises from our room, we now know that people communicate a lot by whistling for each other from the street up to house windows. Sometimes to ...
... of Frascati and Castelli Romani.
A brief stop was made at the commonwealth Cemetery located in the shadow of the hilltop monastery of Cassino. Here, we were given fifteen minutes to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers. I found the entire area absolutely stunning and peaceful as I wandered around the graves trying to find any Canadians. And yes, sadly many have been ...
... stories about how dodgy the locals are. Fair to say I gripped my remaining bag, with my wallet and camera, with all my life.
It sounds all bad, but there was a silver lining. Actually a hot black dusty lining. I went up to Mt Vesuvius today to see the volcano. It is technically 'sleeping' but is the most dangerous one in the world because of its proximity to the population on the Bay of Naples. The people on the bottom of the hill would have 7 seconds to get out of ...