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Probably not a good idea to be heading to a seaside resort on a Friday afternoon. There were a few more sports cars on the Autostrade than usual and a little more lane weaving at 160km/hour. Only one accident though. Once we turned off to Naples, the driving got interesting. To get to our cliffside hotel (with wonderful views of the Bay of Naples) involved miles of coastal contortions and endless township traffic (1 lane each way and very little shoulder. No ...
... that as walking shoppers we were forced into stores by cars passing us so close that we had to duck into shop doorways.
After two hours, we reversed directions, back to our hotel, a late dinner and much needed sleep.
Finally, trying to write this blog is difficult because of our long, tiring days, and being plagued with
spotty internet service
... vacation spot for emperors...
Some of the places that I missed this trip and hope to visit if I ever make it back:
the Amalfi Coast and towns
Hike up Vesuvio (Vesuvius)
Pompeii* (again, worth seeing twice!)
Along the train tracks at times you can see where some of the homeless live, I think a lot of them are the Roma or gypsies, lots of garbage in some places too.
Arrived in Rome, left the ...
... with orchards and an abundance of olive groves, prickly pears and almond trees. It is very apparent that fresh ingredients and produce are popular here (yay!). Our brief visits to Catania were spent mostly in our hostel spending time with the amazing staff and drinking Sicilian wine, but we did visit some of the area's attractions. Catania offers to visitors the beautiful Catania Cathedral, the local bustling fish market and the Castello Ursino. Neighbouring Mt.Matera ...
... Our plan was halted for a moment as we were quickly jolted out of bed as if a four alarm fire had been alerted- Church bells- ( Our villa was next to the church) Church bells,mighty powerful church bells - beautiful sounding once your heart stopped pounding. After that it was all about sleeping, eating and a rain shower. It was a great fat day doing nothing but trying to be glutinous.
On the eighth day of ...