Ruby Tuesday !

Trip Start Sep 22, 2009
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Buon Giorno!  This morning we woke up in Napoli or commonly known as Naples!  This would be the port where you could take tours to Mt. Vesuvius or the ruins of Pompeii, the famed Roman city that was buried by volcanic ash after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD.  Or, tours were available to the beautiful coastal areas of Sorrento and Capri!  Today, we opted to remain in Naples and tour the city by taking one of those CitySightseeing Buses.  The same kind we took in Barcelona where passengers were able to hop on and hop off at any stop. 

We were warned about the traffic in Naples and that caution was needed when crossing any street.  Although we thought the traffic hectic, cars had no choice but to yield when groups of people were crossing the street.  So, we waited for the locals to cross and then followed them.

The CitySightseeing buses were a great way to view the city in a short period of time.  As the bus navigated around the city streets, we noticed that the car of choice was the smart car.  Good thing!  I could not imagine driving anything larger in this city!  Parking was a premium everywhere!  Anywhere you could find enough space the size of a throw rug, you could park a smart car.  And nobody got parking tickets. 

Our first bus tour, on the red bus, began at the Castel Nuovo and headed north to the Museo de Campodimonte passing the Fontana in via Medina, Convitto Nationale (National School in Naples), Basilica de Santa Maria della Sanita and the Church of Madre del Buon Consiglio along the way. 

Returning to the bus terminal, we waited a few minutes to catch the purple bus, which traveled to the South West along the Bay of Naples to the residential area of Posillipo.  On the return, the Castel del'Ovo and Santa Lucia appeared to be quite visible.  Getting off the bus in front of the Stazione Marittima, on via Cristoforo Colombo (street), we crossed the street and walked through some of the street markets.  After some casual browsing, we entered a small grocer and purchased some wine to take back and enjoy in our cabin.  We found that a bottle of wine cost 2 to 7 euros, which was a lot cheaper than a bottle of Italian Chianti or French Bordeaux at $35-40 USD in the dining room.  Although they were good, they weren't unique!  As a practice, we've always enjoyed drinking locally made wines wherever we've traveled.  

Tonight, as we depart and leave the Bay of Naples, we sail south through the Messina Straits around the toe of Italy toward the Greek Island of Mykonos.  But we don't arrive there until October 1st, so that means we enjoy a relaxing day at sea!  So far, the weather has been fantastic!  Very warm temperatures and little to no cloud!  Hope it continues!  Se ya tomorrow!  Ciao!  Rick & Elsie!

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