A weekend vacation

Trip Start May 02, 2011
Trip End May 30, 2011

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Monday, May 16, 2011

This past weekend, we all packed up as a group and headed to Sorrento to spend a little time on the coast.  We boarded the train to Naples Thursday morning and arrived by early afternoon.  While driving through Naples on the way to Sorrento, there was tons of trash on the streets and many of the buildings seemed run down.  I guess we have been spoiled by living in beautiful, clean Florence.
The views of the Mediterranean from the bus were beautiful.  We were all eager to check into our hotel, which turned out to be very nice.  Ali and I had a room with a balcony with a great view of the outdoor deck area, the sea and Mt. Vesuvius.  We spent the day walking around the small town, which was very quaint and cute although very touristy.
On Friday we all got up early and boarded the boat to head to Capri.  Once we got to the island, we checked out all of the grottos during a guided boat tour.  We had a chance to ride a single-chair ski lift (scary!) up to the top of the mountain.  From there, you have a great view of the island and the sea.  Unfortunately, there was a giant fog around the entire top so we couldn't see anything.  However, it was really cool to ride up the mountain even if we were all ice cubes by the time we got to the top.  We explored the town for a little before heading back and getting ready for the group dinner at the hotel.  It was a delicious 3 course meal and a great way to end the day.
Saturday was our free day and we chose to spend it at the beach.  After stocking up on food from the hotel breakfast (hey, we are college students), we headed down to the marina to get some sun.  We all had a good time and it was a very relaxing day, complete with a dinner of fettucine al pesto that night, with some nutella gelato for dessert.  Liz and Sarah rescued a kitten that they found on the street-there are always stray animals just laying around- by giving it to a random Italian who said he would bring it home to his mother. 
On Sunday we once again had to get up at the crack of dawn to drive to Pompeii.  It was amazing to tour the ruins of the ancient city, something that I remember learning about in elementary school.  It is amazing that a lot of the artwork still remains in good condition.  We were able to see a couple of the bodies that were discovered in the ash after the eruption, including those of both people and animals.
We then made the drive up to Vesuvius.  After driving partway of the mountain, we had to walk about a mile uphill to the top.  Although I have become used to walking uphill in Italy, this was difficult because the path was gravelly and it was hard to maintain proper footing.  It was worth it though when we got to the top and could see a beautiful view of Naples and Sorrento.  We also got to glance into the massive crater that last erupted in 1944.  I can now say that I have stood on top of one of the most famous active volcanoes in the world.
Although we had a good weekend in Sorrento, we were all missing Florence very much and were so eager to get back to our home away from home.   It was absolutely freezing when we got back, but we were so happy that we actually recognized things and knew where we were going.  We headed straight to The Diner to get some American food after eating tons of pizza and pasta for the past two weeks.  My cheeseburger and french fries (and a soda!!) were delicious and just what we needed for our two-week mark.
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I really enjoy reading your blogs, you do have a way with words. Looks like you are having a great time.

Love you an be safe

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