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Oct 16, 2017 - Canine class to Salerno, gateway to the Amalfi coast.

A slow start from Siracusa railway station. Sundays are quiet. Our new second class rail carriage was brand new, Very comfortable. Clean toilets but no food or drink vendors. Luckily we had packed our picnic from the Ortigia market the previous day. As we passed through Catania, Etna had shrugged her veil, and was proudly standing tall, wearing a mere wisp of smoke. Nice to see her. Hope she stays quiet. Once we arrived at Messina in Sicily, our train went into the bowels of a ship, and we took about 25 minutes to get to the Italian...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Arriverderci Roma..........

A quick farewell to our chocolate box friends, and Gabriele. Headed to Roma Centrale to join the bun fight to get a reservation for our trip to Napoli, but first validating our Eurail pass. All done, caught a schmick train to Naples. Feeling as if we had botox to our faces, feeling the Gs as we going so fast at 260kms per hour. Police presence and army with machine guns everywhere. The government is working hard on keeping the peace. Locating Hotel Gismonda a challenge. It was eventually found despite GPS on iphone. Secreted behind a big...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Last day in Italy

On our last day in Naples we walked down to the Lungo Mare area - the upscale waterfront - and saw how the other half lives. That's where all the expensive hotels are and a castle or two (Castel dell'Ovo and the Museo Civico di Castel Nuovo). There's a marina and a nice sea-front walkway together with very tasteful restaurants. None of yer brash, vulgar "here's a chair in the street for you - the cars should just miss you so long as you stay tucked in" as in our neighbourhood! It was quite a long walk but Bruce did okay with it. We had a...

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Italy - Finally!

Sep 18, 2017 - Herculaneum

Yesterday we branched out a tad and, as the funicular still wasn't in operation, we took the Metro - always an adventure in a new city - to try to get to the Castle on the hill. Well, it worked out okay and, better still, being Saturday it wasn't crowded down there. We got on the train at Piazza Dante and off at Vanvitelli in the Vomero District then, a short walk from the station, we got to the massive Castel Sant'Elmo straddled across a high hill overlooking the city of Naples. The 360° views from up there are worth the effort! We looked...

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Italy - Finally!

Sep 16, 2017 - Napoli, more Napoli

The plan this morning had been to walk to Mercato di Porta Nolana which, Lonely Planet informs us, is a "heady, gritty street market where bellowing fishmongers and greengrocers collide with fragrant delis and bakeries, etc. etc." It went on to say "Dive in for anything from buxom tomatoes and mozzarella to golden-fried street snacks..." and more along the same vein. Well, who wouldn't want to see buxom tomatoes and bellowing fishmongers? So, off we trotted. Got a little turned around en route, though, weaving in and out of narrow alleys...

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Italy - Finally!

Sep 14, 2017 - Napoli

Well, call us surprised! We have arrived in Napoli (Naples, that is) and found we have a terrific, large, spotlessly clean apartment right in the dead centre of the Centro Storico - the location could not be better! Just for the record our B & B is called La Finestra Sul Monastero Campanile. We sat and chatted for a while on arrival with Alessandra who met us on behalf of owner Marco while she filled us in on things to see and do and how to get around town then, before even opening our suitcases, we walked up the road and sat down and had a...

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Italy - Finally!

May 23, 2017 - Naples.UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, WARNING AND APOLOGY....it seems the photos are not loading properly, if you stop at about Santorini just remember where you were, return to the small photos and click in the next one you could not see, that will then allow you to see them all.........sorry not sure about the cause of this problem....... Wow what a trip so far. We flew from Dubai to Rome via Doha then were picked up by the hotel shuttle and taken to Civitacecchi, about an hour from the airport, the port for Rome and boarded the ship the next day. Ports of call were...

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Apr 28, 2017 - The Tour Heads South

Pompeii, Sorrento & Capri - April 27-29 After three wonderful days in Rome, Victor and I hired a taxi, loaded it with everyone's suitcases, backpacks and camera bags and headed to the hotel that is the start of our tour. We were happy that the rest of our family were able to head out to enjoy Rome. At the hotel, we met our wonderful tour director, Anna Spadola, with her long flaming red hair. She was charmingly wonderful and we look forward to sharing this adventure in her expert hands. Unfortunately for the grandkids, our bus left the next...

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Nov 5, 2016 - Naples Italy - Jewel of the Seas

Today was the best tour of all. When they cancelled our shore excursion at Athens, they offered us another excursion at half price. We jumped at that and quickly booked the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii by land and sea. It was excellent. Our tour guide was experienced and new everything there was to know about the sights along our tour. First stop was Pompeii. Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villages in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 feet of...

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Retired at Last!

Oct 4, 2016 - Pompeii at last

What an interesting day. I think we’ve had four seasons in one day. It has been cold, rainy, humid and hot. Up early so we could get ready and to breakfast before our tour departed at 7.45am. On coach 30 with Roberto and an absolutely fabulous driver, Carlos … and he was good!!! It was overcast to commence the day as we drove the windy, narrow road to Sorrento. Roberto was into avoiding crowds so we did our tour backwards as there were seven cruise ships in port today and all of them had at seven or eight tours going to Pompeii, filled...

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Luke's Football Tour

Sep 30, 2016 - Naples and Rome

Naples 28-30 September Well what can I say about this crazy city. It is chaotic, dirty, noisy, busy, full of history, but with a certain charm. Am staying at an Airbnb with a young woman and her mum who took me through the crazy traffic on the back of her motor cycle this morning. It was a mix of thrilling and fear. She wove in and out of the traffic - like everyone else- sometimes I thought my knees would graze against a car. Anyway I've lived to tell the tale. Mama must be close to 60. I was on my way to the National Archeological...

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Pam's Europe 2016

Jul 10, 2016 - Pompeii

Today we had an exhausting and sometimes frustrating trip to Pompeii. We were up at the crack of dawn so we could catch our 7:30 a.m. train to Naples. Once we got to Naples, we had to figure out how to get Pompeii. It was complicated to find the right train going to the right place in Pompeii. Nobody speaks English. There are no signs in English. You just have to fend for yourself. After several set backs, we finally made it to Pompeii. It was 91 degrees today plus humidity and we were HOT! Pompeii is pretty awesome. It had twenty thousand...

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