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Nov 1, 2017 - Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 Naples

Naples by the Sea, by John We had an easy journey from Rome to Naples on the train, and our hotel let us check in right away even though it was before noon. We have been staying at the Grand Hotel Santa Lucia and our rooms overlook the marina filled with yachts. There's a huge castle across the street as well. Twenty miles out to sea is the Isle of Capri. The hotel is a little older and a bit run down, but our rooms are large, and the beds are comfortable so we are happy. Our only complaint is that the lowest temperature that we can set on...

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Oct 30, 2017 - My Impressions of Rome - by John

My first impressions of Rome, Italy Everything in Rome seems old and in need of repair. Many of the streets and sidewalks were cobblestone, which was very difficult to walk on. Because the city is so old, the streets are narrow and there is no provision for parking. Since there are no alleys, the garbage is stored on the street, and it stinks. We were staying in the central city, and to even drive in the central city, a person must buy a special permit for $4,000 a year. That gives them the right to try to find a spot to park on the street!...

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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 26, 2017 - Italy - Path of the Gods - Bomerano to Positano

After a long day in the bus on Monday, we were looking forward to getting our legs moving again. Actually the accompanying pictures started Monday night after supper at the Hotel Victoria. Cava de' Tirreni is actually a suburb of Naples and much more urban than Deiva Marina. The hotel was well located on a traffic restricted street, Corso Mazzini, and we felt very comfortable walking around after dark, which we did every night. Tuesday morning our two smaller buses arrived to take us up and over the coastal mountains to Bomerano. We started...

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Sep 25, 2017 - Italy - Travel to Cava de' Tirreni & The Amalfi Coast

A long bus ride today; about 700 kilometers including a side trip into Florence to pick up Raimund's wife Angela. We would be using 2 fifteen passenger buses for our day trips to the Amalfi Coast due to the narrow winding roads not being conducive to travel in the big 40 passenger coaches so Raimund would ride in one and Angela the other. As we travelled into Tuscany we passed the Apuan Alps and the town of Carrara, famous for its marble. We also passed through an area of nurseries that proved trees, shrubs and plants throughout Europe. In...

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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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