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Sep 15, 2018 - CROSSING: Capo di Palinuro, Italy to HBR Coppola Marina, Amalfi, Italy (5:00a. to 12:00p)

Golly I woke up this morning, learning that we were only a seven hours South of Amalfi. Wow, today we are only traveling 50 miles. Hmmmm.. stopping at our favorite spot is always fun. The three of us were beyond happy knowing that we are going to be able to enjoy the bestest of restaurants, on a small terrace over looking the sea, in the charming town of Amalfi. A treat with many things to celebrate! We are half way to Cannes. Soon, when we get Stephen onboard on Monday.... we will probably be going day/night round the clock without...

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Sep 14, 2018 - Kick Off On Our "Boot and Ball Tour"

Thursday night was a very brief introduction to meet our "Bus Buddies". For the next 10 days we will be sheep gathering around our "Shepherd" Antonio listening to his words of wisdom through radio headsets. Friday morning - suitcases in the corridor by 6:30 - on the bus by 7:30. Allready this pace is too much. First stop is the Commonwealth War Memorial in Cassimo. A site dedicated to all soldiers who helped to fight for Italy. From here we drive to Pompeii. We arrive about lunch time. Quick bite to eat then we head off on our walking tour...

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Jul 19, 2018 - Day 4- Sorrento

We spent the late afternoon shopping in Sorrento. Then, we learned how to make pasta the italian way. After our lesson the chef lead us to his garden at the back of the restaurant. We had another fantastic 6 course meal prepared especially for our group. Good thing we are doing alot of walking.

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Jul 19, 2018 - Day 4- The Isle of Capri

In the morning, we took a boat to Capri. While we were there, we got a smaller boat and toured around the island to see the caves and limestone formations. Then, we sat in a cafe sipping on drinks and nibbling on pizza. This is how life should everyday.

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Jul 17, 2018 - Day 3 Pompeii

We hopped on the bus and rode to Pompeii. It is a very interesting place. Almost 2000 years ago , it was covered with 20 feet of volcanic ash. This preserved a great deal of the city. We only spent 2 hours there but I could have spent all day. Archaelogists have been uncovering Pompeii for the past 40 Years and they are still digging out the mysteries of Pompeii.

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May 26, 2018 - Sorrento

Saturday 26th May: This was to be a day to leisurely see any remaining things of interest in Sorrento. The main place on the agenda was Marina Grande, the larger of the small boat harbours at the far end of town. Until recently, this little fishing community was very traditional and still retains much of that charm. It is a pretty walk downhill through the Ancient Greek Gate which was part of the fortifications of Sorrento. The long flights of stairs eventually led down to the marina itself with numerous little boats and fishermen tending...

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May 25, 2018 - Amalfi Coast and Ravello

Friday 25th May: As we had been advised last week, our pre-booked tour of the Amalfi coast and Ravello had been cancelled so we decided to take ourselves. Instead of traveling both ways by bus, we took the boat from Sorrento to Amalfi. It was a good chance to see the coastline and the towns from the sea and, although the weather was a bit overcast, it was still stunning. The villages cling to the cliffs like barnacles on a rocky shore. We did not get off at Positano to keep the day manageable but went further on to Amalfi. Once there, we...

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May 24, 2018 - Sorrento

Thursday 24th May: Daniella prepared a lovely breakfast for us and for the first time we had a washing machine. So we put on one big load before heading down to meet Tonia who would take us on our “Walking the Lemon Trail” tour. She drove us to the estate of the Ruoppo Family about 10 minutes out of town in St Agata and it was like another world. There would have been several acres under cultivation and some of the trees were about 150 years old. They were huge and dripping with lemons. We learnt a lot about the varieties grown in this area...

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May 23, 2018 - Sorrento

Wednesday 23rd May: We were unsure about going to Naples but we found it an impressive city and it deserved more than the day and a bit which we gave it. It has a history of neglect but everywhere there were buildings and monuments being restored and those that had been. We experienced none of the unpleasant things people warn you about - in fact, at lunch we were undercharged by one beer and Heather, being the honest person she is, pointed out the error. As long as you do as the locals do and ignore the graffiti, all is well. It wpuld be...

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May 22, 2018 - Naples

Tuesday 22nd May: A big day out in Napoli. The hotel put on a simple but very nice breakfast and after it the first job of the day was to go back to the train station to book our trip to Siena. Naples has a brand new train station and metro and they are brilliant with big shopping galleries attached - the best we have seen. We did not use the metro but all stations are decorated with great art. To make best use of time, we decided to go on the Tramvia City Tour and bought tickets at the top of Piazza Garibaldi. While we were waiting for the...

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May 21, 2018 - Naples

Monday 21st May: After a meagre breakfast at the villa, we said goodbye to Gina who was staying a couple of extra days in Matera. Angelo had organised a driver to take us to the bus stop in Bari and Agnes and Jerry on to the airport so it was goodbye to them also. The trip on the Marinobus to Naples was a very comfortable non-stop three hours and we arrived just before 2pm. It was far from quiet, though, with everyone yabbering loudly in Italian to each other or into their phones. The northern and coastal country of Puglia is very flat and...

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Apr 29, 2018 - The adventures of Grimaldi ferry lines in Salerno

So how did we end up taking a ferry from Salerno? I knew we'd be in Italy and besides disembarking in Genova (NW), I wanted to see three places that we hadn't seen before: the Blue Grotto (Central west coast), Sicily (South), and the trulli in Alberobello (Central east coast). So pretty much I was maximizing the distances between Italian sights. Add to that an interest in Tunisia and Malta. I originally tried to see everything in Italy and then head over to Tunisia and Malta from Sicily. Well, first of all, it's difficult to get to Sicily...

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