After finally arriving in Naples after a delayed
train and nearly missing the Circumvesuvina (local train) and
waiting nearly an hour for the bus, I got to the campsite!!
I met three young English boys on the bus and we ended up in a dorm room together.
We went straight to the pool then wandered
down to the beach.
It wasn't exactly a beach but some rocks that you can jump off or there is a ramp type thing that you can use.
The boys of course jumped off rocks and I didn't
want to be left out so I did too!
It was fun.
We then went to the shop and got pasta and sauce and cooked our own dinner together which made it a cheap night!
I was up early and caught a bus and a train
and I was at Pompeii by 8.00am.
I got the audio guide and was going round on my own avoiding tour groups where I could.
I was in the Forum Baths taking photos when a guard asked me if I was okay.
I said that I was and he left.
As I was leaving he was coming back and he had a book for me - "A brief guide to Pompeii"
He showed me that I was near the House of the Faun so I headed that way.
I thought it was a real sweet guesture - he could hardly speak any English but still wanted to help me out!
I also went to:-
------Porta Marina and the City Walls,
------Temple of Apollo,
of the Faun,
------House of the Small Fountain,
------House of the Tragic Poet,
------House of the Baker,
of the Vettii,
------House of the Ancient Hunt,
------Temple of Isis,
------House of the Venus Marina,
------The Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus, and the
I was quite surprised at how intact everything was.
The roads and buildings were just as they would have been before the eruption.
The plaster casts of the people were quite
The archeologists had filled the cavities they found with plaster and then chipped away the outside.
What was left was the expressions of people as they died - the anguish on their faces was particularly moving - they seemed so frightened.
I enjoyed my few hours there wandering around a very intact ruin but found the volcano looming in the background quite eerie!!
I took the train back to Sorrento and then
jumped on a bus to Amalfi.
The Amalfi Coast is said to be the most spectacular in the world so I got a seat by the window and we headed off.
It was a lovely drive and the towns perched on the hillsides were pretty.
We got to Amalfi and I wandered around a bit and had some lunch and wandered some more and had some gelati.
I wandered a bit more and found the beach.
It had great sunbeds that have their own shade attached - cool!!
I was pretty stuffed so I got back on the bus to Sorrento.
There was an Italian guy sitting near me and he pointed out a few things along the way - particularly Barbara Streisand's villa and Robert De Niro's hotel.
He was quite friendly and funny.
Then it was back to the cook dinner and bed.
I had the the eight bed dorm to myself!!
I had a great view of Sorrento from the window so I was able to get some nice shots.
I had booked a trip to Capri through the campsite and the boat collected me from the beach the next morning.
The ride was nice and the first glimpses we had of the island didn't make it look very habitable!! - it was really rocky.
We went by the White Cave which was big and scary looking - lots of stalactites and stalacmites - it was quite cool!!
We also went by a natural arch which was pretty amazing.
We went by three islands called Faro, Stella and Saetta.
There was a hole in one of them called the
Tunnel of Love and we went through it.
I thought it looked like it was going to be a tight squeeze but we managed it.
We were dropped off at Marina Piccola.
We had about five hours to explore Capri.
I took a tiny bus (seven seats) to the town
of Capri and then another one straight up to Anacapri which is
a town high on a hill on the island.
It was a cute town!!
I wandered a bit and got some nice pictures of doors and stairwells.
The taxis were cool too - all funky convertibles but they were very expensive!!
I got the bus back to Capri and looked around a bit more.
Then I got the bus back down to Marina Picola
and hit the beach - what small amount there was of it anyway!
I had some lunch and baked and swam and baked and swam until it was time to get picked up.
While I had been chilling I could hear a helicopter
going back and forth over the island, and when we came around
the marina we saw a yacht with the chopper on the back of it.
It was massive - that kind of money just boggles the mind!
We went to the Green Grotto which reminded me of the one in Lagos.
Then we got to the Blue Grotto.
I had to get in to a wee row boat to get into the grotto, and the dude had to time our entry on the wave and pull us into the cave by a chain - it was a bit hairy but so worth it!!
The colour was like nothing I have seen before.
It was twenty metres deep and you could see the bottom.
The blue was so bright - my photos don't do it justice but you will get an idea.
I can't believe it was natural.
It used to be the private swimming pool for the Roman Emperor Darius.
Then it was back on the boat and we went by
Marina Grande and a statue of a boy on a rock.
I thought the statue was a real person from a distance - oops!
Capri was cool but definately a place where you need a lot of money.
We got back to the beach and I climbed the
hill up to the campsite.
I had a roommate when I got back.
I went and cooked dinner and got back to the dorm just as a massive thunderstorm hit!!
It was great to hear and it reminded me of home.
I fell asleep to the sound of the storm.
Sorrento was excellent as a base - for the ruins of Pompeii, the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the money of Capri!