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Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples February 27th 2019

As I watched an armed policeman arrest a four-year-old girl for not having tattoos, a young mother next to me reached into a pram and lit her baby’s cigarette. All around us it seemed like the cast of ‘The Sopranos’ were having a boozy reunion. Naples is certainly a place with ‘character’. Statistically Naples isn’t dangerous but most people like their cities to feel organised. Naples is a warren of tenement blocks, and between them people, scooters, cars, market stalls and bars compete for the same living space. The old town is hive of scruffy, littered, graffitied streets. It’s chaotic, but, if you can get beneath the grimy surface, you can love Naples. Example time! Strolling around we spotted a bar; ‘Antica Cantina Sepe’. It operated out of a tiny shop and on the ... read more
‘Antica Cantina Sepe’
Pizza!
La Pizzeria Sorbillo

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples September 15th 2018

Sadly today we had to bid farewell to the Amalfi Coast! We had to check out and leave by 8:30 this morning (that was rude!) and drive along the Amalfi Coast for the last time. Just to add to the thrill, there were cyclists on the road. We drove in the direction of Salerno then started to head toward Napoli. Once again we got to see Mt Vesuvius- there is no avoiding this monster! Our first destination today was to visit the Royal Palace of Caserta. This palace was built in the 18th century and was the last of the great creations of the Italian Baroque. It was constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples and in 1997 it was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the largest Royal Palace in the world ... read more
Royal Palace of Caserta
Entrance to the Royal Palace
The gardens of the palace

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples September 8th 2018

6:45 - get up, showered and packed 7:30 - breakfast and farewell to Avone & Ron, Catrina & Derek and then Sue and Paul 😢😂 8:00 - leave hotel to walk to Central train station 8:40 - Inter city train to Naples. Enjoyed the view of Mt Etna along the way as I was also communicating with Adele (in NZ) and Clare (in Perth) as I followed the demise of the Swans. At Messina the train went inside a ship. I got off the train and caught up with Paul & Judy and Phil & Sue as we bought an Arancini. Back on the train once we were on the mainland. Decided that this process is not as exciting as it sounds! Really enjoyed the scenic coastline along the way. The train round Mt Vesuvius- two ... read more
Volcano #2 - Vesuvius, Campania
Inside the building which my hotel in Naples is in
The amazing dome. Those balconies up high on the left are the hotel.

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples June 29th 2018

Not long after school let out, I met with my best friend Dustin in Italy! He was there for a yoga retreat, and some sun and pizza sounded like a great way to start a summer holiday. This was my first visit to Naples, and I did not know what to expect. We met at the port in Naples, and quickly made our way to the island of Ischia. What a sight! The ferry ride was easy, and we made our way by foot over to our hotel, the Hotel Panoramica, which indeed offered a beautiful view of the sea. It was clear on our walk that the island is used to tourists, and the views and sea made it clear why one wanted to visit. Our dinner at Il Gardinia was the first of many ... read more
View of the castle on Ischia
Negombo Thermal Gardens
Lunch at Negombo

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples June 18th 2018

The ruins of Pompeii were not what I expected. I expected some rocks and rubble. The reality is there is a amazing, intricate city that was preserved in volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pompeii had shops, theaters and homes for citizens. This was a fascinating experience. Side bar, had a dinner conversation with an American on the same tour of as Jack and I about our impressions of Pompeii. She said, "I was disappointed because I thought Pompeii would be like what I saw on the Discovery Channel."... read more
Piazza in Pompeii
Temple of Jupiter
Interior of bath house

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples May 29th 2018

I know we just completed an overland trip to Siena, but with the end of our contract time in Gaeta we decided to do another trip, a shorter one to Naples and to visit the ancient city of Pompeii. We left the marina Sunday morning in order to get to Naples early enough to have time to visit the Archeology Museum. It came highly recommended to us by a few others as it contains many of the original artifacts from the various archeological sites near here as well as from Rome. Our plan was to go to visit the ancient city of Pompeii the next day so thought that by seeing the actual artifacts and learning more about the site before going to Pompeii would be useful. The museum contains a unique collection of archeological items ... read more
A Few of the Details of the Interior of the Museum
Inside the Museum - The Ballroom of the Palace
Models of Pompeii Giving an Idea of the Size

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples April 22nd 2018

Rosamaria and Richard,whom I met about 37 years ago in Seattle, came to Naples from where they live near Bergamo to visit with me and do some sightseeing. We walked all day, except for stopping to eat--no eating on the run. As most of you know I like traveling alone, but I gotta say I loved having company today, and I felt lonely when they left.... read more
Same cloisters
Interesting tree in the cloisters
Castel Nuovo

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples April 21st 2018

I spent the day talking to my ladies and a group of young people who came to visit the elderly. So fun to see the young people paying attention to the elderly. Now I am eating in a real restaurant which I don't often do--octopus salad and eggplant fried with tomatoes. Very good. I'm exhausted from the struggle to stay in Italian all day. More tomorrow when I play tourist with some Italian/American friends.... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples April 21st 2018

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples April 20th 2018

Giovanni, at the lost baggage counter said he was friends with the pope so I would have my suitcase today. I told him I thought the pope had more important things to concern himself with than my suitcase. The important thing was that I arrived safe and sound. I got to bed around 10 PM and slept til 9 AM, so I think I am on Naples time. I visited three of my ladies and will go back tomorrow.... read more
Day view
Interesting old building
Italians love cars from an early age




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