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Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento May 20th 2014

Day 5, Saturday – Rome on our own. After three days of tours it was finally a chance for us to just wander around Rome on our own (although we walked most of it already). While in the area of the Colosseum we did not get a chance to see the Circus Maximus, which was a sports arena that could hold 200,000 spectators. This is where major chariot races were held. So instead of walking we went to the Termini Rail Station to get our train tickets to Sorrento for tomorrow and a day pass for the metro which includes the bus lines as well. A guide from our previous tour explained that there are a couple of reasons why there are only two metro lines (A and B) underground. First of all, the Italians are ... read more
Entrance to our Hotel in Sorrento
Sorrento
Big dog at the pub

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento April 25th 2014

Another driving day today as we headed for Vico Equense, a small town south of Naples just short of Sorrento. We also wanted to stop in Naples for pizza as it is meant to be the home of pizza. A quick side not for those who are adventurous and want to drive in Italy. It is not too bad but you do have to know how they drive and match your style to theirs. If you drive like and Aussie or an American, you will get driven off the road… don’t expect right of way and don’t use the horn aggressively. Rome is just the same but with spaghetti interchanges – Naples is a whole different ball game! There doesn’t seem to be any real hard and fast rules here. Red lights are just a cautionary ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento November 5th 2013

An early start. The rain stopped during the early morning and though the temp was cooler, it was a pleasant suitcase drag to the stationale for a very fresh croissant and coffee prior to boarding our train to Roma (again). Roy and I are so proud of ourselves, sussing out the trains, finding accommodation, etc. and all without a bad word between us. He beat me at a game of Phase 10 on the first part of our journey between Le Spezia and Rome, which we had done before but still found some interesting views. Changed trains in Rome, heading for Napoli (Naples). The train reached 301 kms per hour though I only caught 300 kms per hour on my camera. The onboard weather map was showing some pretty heavy showers for the coming days. In ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 20th 2013

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757 To continue: woke up at about 3:15 am and got back to sleep about 5 ish and up a few minutes after 6... that's how my nights have been going the last few nights, o well...Packed and set out for the train station stopping by to pick up my hot tea and chocolate cornetto to eat on the go, the B&B arranges with a café around the corner, you give them a slip of paper and you get a drink and cornetto for breakfast. The train was on binario 24, found it easily which was nice...Got on in plenty of time, found a seat and had all my stuff around me. Two men then sat next to me and looked like gypsies, they did have tickets but saw they were good from this ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 19th 2013

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757Had my last breakfast with my hostess at 8 am, she really was a delightful lady and I hope to see her again if possible. Left the apt a little before 9 to walk to the train station to make the 9:37 circumsuviana train to Napoli in order to catch the Frecciarossa train to Roma, I have a reserved seat leaving at 12:00. I had to stop at one point to take the backpack off, note to self: pack LIGHTER!! I have no idea how to do this as I only have the carry-on and smallish backpack... but if I can really want to take even less stuff.... Made it in plenty of time, bought the 4,10 euro ticket to Naples and sat on the train for 20 minutes waiting for it to take ... read more
My room at the B&B
Bathroom
Nice to have a larger shower ;-)

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 18th 2013

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757Well, the school saved the best outing for last, our final evening. Our same little group plus one went to Villa Pane where the very hospitable owner of this great looking B & B allowed us into her kitchen and gave us the recipe's she uses every day for her fortunate guests. We arrived about 4:45ish after a ride through some "streets" that were about 6 inches wider than our van very much awake! After stopping literally 2 inches from the back of the vehicle in front of us at one point, one of the other students said, "piano, piano.." "slower, slower..." I really can't say enough good things about our hostess, she really wanted us to enjoy ourselves and went out of her way to make sure we were understanding what she was ... read more
More fun!
Again...
Beautiful kitchen

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 17th 2013

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757Buongiorno! Come stai?I have officially graduated from baby step 1 to baby step 2! We'll see if I can keep my studying up to stay there! However I did, it's been enjoyable and a real learning experience in several ways. Will make it short for the following reasons: 1. Have to try to sleep, have had a hard time the last few nights doing this...2. Am leaving early to make sure I have contingency plans in place in case the transit strike that was to end today, disrupts things tomorrow3. Should have time in the airports to do the blog tomorrow, unless running through the airport is involved4. See number one...Lots to tell you tomorrow, as the school saved the best outing for last...Am excited to be going home, a little over two weeks ... read more
Name of the school- on the gate entrance
Driveway from gate to school
Same- beautiful

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 16th 2013

A week since our last update, time is flying! I keep promising I will write things down more regularly, but so many distractions! We had just arrived in Rome in our last update and I think I had mentioned we were going out on Segways on Thursday Night. To say I (Amanda) was a little apprehensive, is an understatement. They look like the most amount of fun and I can tell you, they are!!! In our Segway Group there was only 4 of us plus the guide, so it was nice and small. We started with a 10 minute training session and that is all you really need. Andrew and I picked it up very quickly and we had an absolute ball! The company we went with were very organised, everyone had their own radio with ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 16th 2013

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757Hello all,Have had a fairly busy last 3 days, it's really hard to believe that I've been gone almost 2 weeks! In some ways, it seems longer than that but at the same time it's gone very quickly, time is a hard thing to define...Monday: We had 3 new people join our class, one gal that we already knew and was here last week. A woman from Switzerland that will be here for a month, and another gal from Norway, I think she may have been here last week also though in another class. The teachers have all switched around also, so we have two new ones, they are quite nice also but speak to us in Italian more... Molto difficile! After class, I went for a long walk down the main road trying ... read more
Watching them film the owners
The name of the limoncello company
Where they make everything

Europe » Italy » Campania » Sorrento October 16th 2013

Geo: 40.6263, 14.3757Another good day of class, they are having us play some games that help with vocabulary, etc.. and it really helps the lesson 'stick' hopefully even when I'm not here ;-)After class went and replenished the groceries, water, fresh pasta, tomatoes, sauce, and a bag of salad. Took it back to the apt and remembered that I had the pizza from last night, so definitely ate that and will make the pasta tomorrow.Met up with my little group at 2, tried to plan a hike up to a couple of churches and great views, plus a little exercise, made a plan and we were off by 2:30... Started off well by following the directions, quite a steep climb but the view was amazing, this really is a beautiful place, great to visit but too ... read more
Fairly steep...
Great views!
Again...




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