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Europe » Italy » Campania » Capri September 12th 2019

This morning, Paula, Sharon and I took a taxi to Sorrento Port for our ‘Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour’ from Sorrento by Raphael Tours. We met our guide Luciana at 8:10am and then caught a high speed jetfoil ferry across to Capri. At Marina Grande, the main port of the Capri, we got on small buses for the trip up the ‘Mamma Mia’ road to Anacapri (meaning upper Capri). We walked to a viewing area, where we had wonderful views back across the Bay of Naples… This was also where the Phoenician Staircase came up, the set of almost 900 stairs from the port up to the summit. At Anacapri, we caught a chair lift up to the top – the views from the lift and at the top were amazing. After this, we caught ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei September 11th 2019

Ilaria and Antonia picked us up at 8am for our journey to Pompeii. Pompeii had been a port town in ancient times and was destroyed progressively over about 3 days of volcanic action. We went past the ancient rock tombs and into the theatre, bathhouse, House of Menander, brothel and city square. After a 20 minute drive, we arrived at Sorrentino winery for lunch. We had courses with matching wines, starting with a sparkling white wine, then an antipasto platter with a flat white, a light red and then a heavier red with spaghetti with Napoletano sauce and dessert was a pound cake with apricot sauce. Herculaneum was a short drive and had been destroyed quickly in a cataclysmic eruption, where the town was buried with mud and lava. As we approached the entrance, we could ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Massa Lubrense September 8th 2019

Today was a rest day so we walked down to the water and along the coastal path into Marina della Lobra, where we explored the restaurants and mini-markets. The rest of the day was spent at the villa, relaxing and looking at the view.... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Massa Lubrense September 7th 2019

We checked out of the apartment in time for our 9:30am transfer to Villa Bouganville in Masse Lubrense on the Sorrento (Amalfi) Coast. Our driver Tommaso dropped us off at Villa d’Este at Tivoli for a walk around the gardens and villa. This site is on a very steep slope and all of the fountains are powered by gravity. After entry, we walked through the Courtyard into the villa, through the Cardinal’s Apartment, Hall of the Fountain and Hall of Hercules and then out onto the Gran Loggia with a view of the garden. Walking down the steps, I kept to the left and walked past the Fountain of Rometta, the Hundred Fountains and down to the Fish Ponds which are 4m deep. Other scenic spots were the Rotunda of the Cypress, Fountain of Diana of ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Maiori March 8th 2019

I can think of only a few things in life that we have absolutely no control over. I'm sure there must be many more but there are only three that come to mind immediately. No matter what we do we can't control who our parents are, what sex we are or where we are born. Our parents give us our genetic makeup, for better or worse, and have a lot to do with the development of our personalities. For most people, some of the strongest love we experience is from our parents and we return it wholeheartedly. Of course, that is not true for all but because we share so many common characteristics we probably find that our similarities will, at the minimum, allow us to accept our parents at some point. For some, our sex ... read more
Atrani- Amalfi Coast
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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 » Salerno October 20th 2018

Première chose que Genevieve me dit en arrivant à l’arrêt de bus pour aller à Amalfi (ensuite transfert de bus vers Salerno) et je cite, mot pour mot: « Là, *beeep*, t’es-tu sur de ton coup avec le bus? On s’est *beeep* fait *beeep* hier, j’ai *beeep* pas le goût de recommencer ». J’ai été obligé de lui dire de surveiller son langage. Le blog est classé PG-13. Et bien évidemment, je ne me suis pas trompé de bus. Par contre, on avait 15 minutes pour le transfert de bus à Amalfi. Ce qui me semblait initialement amplement suffisant commençait à paraître bien peu avec le traffic. On commence à regarder nerveusement notre montre et la distance restante. Il reste 3 minutes et on est pris dans le trafic, à 200 mètres du terminus. Heureusement, un ... read more
Romy qui a pris goût aux fontaines italiennes.
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Agerola October 15th 2018

Première journée à San Lazzaro, on décide de donner un peu de temps à Romy. On va donc passer une petite heure dans le parc près de l’appart avec des jeux pour enfants. On fait ensuite une petite randonnée de 2km pour aller voir un vieux château. On rencontre en chemin un dude passionné de ses tomates qui nous fait goûter lesdites tomates (délicieuses) et nous dit qu’il a un resto avec des produits de son jardin. On lui demande s’il est ouvert pour dîner (au retour du trek). Pas de chance. Seulement le soir. Tant pis. Au retour du trek, on décide de gâter Romy encore un peu (elle en aura besoin plus tard dans le blog) et on revient faire la sieste à l’appart. Sa première vraie sieste (pas dans le porte-bébé) du voyage. ... read more
Vue à partir de San Lazzaro
Randonnée des dieux
vue sur la mer

Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei October 12th 2018

Day 6 - Pompeii - One the most famous Roman sites in the world, but Pompeii was just another Roman seaside resort until Mount Vesuvius erupted. Thousands of people has been killed and the whole city was buried under a blanket of volcanic ash, forgotten until it was unearthed by explorers 1800 years later. Preserved like a photo of Roman life frozen in time. We arrive at Pompeii, and the first thing you notice is its size. Although no one knows for sure, it’s estimated that 20,000 people lived here and the archaeological site covers over 100+ acres, so you could easily spend a week wandering around it all. The tour guide was so good that it brought the history around us to life. The layer of ash did an amazing job of preserving the details ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Torre Annunziata October 11th 2018

Donc Naples. Mais pas vraiment. C’est parfois ce qui arrive avec Airbnb. C’est vraiment génial, mais pas parfait. On a l’adresse exacte seulement une fois qu’on a réservé. Et on réalise pas toujours les distances. Pour Rome, on était un peu excentré, mais 15 minutes de métro et on était au centre de Rome. Pour Naples, pas tout à fait. C’était plus 20 minutes... de train. Bref, on n’a vu de Naples que sa gare. Tant pis pour l’antica Pizzeria da Michèle. Ce sera pour une autre fois. Notre nouvel appart était donc à Torre Annunziata. Notre guide touristique en parle ainsi: « enfouies sous les rues disgracieuses de Torre Annunziata, les ruines d’Oplonte bla bla bla. » C’est la seule place où ils parlent de la ville et c’est ce qu’ils ont à en dire. ... read more
La vue
Romy et Geneviève à la chasse aux geants
Cette fois ci, Romy s’enfuit des monstres




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