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Bustling Naples

or how to enjoy the sites and dodge traffic

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Audio tour up, boys!

Audio tour up, boys!

Pompeii amphitheatre

Pompeii amphitheatre

I am sitting in our hotel in Verona with a Venice guidebook planning our day trip in two days time. It sounds like it will be amazing! I am very excited to see this city that prompts so many superlatives in every guidebook I have looked at.

We arrived in Italy after an unforgettable boat crossing from Bar, Montenegro to Bari, Italy..unforgettable because everytime one of us mentions it, I start to sway and I can't get those waves out of my mind. The crossing was overnight which we thought was a win, win since our accommodation costs would be low for the day. Financially it was good but my emotions took a beating as I counted down the minutes until I could be to terra firma. Angus and Max agree with me when I say that it will be a while before I get on another ferry.

Our hotel in Naples was near the train station in a busy, seedy part of the city. The traffic was crazy but we loved the pulse and the takeaway kebabs in this area were fantastic. Our trip to Pompeii was a really special experience. We bought the audiotour and the four of us were kept rapt for 4 hours as we walked through the ruins listening to the history and stories. Our first stop was the amphitheatre which is very well-preserved and large enough to accommodate 7 gladiator battles at one time. The brothel, bakery and House of the Ancient Hunt were other favourites. The crowds were heavy when we first arrived but as the sun was setting, they had thinned and seeing the shadows on the buildings while Max and Angus walked the deserted streets was beautiful and something that I will remember for a long time.

A few quick, perhaps facile observations about Naples and Italy in general. The local brake shops must do incredible year round business.
The many cars and scooters in the downtown core try to remain perpetually in motion at crosswalk intersections until the last split second, at which time the alternative is eliminating a dumb tourista or slamming on their brakes. Surprisingly, the system seems to work....but, you have to learn quickly. You have to move consistently and confidently. If you stop, you will be punished. For consideration in Canada ?! It would certainly liven things up. As well, is it not evident that Italian is the absolutely perfect language for Italians ? What a fantastic vehicle for these Southern Mediterranean people to express themselves. It is so lyrical and full of the important facial and hand expressions - just like my lovely spouse
Janet, who fancies herself partially Italian anyway...just like her sister . ;)

Loving the overnight cost savings, we took an overnight train to Verona. I will also not soon forgot the sight of the four of us curled up like cats on the folding train seats. We had our own compartment ("just like on Harry Potter") so we could spread out. It wasn't a great sleep but lying awake in the dark as the train moves over the tracks is a cool experience.

We will be making our way over to Meze in two days and we are all keen to see what our place looks like and what the school is like...okay, I am the only one looking forward to that!

Posted by clarkesabroad 01:56 Archived in Italy Tagged verona naples pompeii

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Looks the fun just keeps on rolling in. Would love to have seen all the tall boys curled up in the train. Limbs everywhere.

Janet, you are looking short. Are you starting to shrink already?

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