17.10.2011 - 20.10.2011
PS - Italian coast - Minori, Amalfi, Positano - what can we say except aaahhh! This is the life. Had my wine sitting outside in Minori and yes EVERYTHING you have heard about the bus trips around the coast line is true. Sit on the cliff side of the bus only if you enjoy a good scare!! Awesome value for money if you are a thrill seeker. A cross between a roller coaster ride and hot laps on a race track. Obviously the very first driver we had here was practicing for a bus grand prix. 3.60€ for a 90 minute ticket. The ferry trip from Amalfi to Positano and return is beautiful and cheap as chips. The weather has been very kind to us. I won't make you jealous with details about the views of the coastline, Capri or the clear blue sea.
Between Jude and I we have snapped enough photos to wallpaper a good sized room.
Pompeii day tour with Sunland Tour, Dominico driving us so well around the Amalfi coast road Jude and I nearly doze off. Very big difference to our first bus trip here. Alisandra - our guide - very fluent in several languages and great to listen to, almost hypnotic. Pompeii was very interesting and we covered a fraction of it. Allow 3 days if you want to see it all. Most of the original items found are in a museum in Napoli eg the loaves of bread found in the bakery oven after Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. After lunch, which included gelato, it was on the bus to Mt Vesuvius to get to 1000 ft then on foot to get to 1254 ft and walk around the crater which took about 40 minutes, including calf muscle rests.
Up in the clouds looking out over the sea and Napoli and smoke rising from the volcano, next predicted to erupt in about 10 years.
By the time you read this we will be in Venice. I'll be trying to get Judles to air guitar to AC/DC.
Minori has been great, the people are friendly and helpful and put up with out terrible attempts at Italian.
Dinner at Bar Midnight Sun here in Minori is where they treat you like royalty and the food is yummo.
We have sampled as much variety of local food as we can. We really like the kebabs at the local pizzeria, the hot chocolate at the cafe down from the Villa Romana and the creme Lemoncello available from Amalfi.
Will be sorry to leave.