Tamsin Gallie

Joined June 2019Living in: Moeraki, New Zealand
  • Day45

    Sorrento to Rome to London

    August 15 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Travel day today. Packed up and checked out of Hotel Desiree (v gladly after a v hot, noisy night).
    Got the bus from Sorrento to Naples which was a shit fight when the driver couldn’t/ wouldn’t open the side luggage door. Cases had to be piled onto the v small bus.
    At Naples we transferred onto a fast train to Rome travelling at a speedy 300kph
    The travel gods were with us at Rome as we managed to get a bus to the airport leaving almost immediately.
    Now just waiting for EasyJet to put up the gate and fly us safely to Gatwick... delayed sign came up whilst typing this- typical
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  • Day44

    Last day in Sorrento

    August 14 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Had a v productive day doing v little.
    Had brekkie and spent the morning in town wandering through the narrow lanes, a little shopping and then more trip planning in a cafe with fast internet and air con.
    It was much cooler today which gave us both a new lease of life.
    Had our last swim in the eyeline of Vesuvius whilst enjoying the lovely temperature.
    We then walked to Marina Grande and had a simple dinner on the beach listening to the sea- all v nice.
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  • Day43

    Pompei - Part 3 - plaster people

    August 13 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    So after the ash and gas killed the population of Pompei they were entombed.
    The decompensation resulted in hollow “moulds” of their last resting positions.
    Someone centuries later on discovering these decided to fill them with liquid plaster and make the plaster casts figures seen today.

  • Day43

    Pompei- part 1

    August 13 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Great 4 hours out at Pompei.
    Easily got the early train after purchasing our “walking tour with an archaeologist” tickets-this was the best option after researching it.
    Francesca our guide was Informative with the basics of what we were looking at starting with the gate to the city, the Basillica etc.
    We learnt that even before Vesuvius covered it in ash and killed people with poisonous gases in 79AD, the City was being rebuilt due to an earthquake several years earlier.
    The Romans certainly knew how to make roads with drainage, buildings with pipework and the most amazing frescos and mosaics-the photos couldn’t do it justice
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  • Day42

    Happy 50th Lou!!

    August 12 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    Started the morning with breakfast at the hotel before taking some pics of the delightful decor.
    Spent the morning trip planning before a little wander around the shops of Sorrento.
    Late afternoon saw us join Lou, Nat, Donna and Gail at the Hotel Aminta for a dip in the pool before a v lovely dinner on the terrace, overlooking Vesuvius for Lou’s actual bday.
    Another amazing meal with great food, service and company.
    Happy 50th Lou xx
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  • Day41

    Lou's bday dinner Sorrento

    August 11 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    Fabulous bday dinner high over Sorrento at the Hotel Continental roof top restaurant.
    This was much needed after a day of trip planning.
    The food, location and company were tip top.
    Happy bday lou for tmrw xx

  • Day40

    Vesuvius

    August 10 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    So today we planned to climb some of Vesuvius despite the heat. This turned out to be a great decision as it was cooler at the top of the 1200m volcano.
    We got the train to Ercolano and then a bus that took us most of the way up.
    It was then a 30 min steep slog to the top to be able to peer down into the enormous crater. It is still deemed active but last erupted March 1944.
    At the top we were not only greeted with the crater but horrible stalls selling the most tacky gifts ever.... plus cans of beer and wine!!
    We had a walk as far around as we could go and then walked back down to the bus to take us to the train back to Sorrento.
    There was the most ghastly family of 12 on the train who preceded to throw all of their plastic rubbish out of the windows of the moving train- it made me feel sick. Then the accordion player got on busking on the packed and boiling hot train- could it get at worse??
    A quick swim at the beach and then off out for dinner anda fabulous catch up with Kirsten, Rob, Harry and Max- friends of ours from PNG who now live in UK who r here on holiday!! Had a slight disaster getting home so ended up in a taxi thank god despite his atrocious rally car driving whilst arguing into his phone!!
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  • Day39

    So today we went to Capri

    August 9 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    We finally got the ferry from Sorrento to Capri after walking around in the heat trying to find where to buy tickets that weren’t tour tickets (Italians do not make tourist’s lives easier by putting up little signs to say “ tickets here”)
    With sweat running in rivulets and after queuing we got the fast ferry to Capri with a much welcomed breeze- to be honest I could have stayed on the boat!
    Capri is basically a playground for the v rich and ? Famous.
    We got the funicular ( more couldn’t find where to buy a ticket) up to the piazza and walked with the heaving masses around the narrow streets. We were going to get a bus to the outer edges of the island but they were rammed.
    Life got better when I found the street of v high end designer shops- all with air con and outfits including a gold tracksuit from €600-€3000!!!
    Got the early ferry back to Sorrento and found our private beach via an elevator down the cliff face!!
    Had a great swim in the sea - total heaven.
    We then went out for a lovely meal with Lou, Nat and friends before wandering home to our accomm.
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