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  • Day5

    Naples!

    November 6 in Italy

    You know when you get to have breakfast alfresco, it's going to be a great day! Sun is shining, skies are blue, and cappacino is great!
    Off we go... by motorcoach to take in the sites of the city from one of the highest points of Naples. Breathe taking view of the Mediterranean sea that can't be captured in a single picture.
    Back down into the historical district for a walking tour of churches, shops and bakeries - where we had a midmorning treat, then off again.
    More walking, then our coach picks us up to drive us back to the waterfront to Rosolina's. The personal pizza here is enough for 2 or more, but excellent. (Accompanied with wine.) Followed by a couple of great sfogliatella and a shot of limoncello!
    Good thing the hotel we were to inspect was just a block down the street. Grand Hotel Saint Lucia is a beautifully restored hotel with an amazing view.
    The rest of the afternoon was ours to do as we wished as along as we were ready to leave at 710 for our dinner at Marianna's place. More on that later.
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  • Day6

    Dinner at Marianna's

    November 7 in Italy

    Avanti is the only company that offers this special feature - dinner in a local's home. Come, sit, relax, have a glass of wine, converse with new friends and enjoy a special evening. This evening we rode to the marina were Marianna lives in a beautiful complex. We rode the open elevator up to the 6th floor and were greeted by our gracious host.
    For the next 3 hours flew by... we chatted about our day, had some wine, toasted to good days ahead, laughed, listened to a wonderful guitarist and singer and ate fabulous (what I would call) Italian comfort foods - mini 'mama's pizza', gnocchi with marinara sauce, pasta with prawns, bread, fennel and orange salad. Dessert was puffs filled with a limoncello cream and a shot of limoncello! AMAZING!
    The miracle is that we all came down the elevator (3 at a time) and it still works! So full not sure I'll get to sleep anytime soon but tomorrow we head for Sorrento via Pompeii.
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  • Day5

    More pictures...

    November 6 in Italy

    As we are only in Naples 1 full day, took lots of pictures to capture this beautiful city.

  • Day274

    9 months away & a visit to Naples

    March 27, 2017 in Italy

    We've been on the road for 9 months today. These monthly milestones seem to be coming closer and closer together as we become more settled in this way of life.
    Our journey happens everyday and although Vicky likes to plan, we've been on our own for the last 6 months and have embraced not knowing exactly where we will be next month, next week or even tomorrow, as our plans often change depending on what we encounter. While we've got a month by month itinerary of which country we'll be in, we don't plan our week by week until close to the time we go. We sometimes set off with a stopover in the sat nav, but if the van is serviced and we intend to wild camp, we don't know where we'll be sleeping. A major advantage is the element of discovery and surprise. A disadvantage, if you can call it that, is that without set plans for specific dates and places, we don't look forward with any level of detail or spend time visualising and anticipating as we would when we used to plan a week's holiday to somewhere familiar like Bala in Wales. Its friends and family to the rescue in this respect because we are lucky to be able to look forward to several highly anticipated visits in the coming months!

    Anyway, enough of this introspection, we are in Napoli, the home of Neapolitan pizza! Our Italian camperstop book told us there was overnight parking available at the port for a charge as well as a campsite a little further out of town. The parking was within walking distance from the centre, so we headed for this first and programmed the campsite in as a backup.

    It was with more than a little trepidation that we exited the motorway and began to negotiate the city streets. We'd met a Dutch couple a few days ago who had just come from Naples and described it as a 'crazy city' (and not in a good way). The Rough Guides description backed this up, so we had our wits about us. After asking two people, we found the parking within the busy port complex and although it was €30 for 24 hours, we decided the proximity to the centre and the on site parking attendant made it worth it.

    After taking care of Poppy, we strode out in search of lunch. The day was overcast and cooler than we'd been used to, with a few rain showers. Vicky found it quite refreshing to see Italy in this weather as she still felt all the warmth and sunshine was a bit unreal.

    Ironically, the marketside pizzeria wanted to flog us a Margherita and seemed not to understand 'Pizza Napoli' until we pointed it out on their menu board. We took it away and perched on a crumbling concrete planter at the side of the road to devour it and the deep fried dough balls they'd thrown in. It was just the ticket, being able to soak in the sights and feel of the city while eating our delicious local lunch.

    We'd come to the Forcella, at night it was apparently a Mafia stronghold but in the day it was a crazy bustling hive of activity, with market stalls lining streets, filling squares and squeezing in any place they saw fit. There was a mix of Italian, west Asian and African cultures that brought a vibrancy to the city, although there was a definite hierarchy, with the African sellers performing their trade from rugs layed on the pavement.

    The city certainly had 'Sass' and there was a hardness to the people that we hadn't seen in other areas of Italy, but when you approached them with a friendly smile and made the effort to talk Italian, the majority were warm and friendly and we didn't have any negative experiences. Strangely enough, although we didn't relax when out and about, it felt like our sort of place. Vicky loved routing through the second hand clothes stalls, Will loved the fresh fruit, veg and fish being sold on the street and we both loved the the diversity. There were many distinct areas, from the Asian district, the markets where locals bought their fare, the tourist section with trinkets and inflated prices, the artisan eateries and the few attempts at modernisation. There was graffiti everywhere, a certain amount of rubbish and most cars had prominent dents and scratches. The majority of houses were ramshakle tenements with flaking plaster, but these had been built around (and sometimes on top of), some beautifully grand historical buildings, many of which had fallen into disrepair, so that you had to actively look about you to see them.

    An unexpected treat came in the form of a visit to the Napoli Sotteranea; underground tunnels built by the Romans, in which had existed a meeting place for philosophers and shops such as a bakery, a dyeing shop, a bank and a laundry (Vicky couldn't resist playing at hand washing -she'd been doing so much of it recently!)

    Towards the end of our exploration we bought a couple of pastries and ate them sitting on the slightly damp wicker chairs in a narrow thoroughfare, one of the chairs having recently been righted after being knocked over by a car crawling between the pedestrians and street furniture.

    Vicky had had her fill and so returned to the van and made a salad for tea. She wasn't best impressed when Will returned with a supposed Naples 'speciality' of
    deep fried pizza, considering he is now trying to lose weight!

    We revisited the markets before setting off the next morning and came home with some gorgeous looking fish, prawns, some veg, bread and strawberries that Will later made into jam. There are many people who wouldn't like Naples. Perhaps being pre-warned helped us prepare for its overbearing character, but we both loved our time there!
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  • Day2

    Just love Italy!

    May 12 in Italy

    Enjoying the Italian vibe - fab air B and B right in the middle of the Spanish quarter, over a Trattoria and a famous fish shop!!
    Great meal with the locals, cheapest food and wine for months!!
    Off to Pompei and the Amalfj coast with one of the waiters mates as a taxi driver and guide!!

  • Day39

    Naples

    October 7 in Italy

    Up early today to make our way to Naples. While I loved a lot of the sights in Rome, I wasn’t fussed on Rome itself. Such a dirty city and very crowded and I was happy we were moving on. Well we should have stayed in Rome because Naples is so much worse.

    We had heard Naples wasn’t the best place to visit but after watching a documentary on the underground tunnels and reading about the lovely Christmas street and shopping street in old Naples we thought we would add it to our agenda. What a mistake!!

    We lined up to do the Underground tour but decided to give it a miss when we saw how many people would be on the tour. Being crammed in a small tunnel with so many people was not appealing.

    We then managed to find a nice place for lunch, a lovely cafe down a side street that had made an effort to make their laneway a respite from the “real” Naples. It was lovely and the food was delicious.

    We tried to give Naples a go and walked around the streets (there were a couple of cool statues) and checked out some churches, but it was in general just a grubby place to be. Rubbish piled up everywhere, everything (including the churches) covered in graffiti, and lots of gypsies selling stuff, lots of just tacky stores selling tat. The so called Christmas street which supposedly featured beautiful decorations and nativity scenes was just shop after shop of dull, dull, dull and tacky items. No Christmas spirit here.

    And there was just an uncomfortable vibe about the place. We decided after lunch to return to our room and in the end we stayed there until we left early the next morning.
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  • Day53

    Napoli and Ischia

    September 22 in Italy

    Ich mag Fähren einfach sehr. So auch die nach Napoli. Obwohl ich nur einen Schlafsessel gebucht habe und deshalb nicht so super geschlafen habe, die Sicht auf den Vesuv am frühen Morgen wars wert. Napoli ist ein ziemlicher Gegensatz zu Stromboli. Laut, chaotisch und tausend Dinge pro Quadratzentimeter. Ausserdem scheinen sich hier sämtliche Hipster Europas durch Secondhand-Bookshops zu wühlen und für die beste Pizza in Town Schlange zu stehen. Ich war hier zwei Nächte in einem wirklich netten Hostel und hatte mal wieder die Gelegenheit auszugehen. Nach wenig Schlaf bin ich dann früh aufgestanden um für zwei Tage nach Ischia zu fahren. Dort gibes natürliche warme Quellen, ein Vorgeschmack auf Japans Onsen, und den Garten la Mortella. Ansonsten ist es dort ziemlich ruhig. Aktuell bin ich wieder zurück in Napoli, da ich unbedingt noch nach Pompeii möchte.Read more

  • Day1

    Up to depart Ruislip before 3.00!! No exit onto M23 south so small detour via Redhill and ignoring postcode to find our parking. Through security in time for a quick breakfast in Garfunkel’s then a long bus trip from the gate round to the plane parked furthest away and nearest the car park. Take off to the west. Smooth flight and on time arrival. Picked up and transported to our Palazzo.
    Our taxi dropped us in a square some 100 m along a pedestrian street already busy at 10.00. We were plucked from the throng by our hostess, Maria Teresa and brought into a haven of peace. They kindly gave us a brief on the city sights and looked after our cases while our apartment was cleaned.
    We headed out into May Day celebrations with band for a recce of the supermarket then on to the funicular railway which took us up to the view point below Castel St Elmo. On the way back we did supermarket sweep part one for lunch picking up a fine selection of cheeses and cool beers.
    We then retired briefly for a snooze before further shopping activity to provide for home cooked pasta with local Campi Flegrei Piedirosso wine.
    An excellent first day in Napoli.
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  • Day3

    Museum and sea

    May 3 in Italy

    Forecast not too promising so decided to visit Archaeological Museum where many original artefacts from Pompeii are housed. There was a bit of a queue to get in and it rained on us there a bit. Once inside we started with mosaics including many from the Villa of the Faun, with exquisite details and tiny pieces to form the images. Coffee this time from a machine, quite acceptable and only 60 cents!
    Next frescos, some of them from Herculaneum and many depicting architecture and figures, from which it is possible to see what the houses, temples and people looked like some two thousand years ago.
    We rounded off our visit in the Farnese collection where there are amazing marble statues from antiquity.
    We found Sorbillo for lunch, but the queue was far too long, so we found pizza opposite and had lunch back at the flat, with a reviving beers.
    The afternoon weather was a little more favourable so we set off towards the port and Castel d’ovo. It did rain a bit on the way, though it proved a fine way to see another part of Napoli and the seaside. The view of Vesuvius just materialised from cloud at the Castel viewpoint. We headed back up pedestrian shopping streets that were thronging with people in search of a fish shop. We found a street corner stall and purchased three Orate which we had filleted (looked like Dorado we thought so didn’t want too much). Another supermarket dash and back to cook another gourmet feast.
    20,000 steps and another fascinating day.
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  • Day4

    Showers today dictated indoors. Firstly we arrived at San Lorenzo Maggiore which featured a museum while we awaited guided tour of the underground roman market built over an earlier Greek building. It was buried by a mudslide caused by rain and a Vesuvius eruption in 479AD. We definitely dodged some of the showers and enjoyed a very interesting tour.
    After coffee on the Via Duomo we visited the cathedral, dedicated to SAN Genaro where they are busy preparing for the procession celebrating the liquidisation of the saint’s preserved blood tomorrow. On the way back we found the ‘purgatory ‘ church, built by a benefactor to provide somewhere for poor souls who could not afford a proper burial to wait for admission to heaven. Up top was a normal church, below on similar footprint, a church with some niches containing skulls and a closed pit for bones of the deceased. At the back behind the altar, more skulls and bones, another pit and some earth burials. One might have expected to feel a bit spooky but musty was more like it.
    Janet acquired her Neapolitan earrings on the way back to base for lunch.
    A quiet afternoon we visited two very local churches, both large, one extremely finely decorated baroque, the other plain, Franciscan and with a wedding going on. There was some artisan chocolate for tasting on a stall at the gate- good too!
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