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  • Day38

    Flixperience to Sorrento

    August 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Well u had to be on our FlixBus from Rome to Sorrento to fully appreciate the experience of the driver playing sky sports loudly whilst driving, talking on his phone v loudly whilst negotiating hairpin bends at speed and playing music loud enough it felt like we were at a bad concert!! as per usual we got great value for money being 45 mins late.
    Checked into our dodgy accommodation before hitting “town”.
    Had a lovely dinner of freshly caught fish, on the water front at a family run restaurant with the lovely Lou, Nat and friends.
    Had a lovely evening catching up before strolling uphill back to our accommodation- it is still soo hot!
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  • Day44

    Last day in Sorrento

    August 14, 2019 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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  • Day39

    Our overnight security

    August 9, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Because I needed to sleep with the door open as it’s so hot and we don’t have air con- K made me do this for security!!!...... a trip wire of the PAC safe anchored by 2 x 20 kgs bags!!!
    Luckily we survived the night!!!

  • Day42

    Happy 50th Lou!!

    August 12, 2019 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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  • Day45

    Sorrento to Rome to London

    August 15, 2019 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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  • Day41

    Lou's bday dinner Sorrento

    August 11, 2019 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

  • Day52

    Helikopterrundflug über den Vesuv!

    September 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Ich kam ins Office um den Dienstplan einzusehen und wurde schon von meinen Kollegen mit den Worten begrüßt: "Du Arme hast morgen den einzigen Ausflug zum Übersetzen erwischt.... Aber es ist zugleich der mit Abstand geilste Ausflug!"

    Ja die Freude war kaum zu bändigen als ich auf den Dienstplan geschaut hatte und für den Helikopterrundflug über Capri, Vesuv, Herculaneum, Pompeji, Amalfi, Positano und Sorrent eingeteilt wurde. Laut Plan gab es 7 verfügbare Plätze und nur 5 davon wurden gebucht. Uiuiui dementsprechend sollte ich mitfliegen. Die Vorfreude war riesengroß!

    Die Enttäuschung dementsprechend jedoch auch als sich herausstellte, dass es sich um ein Missverständnis der Reiseagentur gehalten hat. Es gab zwar 7 freie Plätze, jedoch nur im Minivan zum Heli. Im Heli selbst waren lediglich 5 Plätze verfügbar. 😩😩😩
    Ich durfte also 1,5h mit den lieben Gästen im Minivan verbringen und fleißig übersetzen um dann von unten zu winken als sie mit dem Heli abgehoben waren. 🤬🤬🤬
    Aber hey, immerhin hab ich in der Zwischenzeit mit dem Fahrer und Guide eine Flasche landestypischen Limoncello und Meloncello geleert. 😁
    Es war gestern auch recht bewölkt, so dass der Schwenk über den Vesuv eh gestrichen wurde. 😈 Von daher hatte es vielleicht doch etwas Gutes. Meine Chefin weiß Bescheid und somit werde ich nochmal zu einem Heliausflug eingetragen um dann auch abheben zu können.

    Hier mal noch ein paar Eindrücke des Guides, der vergangene Woche bei strahlendem Sonnenschein mitfliegen durfte. Aber hey, die Sicht gestern war eh viiiieeeel zu schlecht. 😉 Da mach ich das doch lieber noch mal bei Sonnenschein.
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  • Day9

    To Herculaneum

    December 28, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Back on the 9:37 commuter train, this time to Herculaneum. This is a much smaller place than Pompeii, it was basically a residential town for about 20,000 people. This city was covered in lava, not volcanic ash like Pompeii. Lots of small shops, not much grandiosity, lots of homes with their peristyles and frescoed chambers. The saddest thing was the old boat huts down by what used to the beach. Many people rushed to take cover there, and the skeletons are left just as they were found. We enjoyed it very much, and this time had thought to bring fruit and nuts, yoghurt, oranges, and some chocolate (which is what I always carry on the camino, coincidentally!). Of course, wouldn’t you know it, this time there was a little cafe right there, but no way was I going to lug the food back to the hotel.

    Since Herculaneum is so much smaller, we had seen about everything after about 3 1/2 hours and decided to get the 3:15 train back to Sorrento. Clever travelers that we are, we had no idea that more than one line ran on those tracks, and sure enough, we got on the wrong train. I noticed the mistake about three stops later, and learned that we would have to get off and go back. No big deal, except that for some reason, the next train was cancelled, but we finally rolled into Sorrento around 6 pm instead of our hoped-for 4 pm! But hey, it’s not every day that you can stand and wait in dusk with Vesuvius in the background! Luckily, I had my book, Americanah (loving it), to keep me occupied!

    Well, that will just make for a late dinner, and since tomorrow is a “rest day” (another familiar camino technique) we can sleep in and lollygag around Sorrento.
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  • Day8

    Day in Pompeii

    December 27, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Today’s destination was about a half hour from Sorrento on the commuter train, the Circumvesuviana. We were inside the ruins by around10:30 and didn’t leave till the 4:17 return train home. So it was a long day, many miles of walking no doubt, from the foro to the Villa Misteri with its beautiful frescoes of a young girl being inducted into a forbidden cult, to the amphitheater, through temples, baths, bars, markets, we walked and walked and walked! Rick Steves got my admiration again, since we used his podcast walking tour and it was very good, chock full of information, and easy to follow. Only negative was that by the time we were hungry, we were a long way from the only open restaurant (having followed signs to another one that was locked up tight,grrrr.) So our lunch consisted of bananas, oranges, and some old American Airlines cookies I found in the bottom of my pack!

    We will reward outselves with a good dinner in about an hour. Great day, beautiful weather.
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  • Day10

    Chill-axing in Sorrento

    December 29, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    So while one of us went early to the fitness center, the other slept till about 9. Our lazy breakfast, with TWO cappuccinos, made us one of the last to leave the breakfast room. Then we walked and walked and enjoyed the port, the old town, the many Nativity scenes, and of course another coffee.

    At around 2:30, I deposited Joe in an old cafe with good panini and gelato, and I left him there while I went to the laundromat. Very efficient, and we are now set for the second half of the trip. Then more strolling along the water. There are some very fancy hotels with lovely verandas and views. Since no one seemed to mind our presence, we enjoyed seeing how the other half enjoys Sorrento.

    One last dinner here tonight. We have had three excellent meals, in Tasso, La Favorita, and Zi’Antonio, and are hoping for one more. Great fish and pasta in all three!
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