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  • 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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  • Day13

    Sorrento to Capri

    May 20, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Sorrento is a delightful town, clinging to the volcanic cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with Vesuvius in the distance. Lemons are huge,and as attested last night, their I on cello is to die for!

    This place must've a nightmare I the summer with tourists, it was very busy yesterday with 3 cruuse ships in harbour. Today less so as noships, but still lots of people . It was very cool today, only about 16 degrees, but some intrepid (Aussie) girls we met decided t I swim on the black sand beach.

    The township has lots of wonderful little alley ways to explore,and great little stores. We bought a ceramic plaque with house numbers that's cute, and I had to pick up a top or two...

    Right now, we have just boarded a ferry for the Isle of Capri, and I will post more this evening. Ciao!
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  • Day6


    October 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Eine Stadt auf Felsen gebaut 😃

    Ohhhh wie wundervoll ist diese Stadt und dann noch dieses Wetter. Ein Traum 🌞 Leider waren wir nur bis 14 Uhr mit dem Schiff vor Anker. Ich hab mich mit meiner Arbeit beeilt und bin um 11 Uhr schnell rausgegangen. Hab dort eine leckere Pizza und ein Eis zum Nachtisch gegessen - mjami. Hinter jeder Ecke gab es so schöne Dinge zu sehen, wäre gern da geblieben.Read more

  • Day7

    Wonderful day!

    November 8, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Lunch in Positano was wonderful, as all meals have been, then back to the hotel for a rest (for some people) but a few of us enjoyed the patio with wine and a beautiful sunset!
    Off for a couple of hotel/villa tours. Now enjoying a simpler dinner. Off for a walk thru the historical district to window shopping!Read more

  • Day40


    October 8, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    What a difference a day makes, from nasty Naples to stunning Sorrento. This place is heaven!!

    We somehow managed to make it on to the train at Naples after fighting against a huge crowd of people determined to get off the platform and not make any room for people trying to get on. I can understand how people get pick-pocketed here. It was overwhelming. The train ride was just as unpleasant as I was sat across from an old lady who was muttering Italian in a “devil” like voice and doing the sign of the cross for the whole ride. I think she put a curse on me. Arriving in Sorrento broke that curse.

    Our room is beautiful, location amazing, the streets are clean and the sun is shining. There are very few people here so we spent the afternoon wandering the streets, exploring the area, checking out the shops (I love the ceramics here) and enjoying an afternoon drink sat overlooking the amazing water. It is such a pretty town and so full of colour. Such a contrast to where we just came from.

    And we had some amazing meals here too. While waiting for our accommodation we enjoyed a very delicious brunch at Mo Mo, a kitchen and bar next door to where we are staying. We enjoyed it so much we went back for dinner and I had the best ravioli so far on the trip.

    Another place we visited twice was the Restaurant Terrazza delle Sirene at the Foreigner's Club, overlooking the amazing coastline. We enjoyed an afternoon drink and snacks on our first day, had a chat with some English tourists at the next table, and patted the local cats who joined us, while admiring the beautiful scenery. We were so impressed we returned for dinner on our last night and it was fabulous. Another plus for this beautiful town.

    We don’t want to leave. Sorrento put us back into holiday mode and helped wipe away the homesickness blues.
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