Saturday, May 23, 2009
Sorrento, the Italian Riviera
Here we are on our first Mediteranean cruise. Haha! We are actually taking the boat back from Amalfi.
We visited Pompei. It is about a 20 minute walk to the train station and a 30 minute train ride. It was somewhat difficult to tour the ruins. We decided not to hire a tour guide and then we were too far up the hill when we thought renting the audio-guide would have been a good idea. There isn't very good markings about where you are on the site. There are mostly signs in Latin and some in Italian. It took us a while to find our way back to the entrance.
The picture of the bus was our first day trip along the Amalfi Coast. The views are gorgeous. Halfway to our destination, our bus quit working. We had to stop for some road repair and when it was time for the traffic to move, the bus wouldn't move. I didn't need to understand Italian by watching the bus driver's reactions and arm movements. I was a little nervous when all the Italian drivers in back of us started honking their horns. It took about 20 minutes to get going. Either the engine got too hot driving the cliff or the brakes. I was nervous on the first hairpin turn but the bus was able to use it brakes and we stayed on the road instead of being in the sea.
Our hotel is wonderful. We have a sea view. We are maybe an 8-10 minute walk to the action in Sorrento. We are only on our second stop and we both had to buy an extra piece of luggage. Yikes! What are we going to do when we get to Rome? The picture that shows the sea and Sorrento was taken from our balcony.
The final picture is a street scene from Sorrento. It is considered a resort town. It is really in the middle of the action along the coast. Very easy to get to the Isle of Capri, Pompei and the Amalfi Coast. At night, the police block the street off and it becomes a pedestrian walkway.
I've had a request to post pictures of some Italian men. The request is coming from Lauren and her co-workers. I hope I have enough memory in my camera! I'll see what I can do for you Lauren! I may have to just take their backsides since it's not nice to post someone's picture without their permission.