Good afternoon – message coming to you from our hotel in Sorrento.
We had our first day in Rome (Tuesday I think) with our own personal tour guide. David’s cousin Margaret is visiting Rome to see her daughter and her family. She had the day to be with us and it was amazing the things she could point outto us and the stories she could tell Amelia. Amelia is like a sponge soaking up the history and lucky we have a few more days in Rome as we have some biggies to do!
After four hours solid walking we stopped for lunch and then Margaret showed us whichbus stop to get off at for our hotel. I had to push through many people to get off I did say excuse me but don’t think anyone understood.
So Wednesday morning with a 6.00am wakeup call we were checked out and waiting for the tour bus to collect us.
YES we were joining a tour for the first time on our trip and we were not sure how we would go with that. By 7.15 David was back inside and asking reception of our hotel to ring and find outwhere they were. They said they would send a taxi. On arrival the taxi driver asked wherewe were going and we showed him the address. He could not work out where to take us.Thankfully he was able to ring his office and we got on the bus and were on our way toNaples. A highlight was seeing so many policemen and women around waiting forsomeone to come. I asked who was coming but they didn’t have English and my Italianis not the best!
Next stop lunch and a drink before we toured Pompeii. This buried city is amazing and Ameliawas able to remember her year 4 learning. If I remember correctly, 22,000 escaped and4000 were buried alive. It was heart wrenching to see the Mother that laid over her baby for protection. The ancient Roman city was destroyed by the eruption of ‘Mount Vesuvio in79 BC and buried it in stones and ash. 4-6 metres.
From Pompeii it was to our hotel in Sorrento.
Day two – picked up and taken to the ferry to Capri.
Marco our super Italian guide gave us instructions to be the first off the ferry.Stay down the back. Following instructions. We all did what we were asked and thatenabled us to get on to our waiting boat and make our way to the Blue Grotto.We were going “grotting” – that is what David called it – a new word.Anyway, into little boats in fours we waited a short time and entered into a magicalplace. This is very much a weather permitting activity and we learnt no one got through the next day.
Visited the Augustus Gardens and had free time to meet up again.The Spanish speaking people (3 in toal) ruined our guides day. We waited forty-five minutes. Missed our bus and had to get another one andmissed our lunch slot. Got on the ferry to return and still no sign of the 3 people.Everyone knows Marco and he left heaps of messages trying to find them.
Day 3 – the 3 of us caught a local bus and went to Positano, a town on the Amalfi coast. Spectacular road carved ito the cliffs.Caught the bus back and had lunch and cruised the shops of Sorrento,
Here we are waiting to do a few pickups of people and transfer back to Roma.
POSTSCRIPT – late into our hotel 9.15pm.