Wake up call this morning was 6:30 but we were up. Bags had to be out at 7:15 . Steve was up before then which meant so was I. 🙂
We showered and put the bags out early and went to breakfast for coffee and then food. The eggs were cooked very well today as well as the bacon. After multiple cups of coffee I feel semi-human. Let me tell you I have bags under my eyes that I’ve never seen before.
We were ready to go at 8 am for a lot of bus time today.
We went about 3 hours before our first comfort stop. It did have a good gift shop where I bought some bruschetta topping.
|Who needs this?|
Lunch was another hour and half. We choose poorly. i had the salami and cheese panini which had just one thin piece of each and a diet coke. Steve had a salad, french fries and a diet coke. We saw better meals on some of our fellow travelers’ tables who had lasagne, pasta with meat sauce or minestrone soup.
|The road to Pompeii|
Next stop about 90 minutes later is Pompeii. We had rain at lunch and by the time we got to Pompeii it was sunny and warm. I was glad I wore my hat.
Our guide was Enzo and we had a 90 minute tour with him. The ruins are amazing and words could never do justice.
|Enzo is standing on stepping stones to cross street|
|Grooves in the street from chariots|
|Original marble floor|
|Original frescoes – bathhouse|
|“Menu” of services offered|
|Literally a street sign pointing the way to the brothel|
I took a couple hundred pictures but have tried to share just a few highlights.
|A Pompeii public well|
|Mt. Vesuvius is in the background|
|One of the three sets of Pompeii citizen casts on display|
|The marble chips would be street lights (lit up by moonlight)|
Brad treated us to a flourish at the end which was a orange/lemon slushie drink called granita. It was so refreshing and delicious. It was definitely fresh squeezed.
We had time to shop and use the restrooms (50 cents) before boarding the bus again. Along the way, we stopped at a scenic pullout for pictures before heading into Sorrento.
We first went to a inlay wood demonstration at the Notturno inlaid wood factory. It was interesting although I felt we had too much “shopping” time after the demo.
We then finally got to the hotel at 7 pm and got our room keys.
|Statue of St. Anthony – Sorrento’s patron saint|
|Another statue of St. Anthony on the way|
We walked to the celebration dinner which was about 1/2 mile away at the Terrazza delle Sirene restaurant.
It was outdoors with a beautiful view of Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.
|Our table went through a few of these|
First course was caprese salad. Then we had two kinds of pasta, lasagne and a white sauce with ham.
The main course was roasted chicken with carrots and potatoes.
The final course was lemon cake with american coffee.
We then had limoncello liquor to end the meal. It was wonderful! We sat with the Steele family and Steve and Jan.
We walked back to the hotel independently. Steve and Jan walked with us and we stopped for some gelato on the way back.
|So many flavors I had to take two pictures!|
I had a 3 euro cup with pistachio and mint.