Monday, February 23, 2009

Don't let the Palm trees fool you...

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Amalfi was not as warm in February as the palm trees in my pictures make it look, but it was a very enjoyable trip. Early Wednesday morning we left Orvieto for a 5.5 hour tour-bus drive down to Pompeii, where we encountered something very unexpected: snow. So, now I can proudly say that I have seen snow in Pompeii, a feat not accomplished by many tourists. Luckily the snow and rain did not stick around for too long, and during our short 2.5 hour visit we were able to enjoy the ruins some.
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The amphitheater in Pompeii. Not one of the most complicated, but one of the best preserved.

Our arrival in Amalfi was preceded by a lovely, winding and at some points terrifying drive on the coastal highway. It still blows my mind that our tour-bus was able to make some of those turns!
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I took this on the bus ride down, unfortuneately it was pretty much impossible to capture the total amazingness of the experience and the costal highway, but here is a glimpse.
That night we asked about a good place for seafood and enjoyed some amazing spaghetti with oysters and capers in it. It was very delicious.
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The next morning we awoke to the bright sun and slightly warmer temperatures and we set out to see Ravello on high recommendation from Marco.
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The view was amazing! The higher elevation did come with cooler temperatures and early in the day snow on the ground, but the day was beautiful. To get back to Amalfi, we dicided to take a stair-filled path down, which was very steep and very beautiful, but definitely had an impact on our legs the next day!
The next day we left Amalfi and headed to the History Museum in Naples to see some of the things in Pompeii that they thought people would steal from the ruins. Next we departed from the group heading back to Orvieto on the bus and headed to Sorrento where we stayed for 2 more nights in this awesome little bed and breakfast in an orange and lemon grove. We even had fresh-squeezed orange juice both mornings!

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The next day we took a ferry to Capri to see some of the sights that Marco told us about, Villa San Michele in Anicapri and the ruins of roman emperor Tibirius' Villa.
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Al and me on the way to Capri.
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Again, we were blessed with another beautiful day! The water around Capri was amazingly turquiose and I enjoyed it a lot!
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The awesome view from the ferry as we said goodbye to Capri.
Finally after another amazing breakfast from our place in Capri we headed back to Orvieto on our most interesting train ride yet. Apparently the car that we had seat reservations in did not exsist on that train, so we got to use some of our Italian skills to figure that out, moved around a lot and met a lot of people. Thankfully it was not a big deal in the end and we ended up being allowed to sit in first class for about 20 minutes.

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