Sunday, March 11, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
View from Marina Piccola
We started the day with hopes of heading out on a boat tour, but the choppy water prevented that. We woke up late and headed off to the Anacapri chairlift up to the very top of the island. The views are astounding, with full panorama. Back in the main piazza, Ms Vogt asked around and found the lone Capri penny machine!
We then proceeded down to Capri-town and on to Marina Piccola, the small harbor on the south side of the island. We grabbed lunch and ventured out onto a trail walk, only to be foiled by the windy conditions, forcing a closed trail. Instead, we climbed back to Capri-town, spending time to buy souvenirs. Ms Vogt and I decided to go find the lone soccer field we had noticed from the heights, spending an hour on the walk.
We came back to the B&B just in time for sunset, napped/rested, and then headed into town for dinner and the Napoli soccer game. Our first stop had no space in front of the TV (reserved) and only had lunch/bar food, so we moved on and found a much better option that had two TVs and "real food". Napoli is the "home team" around here, due to proximity, and they sounded stomped Cagliari 6-2. A brief night on the town followed, with an hour of live music, mostly disco hits. Sadly, Saturday night is disco-dancing night.
Now it's rest/bed time before a day of boating (hopefully) and travel back to Rome.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
We woke around 9am, high on the Isle of Capri. It was another overcast day, with choppy seas, preventing us from taking a boat your around the island. We decided to head for Sorrento and then on to Pompei, planning out the careful ferry timing. A bus down the cliffs of the island, a ferry to Sorrento, and the Circumvesuvienza Train to Pompei Scavi took almost 2.5 hours all together. It's Festa Della Donna day in Italy, which turns out to be International Women's Day. This doesn't mean a whole lot other than lots of women with flowers, dinner gatherings, and most importantly, free entry for the ladies into the Pompei ruins! We also saved E$20 by starting just after 1:30, allowing our tour guide to give us a discount.
Lorenzo, our guide, was great. He has been giving tours of Pompei since he was 17, and is certified in English, French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese. He is also working on Arabic, Japanese, and Hebrew! He lives 7 months of the year in New York City, married a girl from South Carolina, and asked if we are from Alabama when he noticed Baylor's Auburn hat. He definitely made a great tour. We learned lots of cool things about store fronts, the illumination, sanitation, drainage, home ownership, baths, brothels, and life in general at the time. Pompei is amazing. It's truly a step back in time and you can almost see life as it may have happened. The preserved buildings, furniture, pottery, mosaics, and frescoes tell stories. My favorite part was the theater, which probably fit 3000 or more people, as well as a half size theater next door.
After Pompei, we grabbed a quick bite outside (not TOO terribly priced) and reversed our train, ferry, bus process back to Anacapri. We stopped in Sorrento for an hour to wander town. We were all pretty exhausted from the travel today! Fortunately, dinner was solid and settled us all down for a while.
Currently, the kids are watching Borat (she has quite a movie collection here) while the adults read and update journals. Tomorrow has been decreed a "late day", probably followed by a lazy day on Capri. Saturday morning looks like the best boat tour time, so we may do that before heading back to Rome.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Saint Peter's at twilight from the Ponte Umberto.
Looking out over the city after a 500 step climb to the top of Saint Peter's Basilica! Mr Schaffer always knows where everything is, pointing out the Colosseum in the distance or a hill we climbed by bike.
Best crepes in town! We had two of the meat/cheese/tomato types, plus a Nutella and strawberry jam.
The climb up to the top. One lady had some serious issues at the top, asking for a doctor. Fortunately, we are young (other than Mr Schaffer!) and in shape.