Notes from the coast, part I; 1. Steps, steps, and more steps. Loving the exercise. It's best to set out steppin after a few aperitivos. Positano is a great place to drink apertivos, and to step out, for a lovely stroll across the steps; once you get a rhythm going it's hard to step out of it actually; 2. I always get weirded out by fancy hats. I don't completely know why, but colourful fedoras, in particular, really freak me out. It might have something to do with that one time I watched a drunk tap-dancer when I was a youngster. He became seriously vicious when he was forcibly ejected from the old Fox and Hounds bar for displaying erratic behaviour. I had a great time and an excellent meal in Positano a couple of nights ago. There were colourful fedoras encased in clear cubes hanging from the ceiling of the restaurant. No tap dancers though, just a travelling trio, complete with double bass, who were performing a Justin Bieber cover; 3. It's good advice to follow time-tables, maps and legends. With SITA buses, it's much easier to just use your imagination, have a little faith in lady luck, and expect to casually shave anywhere between uno and tre hours off of your day;4. People from the coast are great conversationists, kind, hospitable, and have a good sense of humour - even when they are driving like maniacs; 5. I feel I should advise the bus drivers here to wear earplugs, because they basically have to toot a loud horn at every corner (the two-way roads are the size of one lane in suburban Australia, and there are crazy amounts of corners, and traffic), but I have a feeling the suggestion would fall on deaf ears; 6. Check in for part II coming soon. Grazie x
After getting off the train at Pompei Scavi, there are tour operators that offer a 2 hour walking tour of the site. I found this was the most beneficial way to see the site...even though I would have liked more time. I didn't havr time, but they also have bus tours to Vesuvius.
Photo 1: Main square of Pompei
Photo 2: Mt. Vesuvius
Photo 4: Did you know Romans were short? This is a standard door entryway.
Photo 5: Wagon tracks
Photo 6: Food stand
Photo 7: Body cast of a person after the eruption of Vesuvius