We've embraced the 'Slow' philosophy as a way of life - what's the hurry?. Taking time to smell the roses (usually on a glass of Viognier) is more our style. Having spent more then 3 years on the road, slow travel has become a way of life. We have revised our plans completely and now focus on quality, not quantity, slowly.
We are leaving the Pompei/Naples area tomorrow morning and
heading to Sicily by boat. We’ve been warned over and again that the
“Autostrada” to Reggio Calabria is treacherous in many ways. The locals say
we’ll be robbed blind and the tourists say the road is terrible. It was built
in 1974 and has been under repair ever since - apparently. Hence Naples to Sicily the easy way.
Northern Italians are rather scathing about their southern
cousins and when you say you are going to Naples, they roll their eyes and
throw their hands in the air. “It’s dangerous” they warn you severely, “be very
Well we survived Naples without being pickpocketed, robbed,
mugged, beaten, stabbed or murdered. In fact we saw nothing like this and the
whole thing was slightly disappointing. We found Naples a bit dreary and having
spent the best part of 2 days there were happy to leave.
Typical Naples street
Sorry to say, but we were also underwhelmed by Sorrento.
Rather dull and the dramatic coastline is completely over developed and
commandeered by large hotels. I didn't even take a photo!
However, we were blown away by Positano and the Amalfi
Coast. It’s everything you dream it will be. Stunning. Also we had brilliant
weather that day and being south facing, we managed lunch in the sun.
Positano and the Amalfi Coast
We also climbed to the top of Vesuvius, hoping that this
wasn’t the day it would blow it’s top for first time since 1944. It was
fabulous to see and there just a bit of steam escaping to remind us that it is
still an active volcano.
Looking into vesuvius
Looking at Vesuvius
We’ll spend Christmas in San Vito Lo Capo and if all goes to
plan, we’ll stay there for a few weeks. www.campinglapineta.it
That’s all from me tonight.
Merry Christmas to all and see you in the New Year (if not