10/2 Pompei Scavi

Today was all about Pompei, and a train adventure on the way back. First of all, Pompei is much bigger than I expected. I could have spent many days wandering the streets and discovering hidden wonders. The theater district was unexpected. The Grand Teatro held 5000 people, but right next to it was the much more intimate Odeion which was for singers and poets. The Frescoes were amazing with bright colors after 2000 years. The casts of people covered in ash caught at the moment of death were rather sad. If you are ever in Italy, it is a must. On the way Bach we experienced the not so regular Italian train system. It took us over two hours to go what should have been 20 minutes. We were packed body to body in a very hot train where you literally could not move. That is an adventure I do not wish to repeat any time soon. I think we will take the ferry back to Naples.
Just a little more about Pompeii. It’s enormous. Really. Streets and thoroughfares galore. Busts of Jupiter in unexpected places. Saw more roman profiles than ever before but the people couldn’t have been nicer. Well except for the one Whiney female but we will excuse her as she was only three and Fa Molto caldo.  


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Sorrento and Capri

10/1. Walked to Sorrento today from Saint Angello. The town dresses up in black and goes “strolling” daily. Why black? I have no idea. We found this little (but oh so long) shopping ally, and wandered down it until I found a shop that sold handmade terra-cotta statues. I bought a little “good luck” monk. We sat in the piazza for lunch, then rooted out David’s Gelato, for our first, but I’m sure not last, taste of the cold creamy heaven. We then walked down endless stairs to the port and hopped a boat to the isle of Capri. The “funicular” tram was packed, so I talked Ted into following the narrow and steep stairs where the sign said “Centro Capri”. Yeah, Ok, it was me who pooped out about 1/2 way up, but it was a great view all the same. We came back to Sorrento, tired but happy. Had dinner tonight in Saint Angello at the very local “two guys” restaurant. 

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Saint Angello

9/30 Vorrei andaro a Saint Agnello. My first long sentence in Italian, spoken to the ticket master in the basement of the Naples train station. And he actually understood me! We took the high speed train to Naples this morning, then switched to the circumvesuviana train to travel to the little town of Saint Agnello, just outside Sorrento. Our VRBO is a cute little courtyard apartment called the Veranda. Explored the town a little, stopped and had a drink then on to a delicious dinner at Ciao Toto. We were practically the only ones there (gotta love fall). Wandered into a bakery and then back to the Veranda. Oh, and I forgot, Lemoncello!!

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Dublin and Rome

9/29 Public transportation in the fair isle is not great, but we did manage it enough to get to Trinity Library to see the Book of Kells and the beautiful Long Hall. The smell of old books was fabulously musty. And imagine- my feet hit Ireland before either of the kids, which cannot be said for Italy. A very long day, but worth it. We hit Rome around 10, navigating the train station and everything, before falling blissfully into a bed for the first time in over 24 hours! Tomorrow, down to Sorrento.

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Chicago 9/28

Today we rode the bus down to Navy Pier at the edge of Lake Michigan. It was a beautiful sunny cool autumn day. We strolled out to the end, a lot longer than it looked, and watched a group of sailboats. They were in sailing school to compete in world sailing events. Then we went up on a tall Ferris wheel and enjoyed the Chicago skyline. After that we visited Millennium Park and saw the Cloud Gate sculpture. The residents affectionately call it the bean. The reflections were trippy. Check out the photos below. Now off to Italy!

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Chicago 9/27

Spent the day in Chicago. We took the Chicago Architectural Tour on the river, where the docent showed us 73 different buildings in 6 styles (gothic, post modern, neoclassical, Art Deco and contemporary). Ted was tripping on the Boeing building, especially when the plane flew overhead. Almost as much new construction going on as Denver! It was a beautiful fall day. My God, that lake is huge! Dinner at Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill and then Three Dots and a Dash tiki bar where we may or may not have had too much to drink. No children received drunk dials and we’re not telling.

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Italy 2017

9/26. Ridiculously excited packing for our trip. Wondering what I’ll forget that I really need and which crap I took that I won’t even use at all. 

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