I’m about to go to sleep, after a long day walking around Pompeii, and I think the people whose room this computer is in want to go to sleep too, so I’ll have to summarise.
- Naples appears chaotic, messy and a bit seedy, especially after the peaceful small island we’ve come from
- We’re pretty tired after our climb, a day of wandering around, a late night waiting for the ferry & getting settled on board (queuing for cabin key, etc), not quite enough sleep on the ferry (they woke us up at 7:30, after leaving Stromboli after 11), and carrying our big bags through Naples & on the bus. Also, Steve was feeling a bit sick. So we slacked off & sat around in the hostel all day.
- Steve, in his own words, “turned into a snot producing machine”. We decided to take it easy and skip Herculaneum. In the morning we went to the National Archeology Museum, which was pretty cool. Unfortunately, Steve spent most of his time sitting on any bench or chair he could find, and I was walking pretty slowly and carefully too, having caught whatever it was the Steve has.
- Some of the highlights of the museum: the mosaics from Pompeii; the dodgy pictures & phallic protection charms (with bells and cute little wings) in the “Secret Room”, also from Pompeii; a amusing trio of giggling 14 year old boys in the Secret Room; and ancient (ie, pre Roman Empire) safety pins.
- In the afternoon we both collapsed in our room going “blergh”, and did as little as possible.
- Today we went to Pompeii. Steve was feeling better, and I seem to have so far escaped anything worse than a constant slight headache. So we were able to make a pretty good attempt at Pompeii. We didn’t see everything, but we saw a good deal. I don’t think it’s possible to see it all in one day, because there are no toilets on the inside.
- Highlights: the House of the Faun, the bakery, the “lupenarium”.
- Lowlights: forgetting my hat, sunscreen and knee-braces. Luckily I still had Nurofen in my bag from the Vatican excursion, and I’d brought my umbrella as a charm against rain, so I had something to make shade.
- When we got back, we had to rush to get all our chores done, because we leave tomorrow morning for Croatia. We got our train reservations at the station when we came back from Pompeii, then stopped off at the hostel for laundry and photo storage devices. We’ve been running short on storage space for a few days now, having been unable to find any internet places with DVD burners. So we left our laundry with the very kind people at the laundromat, who bumped us up the queue when they found out that we actually, really couldn’t get it back tomorrow, and headed off to look for somewhere, anywhere with a DVD burner. We headed up to an internet place recommended by the laundromat people, but they didn’t have one. We decided to follow the road up in the direction of the museum, as Steve remembered seeing a camera shop there. By this time we were thinking that we’d just have to buy more USB or camera cards. So we walked up the road, in the drizzle, past many second hand bookshops, none of which appeared to have English sections (it was torture :P). Eventually Steve said something to the effect of “I suppose we’d better turn back”, and I said – pointing at the shop immediately in front of us – “photo shop”. It was amusing. They did have a burner, and set our 4 or so gigs of photos to burning. After quite a while, Steve had to run off to the laundromat to pick up our clothes just before closing time. About 5 minutes later I got our photos and set off back to the laundromat. I made one wrong turn, and it was raining pretty hard, but the trip was otherwise uneventful. Steve and I helped the laundry people to fold our clothes and headed back to the hostel to drop them off.
- For dinner we went to a pizza place recommended by our Lonely Planet, and it was good. They only make two sorts of pizza there: margherita and marinara. There was a take-a-number system to get a table. We were seated at a table for 4, with the couple who were next in line. They were on holiday from Germany. By the time we left the line had got much longer. Steve and I stopped off for gelato on the way home.
- We catch the train to Rome at 9:45, and from there head to Ancona. We have about an hour in Ancona to organise ferry tickets to Zadar. We’ve done our research, so that hopefully won’t be a problem. The ferry to Zadar is another overnight one, and we get there at 9am. Then we hang around there for most of the day, probably checking out their Sea Organ, which looks pretty nifty. Then we catch the bus down to Murter, where our sailing trip leaves the next day.
- This was supposed to be brief. Oh well…