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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sorrento

There are many places to visit in Naples and with its good transport links it makes the ideal base. However, it is one of the dirtiest modern cities I have ever visited. There is rubbish strewn everywhere, bins overflowing and graffiti on every brick wall you see. So today we were leaving Naples behind and visiting Sorrento for the day. We took the local train with its 33 stops on the way. You can get an express train but they wouldn't sell us a ticket at the main station. It was a bizarre experience. When we went to Pompeii it took a visit to four different ticket booths and much persuasion before they would sell us tickets for the Express. It is more expensive but much quicker. Whilst waiting for the Express train 4 different people told us we had to go on the local train! So today we gave up trying and just went with the flow on the slow train to Sorrento.

It was a day to browse, drink, eat and watch the world go by in a very clean town.




                                                               Even time for a selfie.















Lemons were everywhere.

















We took the lift down the cliffs so we could walk by the sea but being Italy this isn't so easy as it seems that the seafront is owned by bars or restaurants or hotels.

But once we were near the ferry port we had a much better view of the sea and could see the Island of Capri in the distance. 






Unfortunately it then became quite hazy and the warm Sirocco wind began. Not too bad to begin with but by the time we sat down for lunch outside a restaurant overlooking the sea, it blew the salad off the plate!


Time to call it a day and walk back through the town to the station






18 comments:

  1. Sorrento looks wonderful. I love the photo of the sea and cliffside and that last one of the building at the bottom of the um, canyon? I was imagine your salad flying away bit by bit as your tried to snatch it back with your fork! I hope you got to see lots of countryside on the slow train.

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  2. Odd about the train ticket, but there must be a reason, perhaps only understandable if you are Italian. The ruins in the last photo look interesting. I laughed at the mental picture of your salad disappearing on the Sirocco.

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  3. What a wonderful adventure! I love all your pictures, even the selfie. :-)

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  4. What a beautiful place and from the look of things you had a total blast

    Mollyxxx

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  5. Sorry to hear that about Naples... I'll probably never get there --but have certainly heard about it more than Sorrento (which looks like a gorgeous city)... Great set of pictures. Hope you enjoy yourself!

    Happy May Day... I'll publish a blog post tomorrow.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. Looks so wonderful. Beautiful city. Funny about the train. Did they want you to spend more time (and money) at the stops along the way?

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  7. I just came back from Genoa and I have the exact same feeling: it's a dirty city, but then you go a few train stops away and it's clean and wonderful. Funny story with the trains, could it be they don't want tourists in the express train? It doesn't make much sense, but in Italy not much does ;)

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  8. Hello, what a beautiful twon to vist. The lemons are a surprise to me, I would not have expected them there. The coastline is gorgeous. Lovely collection of photos from your trip! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  9. I enjoyed my travel along with your posting! The photos are amazing, thanks so much for sharing. I can't travel, I have leukemia and will never travel anywhere so I really really like your photos!

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  10. What a stunning town - I love lemons and would need to try lots of different things there.

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  11. Nothing will ever change ,lol when you go to Italy you have to have a lot of patience ! In Naples the garbage men are often on stike.

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  12. Hi! I enjoyed your posts very much. I went to Italy including Pompeii a few decades ago. I remembered at that time. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Hi! I enjoyed your posts very much. I went to Italy including Pompeii a few decades ago. I remembered at that time. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Been there as well only I took the bus and came back by boat. did you buy any lemon lacquer

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  15. I have heard that about Naples.

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