Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Two days in Pompeii

What a beautiful little b and b, the Certi Notti, and our hosts Antonio and Ione (and the sweet puppy Romeo) were wonderful, even delivering us to their favorite restaurnt and again to the correct train station when we left yesterday morning.  To confuse things, there are three entrances to the ruins of Pompei and three train stations, so it is easy to get turned around in that town.  We loved the oranges and lemons and pizza and especially the people, who were very friendly and helpful.  Well, apart from the lady at the ruins park entrance, who insisted we could not possibly from Canada since my children could not understand spoken to in French.... Canada is a bilingual country right? Then either we are not Canadian, or they are not my chldren...Well, tough to argue that one in my rudimentary Italian....eh.
Yesterday was a big travel day.  We enjoyed a quick train to the town of Selarno (seaside capaccino bar, awesome view) then a "train-bus?" well, a bus, operated by the train company and touring each town along the way.  Lots of mountains, and small farms with vegetables and orange orchards and vineyards, very pretty.  Then to Taranto, another seaside town on the in-step of the "boot" to catch the next train (a real one again) to Brindisi for a quick in-the-dark jaunt to the ferry station to board the Endeavor Lines Ionian Queen.... these ferries are awesome!

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