11.04.2013 - 11.04.2013
View Europe Again... on Billdeb's travel map.
Beautiful morning ,sun shinning what more could we want for the trip to Procida Is. Left Amalfi at 9am bound for Salerno. The trip from Amalfi to Salerno takes 1.30 hrs due as I've said before to the cliff roads one has to traverse. We found the biglietto ufficio ( ticket office) bought our tickets & realised we had only about 4 minutes to find the platform & get on the train. We made it with about I min to spare.
Train to Napoli only took about 30 mins & then we were in Garabaldi Sq a place I had been warned to be extremely careful in. It's enormous people everywhere lots of scammers etc trying to offer God knows what. We wanted a taxi to the port ...found what looked like a legit taxi bargained with him & off into the wilds of Napoli. Once again another ticket office & half hour wait for the ferry well we actually went on a jet ferry. More expensive but fast & less rusty than the old traditonal ferries.
Interesting when we arrived at the island ...we knew we had to catch a 1 or 2 bus but that was it. Travellers are often great to each other some Austrians came up to us & told us where the bus left from . Tried to buy tickets on the bus but that wasn't going to happen. Oh well ! Found the square we needed to get off at & it was reasonably easy to find our apartment.
Well this town / island is like stepping back into perhaps the 19th C but with quite ancient building I figure from 16th C . Very ,very poor & not maintained however our apartment must have been renovated quite recently . It's delightful . We have our own patio & a roof top garden over looking the whole Island.
Decided we needed lunch & a walk around this time forgotten place. We headed down to the fishing port ....3 restaurants right on the fisherman's wharf . Great ! I was looking at the menu in one & Bill was checking out one of the others. He called me over because he saw mussels with spaghettini . I dutifully went over & world war three began between the two restaurants . Pretty funny I guess but they were going " hammer & tongs. We finished up in the one Bill went to first. The meal was great Bill had the mussels & I had spaghetti pomodora ( tomato ) delicious. Oh & a half carafe of rosé . We figured we would be ok with a half carafe but oh no they then presented us with limoncello liqueur . What is it with these Italians & their limoncello liqueur at 3 pm ? Hey Peter Beck ?
We wandered literally back to our apartment about 4.30. Round 7 pm Bill went out hunting & gathering & came back with a huge bag of potato chips , red wine , smoked salmon,1.5 litre fanta, milk & 2 bottles of beer & 6 tubs of yoghurt all for the grand total of €10.83 . I somehow think we may be ripped off back home. Bloody hell I know we are !
Well guys this was our day. Really wish some of you friends were here to share this amazing time travel .
Hey Ann Beck I emailed you days ago did you get it ?
Oh forgot to say we have now ridden the local bus twice with money in hand but driver waves us away . Mmmmm riding free buses in Procida doesn't seem quite right. Gotta work out where to buy the tickets. Hey Pete remember that train ticket you gave Zkye when we were in Lucca Tuscany. Cost Billy in the end & we nearly got us locked up. Remember it wouldn't validate. God if we are locked up in Procida we will be here for ever. No one would ever think to look in the jail here. I'm sure we don't have a consulate here either. Ciao