Day 8 Pompeii
Yesterday was one of those OMG days . We started off early full of energy & excitement plan being to catch the bus from Amalfi to Sorrento which is by the way one & half hours .Up , up down, down ,round ,round all to get about 40 k's .plan was working well we caught the bus at 8am arrived in Sorrento at the train station " Circumvesuviana" only to find a strike. Bloody hell ! ! I had read about these sudden strikes but forgot. The strike was from 9 am till 1 pm. No buses from Sorrento to Pompeii only the train or tour bus but some of those cars / vehicles looked a little dodgy . Taxi was another option but approximately 800 € now that was really dodgy.
We finished up wandering around Sorrento. Large town 600,000 pop & masses of tourists. We figure the tourists are mainly English as there are lots of pubs advertising English Fare.
Finally the trains were running again & our train was not only packed with tourists heading to Pompeii & Herculaneum but again masses of school kids. We had sadly decided that as we were so late we would miss Herculaneum & just visit Pompeii. Such a shame because H is a smaller site originally a fishing village & really better preserved as it drowned in a 16 m layer of mud rather than lapilli ( burning pumice stone ) that was the fate of Pompeii .
Well wow! Pompeii it's some 44 hectares we walked & walked it's pretty rough going as you are walking on large semi uneven hard stone roads. It is enormous. Not only do you need to watch you step ankles etc you need to be aware of a few unfriendly marauding dogs on the site. Interestingly we didn't see starving cats unlike on The Acropolis years ago. The dogs must be successful marauderers because they are in great condition. There are a lot of over flowing rubbish bins so I guess that helps .
I had read that you need to wear sensible shoes so had my hiking boots on with thick socks...you really can't credit what attire some people / woman were wearing. It's really sad & they must have suffered.
We walked for I guess 4 hrs then to top it off Bill lead me up onto the bike track which is outside the walls completely surrounding the site. I did the usual whinge but it was worth it. The view looking down was amazing one side the destroyed city the other Mt Vesuvius & then The Bay of Naples.
What a day .However we still had to get all the way back to Amalfi...only waited 10 mins for the train but nearly an hour at Sorrento for the bus. Bus was interesting we all thought the bus driver was lost we seemed to be just staying with in the city . Finally he made a left turn . Apparently at peak hour these huge buses can only do certain turns. It took half an hour for him to get to where he could do this turn & we headed back to Amalfi.
We arrived back after 8 pm SHATTERED even Bill had sore feet ! No going out for dinner we grabbed the closest Pizza & crawled into our room.
Slept from 9.30 till close to 2 am then awake for an hour or so feeling very sore all over but finally back to sleep till after 7 am. Feeling fine now after 2 coffees.
So now for today's adventures. Perhaps a quiet visit to a museum & a wander along the sea front .
Hidy ho folks! Well the whinging lady was almost whinged out by the time we made it back. I'm pretty sure weight watchers should be happy with this deal! The bus drivers seem to have different styles in traversing these cliffs for the one coming back last night did the job without using horn hooter or siren, however he seemed to make the trip much more the adrenalin buzz if one was concentrating on actually moving this hulking great thing along theses roads. He seemed to be playing chicken with the outside drop to the sea. We made it, took a few twilight pics and took our leave for the day.