I slept late today, I finally got up sometime after 9 am, I could hear people moving around and talking in the kitchen of the bed and breakfast. I slept well, it was nice to have my own room, in a hostel, I usually share a room with anywhere from 3 to 5 people. It was nice to have my own space, nobody to wake me up and I did not have to worry about waking others up.
My bed and breakfast has self-service breakfast, I ate a couple of slices of whole wheat bread with the soft cheese they seem to serve all over Europe. I also had a banana and one of the best peach yogurts I have ever had. I do not know what the Italians do to their yogurt to make it taste so good, maybe it is an extra tablespoon of sugar, who knows.
After breakfast, I got my map and headed for the train station to go to Pompeii. Yesterday the bed and breakfast owner pointed out a station on the map where I could catch the train to Pompeii, I did not find that station, I ended up at the main train station. I later realized why the owner of the bed and breakfast recommended the train station before the central station, the Pompeii train is packed when it arrives at the central station.
At the train station I squeezed myself onto the train headed for Pompeii, a 25 minute ride from Naples. The train began to clear out about 10 minutes into the ride, but I never got a seat. I did find a comfortable corner to lean against, but the train was hot and stuffy. When we arrived at the Pompeii station, there were people advertising 2 hour guided tours for 12 Euros. I decided not to take the tour and walk through the Pompeii excavations on my own, with an audio guide. The audio guide proved to be a waste of my money, I could never figure out which segment matched the excavation I was looking at, ultimately, I just walked around the ruins and enjoyed being in Pompeii.
|On my way to Pompeii Ruins after Arriving at Station|
|Lynnae at Pompeii Excavation|
Mt Vesuvius is the first volcano I have scaled, it was worth the climb to the top. It was a warm day in Southern Italy, I bought water halfway up the 25 minute walk to the Mount Vesuvius Crater, I stopped many times to take pictures too. Today was another one of those, I cannot believe I am here, seeing this in person, outings. The hike was steep in places, not too steep, there were people of all ages hiking the mountain. A couple of British or Irish men saw me hiking up the mountain and told me not to slow down, you have at least 2 more miles to go, my response, 2 more miles!?! I do not know how many miles it was to the top of Mt. Vesuvius but it did seem like a long hike.
|Lynnae at the furthest point I could hike on Mount Vesuvius|
After Mount Vesuvius, I decided to walk around Naples, this is my last evening in the city. I went back to my hotel briefly after my trip to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius, mainly to orient myself, I did not want to get lost on my way back, especially after dark. I went to see the beautiful parts of Naples, I did not find them. I found Castle Nuovo, I found a small area where boats are parked, I found a lot of things during my walk through Naples, beauty was not how what I found. There were cruise ships docked at Naples bay, I did not get close to the water, it is possible there are parts of the city I missed, I am sure there are, I was not here long enough to explore the city fully.
|Lynnae in front of Castle Nuovo|
I talked to a British couple from London while I was eating, someone recommended Pizzeria Lombardi to them, I just stumbled up on it, lucky me. The Brits were struggling to finish their pizzas when I arrived. We talked about our travels, they were surprised I had come so far and was traveling alone for so long. I told them some of my CIA story, gave them my CIA/FBI cards. They said it was good to travel, maybe it would give me some perspective on the situation. They also hope to see my book, and think my story should be a movie.
|Sausage Pizza from Lombardi's Pizzeria|
Day 2 in Naples Photo Album