Hey all I just finished a four day tour of Napoli (Naples) and the surrounding areas. Let me start with this: Naples is loud, filthy, chaotic, it has trashed piled up in the alleys and sidewalks, and there is a strong mafia presence (as I learned from some locals). That being said the place does have a ton of character and does warrant a visit. The best thing going for the city is pizza. It was created there. I ate five over the four days there. By far my favorite was the Antica Pizzeria Da Michelle which was established in 1870!! Their menu has two pizzas on it: margherita or marinara. The place has only five tables and constantly has a line out the door. It was incredible. I spent some time hanging out with the Italian hosts of the hostel that I stayed in. It was ver interesting to get their perspective on the place. I also got a chance to check out the Archeology Musem. Highly recommended. It is full of sculptures from the 1st and 2nd century AD.
From Napoli I made a day trip to Pompeii. The condition of the ruins there is astonishing. The city had a functioning water/waste collecting and filtration system, bakeries, fast food restaurants among other modern conveniences. The crazy thing though is that Vesuvius erupted in 75AD and they were that far along! I recommend checking it out for yourself.
My last day in Napoli, I took a day trip Procida. Procida is a small fishing island adjacent to the island of Capri. It was a great trip. The island is not touristy in the least bit, and it was a good opportunity to see the way people lived.
About the pictures.....I have been in an internet cafe on a piece of junk pc that still has a floppy drive in it. It crashes every time I upload a picture. I will post some good ones once I can find an adequate pc. I was able to get one up. Below is the view of Naples from a castle on a hill above the city.
I am in Rome right now and about to head out to the Colliseum. Ciao for now!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Hey all! I met up with my friend Mike Harris in Monterossa, Italy. We hit the beach and did some hiking around the Cinque Terre towns of Corniglia and Manarola. From there I caught a train into Pisa to check out the leaning tower, that is really all there is to do there, and then on to Firenze (Florence). I have spent the last few days in Firenze, and today I caught a bus out to Siena. Siena is a little town in the Tuscan countryside south of Firenze. It is the place where they hold Il Palio, which is pretty much a no holds barred horse race around the main square in the city. You should check it out if you have never heard of it, pretty crazy. Tomorrow I hop a train for Napoli (Naples) the home of the pizza. Enjoy the pictures!
|Houses in Corniglia|
|View of Corniglia from the start of the hike|
|View of Manarola where we are hiking to|
|Terraced hills full of grape vineyards|
|Mmmm future vino.|
|Boats in queue to hit the water in Manarola|
|Town of Manarola|
|We finished the day by jumping off of this rock into the sea. The water there was a good 20ft deep. You could see cleat to the bottom.|
|You know what this is ;)|
|The Duomo in Firenze, construction began in 1294!!|
|Frescoe painting on the Duomo.|
|Climbing to the top of the Duomo, this was crazy!|
|View from top of the Duomo.|
|Copy of David in the Pallazzo Vecchio, the original is housed in the Galleria dell Academia which has ridiculous lines to get into. Good enough for me.|
|Cathdral, I forgot the name.|
|Cool reflection on the way up to Piazzale Michelangelo.|
|Sunset from the Piazzale.|
|Yet another fake David at the Piazelle!|
|View of the Piazza del Campo in Siena where they hold Il Campo.|
|Alley in Siena|
|View of the Duomo in Siena.|
|Buildings in Siena.|
|Distance shot of the Duomo.|
|I like this one!|
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
|Views from above Grindewald along the Eiger Trail: The Eiger|
|Eiger North Face|
|Where did the Eiger go?|
|Ski lift at the base of the Eiger!|
|View from above Grindewald on the way down the Eiger trail|
|Whoa, two headed pig!|
|View while hiking in the ski resort above Engleberg|
|Perimeter wall around Lucerne|
|View from top of perimeter wall tower|
|Lion of Lucerne, saddest sculpture ever|
|Mt Titlus as seen from Lucerne|