FYI: Internet connection was not able to upload the photos last night nor tonight :-(
What a beautiful view off our balconies this morning. The sun rising over the island of Capri and a full moon (1st photo). We took the same route back to Sorrento by bus… not a trip for the faint of heart due to the very narrow roads and cars and motor scooters who seem to look forward to the danger (a bus) around every corner. It certainly gets the heart rate going.
We met our local guide who bought our tickets for the ferry boat to Capri. The ride took approximately 25 minutes and we could sit outside and enjoy the views. Mt. Vesuvius with the many forest fires burning more and more each day. The rising smoke making it look like the volcano is actually erupting and the beautiful, if not precariously perched mansions on the cliff sides.
Free time was given to us to look around the small town and to purchase souvenirs. Some people in the other groups opted to purchase a pair of handmade custom sandals. I am happy to report that our students did not take this opportunity – prices started at 50 Euro and went up quickly in price. We boarded a trolley car to go to the top of Capri and have a walking tour of the town at the top.
Capri is a very popular spot for the rich and famous. Apparently the singer Katie Perry has been spotted walking around town the last few days. Yesterday, Ivanka Trump was on Capri. The yachts in the harbour must be several million dollars each and I counted 25 of them. Some have their own slide to reach the water. One yacht actually had a type of “garage” on the forward side that had a smaller (but not small) boat in it! Yikes. One of the hotels charges 800 Euro per night in the “off season” for a very small room that barely has room for a bed. My thinking is that anyone we saw walking out of there today, at the peak of the tourist season, is loaded with money. We also saw Sean Connery’s house (James Bond actor) and I was told that George Clooney had a house up the hillside…
After walking through public gardens and a perfume shop that uses lemons – which is the official symbol of Capri, we walked through the residential area. We took our group picture today at the lookout overlooking the bay. Our group decided to head back down the trolley, have lunch and then some went to the beach for a bit of swimming, while others walked around town. There may have been gelato and/or iced lemon drinks consumed throughout the day…possibly… OK, for sure!
Instead of returning to Sorrento, we took the catamaran ferry to Naples where our bus driver met us. Our trip to the outskirts of Rome took about 2.5 hours. The country is experiencing many forest fires in this region and we saw a water bomber as well as helicopters with water buckets working the fires. Lots of smoke in the air as we passed through but none here in the outskirts of Rome. The rooms are a little larger here which is nice and the pool was enjoyed by all the students after dinner.
Tomorrow is a trip into Rome (about 1.5 hours away) to the Vatican and then the Coliseum.
Fit Bit count ranged from 8000 to almost 10,000 (giraffes vs penguins).