How to terrorise passengers whilst they also admire the views
22.09.2013 - 29.09.2013 30 °C
Have once again been just a tad busy, so the blog has been neglected unfortunately.
We went to Pompeii yesterday. Was a really long day but well worth it. We were picked up by Vincenzo, a dashing, flamboyant and therefore typical Italian man who placed us into a Mercedes van and proceeded to rocket through extremely narrow streets to eventually pick up the rest of the passengers for the tour. I must say, I was laughing so much I nearly embarrassed my self with watching the reactions of Margy and Sandy in response to Vincenzo's driving. Truly, the man should really be called Fangio because he can wield that van with extreme skill, and thread it through tiny spaces. Another millimetre of paint and there would've been contact.
But that was nothing compared to what we experienced on the roads along the Amalfi coast. There were so many twists and turns with hairpin bends. The road itself was so narrow with either a rock wall or a huge drop down either into a gully or the water below with only a knee high stone wall to stop vehicles going over. Think of peak hour traffic all concentrated on this road and trying to get around these bends at 60 km/h and then throw in a few tourist coaches as well and you may get some idea. All the while Vincenzo is as cool as a cucumber and just reminding every body to "just look at the scenery. Enjoy the Scenery. You watcha the scenery and I drivea the cara". I went into the middle seat at the front for some of this and all of the way home and I had a ball. Loved all of the action to the point I was giggling, it was so cool. At one point Margy was in the front with me and there was a fabulous near miss. I nearly had Margy's fingers poking through my legs she gripped so tight. Suffice to say, it was a great experience for me. Probably not so good for some others.
We had lunch at Positano and it was beautiful there. Lots of expensive motor yachts anchored off the beach and wonderful restaurant. Had a great lunch then had to be a mountain goat to get back up the stairs (yes! More stairs. Who would've thunk it) to the car. Of course some things caught my eye and they just had to be bought.
Pompeii was awesome. To think of the innovations at the time such as key stones and dressing up corinthian columns plus all of the frescoes, it was all simply amazing. We had a fantastic guide who described everything so well, no-one needed to ask questions.
Off shopping today, which might come as a big shock to some of you. I know, so surprising!
Will load on some more piccies soon
Bryan and Ron