Readers may take a look at what is written below and question whether I have really been to Helsinki asking can you really say you have been to a place if you only see it at night? That was Helsinki for me back end of November 2019.… Read the rest
A final jaunt round the Circumvesuviana this morning to the town of Ercolano or, as it is better known, Herculaneum.
Having done Pompeii a couple of days ago we toyed with whether to bother with doing the lesser known brother too but I am glad that we did.… Read the rest
In what is becoming something of a regular occurrence we were once again on the Circumvesuviana this morning stopping at Pompeii. However, it wasn’t to go back to the site again but to pick up a local bus to Vesuvius. The cause of all the trouble in the first place.… Read the rest
This morning we found ourselves back on the hard seats of the Circumvesuviana but not going as far as Pompeii this time. Today it was a trip to the Funivia del Faito, a cable car to the top of Mount Faito.… Read the rest
After the ‘punishing’ schedule of the last ten days we decided to take it easier today. Neither Helen nor I are ones to sit around and read a book or brown ourselves on a sun lounger so this was going to be a challenge for both of us!… Read the rest
If you ever have cause to complain about GWR come and have a ride on the Circumvesuviana. This train runs from Sorrento to Naples calling at a number of top tourist places on the way such as Pompeii. Given that this is a top shop window for tourists you would perhaps expect this to show off what the best Italian transport has to offer.… Read the rest
When people talk about Italy a number of places come up such as, of course, Rome, Tuscany and the Amalfi coast. We are just along the coast from Amalfi and we decided today to take a local bus and explore out that way.… Read the rest
Today was a something and nothing day sandwiched between two parts of our holiday. With the cruise over we were transferring to a hotel in Sorrento.
Given the number of people that are getting on, getting off it is a real coordinated affair involving different coloured tags and departure times.… Read the rest
Another day and another mooring in some soulless cargo port. This time it was Piombino in Italy. However, for us, this was to be the gateway to a day out to Siena. Unfortunately this meant setting the alarm for 6am to ensure that we were ready to get our coach for the two hour drive.… Read the rest
Another non-Italian destination today. France this time in the form of the island Corsica. The distance between Italian Sardinia and French Corsica is apparently only 12km and so it is no surprise that Corsica at one time was part of the Italian empire.… Read the rest