Monday, June 15, 2009

Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi Coast, & Pompei

On Friday we started off on our adventure throughout Sorrento and Capri. We got up super early, took a boat ride from Sorrento to Capri. The we took a boat ride around Capri, visited the Blue Grotto (This cave where to water glows electric blue), and walked down this sloping walkway to the beach. Laid on the beach for about 3 hours, swam in the wonderful water and enjoyed the tastey slushies that they offered (I had lemon mixed with melon... YUMMY)....

The we walked back to the place to pick up the ferry to go back to Sorrento... and that's when my day/weekend got fun... NOT! I tripped on the cement steps and when I landed the tip of my big toe clipped a sharp brick and busted open... Let me tell you, I have never ever EVER seen a toe bleed that bad... plus I still had half the 'mountain/hill' to walk down... so I had a wetwipe and a hair tie tied around my toe to cut off the circulation... when I got to the bottom of the hill I went to this place with a first aid kit and the guy cleaned up my toe, now that hurt A LOT!

After that adventure we took the ferry back to Sorrento where we went back to the Hotel (which progressively started smelling more and more like sewage all weekend, it was so bad I almost vomitted). I ended up spending that night in and relaxing... It was nice... minus the toe injury.

Below are photos from Friday!

Sorrento from the shore

Capri is so beautiful, here we are on our boat (the Ferry) from Sorrento coming into Capri.

The Blue Grotto... Because of the way the light reflects off the water and into the cave it glows neon blue! So pretty!

A pretty lighthouse around the Island of Capri.

Look at how clear the blue water is... It was like that in every direction, you could see straight to the bottom...

The lovers arc. When the boat passes under it you are supposed to kiss your loved one.
Capri from the path down to the beach. So beautiful and breathtaking!

This is another beautiful shot of Capri.

This is a portion of the beach that I laid on for 3 hours on Friday. It was extremely rocky, but wonderful!

So on Saturday I got up and ready with my gimp toe and all and went to Positano (one of the main cities on the Amalfi Coast, also in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun). Needless to say though it was a lot of walking to get there (and my toe hurt after a while... but I was a trooper and refused to let it get me down). So once I climbed probably 30-40 marble/stone flights of stairs with my gimpy toe we made it to the beach. Woot!
We decided to rent a boat and go on a little adventure... there were 6 of us (Me, Ellis, Jess, Darcy, Amber, and Emma).... so with Captain Ellis manning our ship, we started our two hour adventure... well, after an hour of fun boating we decided to stop the boat, anchor it down (that was my job 'cause I was strong enough to pull it out of the ocean), and go for a swim... well that's when the fun began... Between some sea sickness and the boat breaking down we had a heck of an adventure. After 45 minutes and about 15 phone calls, this guy came, messed with the motor and was like 'oh it wasn't in neutral'... BULL CRAP! Still though, it was a lot of fun, I burned while out on the boat, but I look great... (I'm entering the tanning phase... great!)
Well after all of that we stayed in the shade (cuz I was FRIED), ate some lunch and walked around a lil. Took a bus back to our hotel, had a crappy kind of dinner, showered, rebandaged my toe, and slept... I was so tired, just utterly worn out from a great day.
Positano from the top of the hill... we walked a ton to get to the bottom.

Positano from our boat we rented!

A view of part of the city.

A sunny view of Positano. It is so beautiful!

Sunday morning I got up, packed up my room and did a mini tour down to Sorrento to pick up some aloe. Then I hopped on the bus to go to Pompei. It was amazing, Pompei is the city that was buried by Mt. Vesuvius's ash when it errupted and was pretty much preserved, the shops, buildings, sewage systems, roads, and all of the petrified bodies... it was so cool! Since I had learned about it in my archaeology class I've been obsessed with it and it was so cool in person... :)

This was the gladiator training school here in Pompei. This is where the gladiator's would train, live, and go to school.

This is one of the ampitheatre's in Pompei, it housed about 800 people and was used for music productions.

These stones were the sidewalks to cross the streets, because the streets were normally full of trash from the city.

Here is a preserved and original bakery.

This was the medical symbol (Intertwined snakes) that was painted outside of the Redlight/Brothel district. It was painted here to ensure a lack of vanerial diseases, because just as they are a problem now, they were a problem then.

Brothel sex catalog... a way for men to order what they wanted when they arrived, here is one of the many positions they offered... LOL

Here I am posing in a sexy brothel bedroom. They used to lay straw on the stone beds to add some cushion for the pushin'! Ha Ha Ha!
The justice center in the forum of the city. This is the house of the Roman Law center!

Pompei with Mt. Vesuvius in the background.

This was a preserved market and a petrified body just chillin' there. It really is sad.

Here is a woman that is petrified and you can tell that she was pregnant. The people were esphixiated by the ash and poisonous gases from Mt. Vesuvius on Day 2 of the erruption.
Here is an original bathhouse/sauna from the olden days. They had modern steam heating systems... as our tour guide said Romans=Technology, and from what I saw it was true.
An in tact merchant marble counter.
I took so many pictures this weekend that this barely scratched the surface of what I have to show people. I hope that you enjoyed this blog... I really enjoyed this weekend... Gimp toe and all! This is my last week here... I can't believe it! I'll try to update some more this week (with my photography class pictures and what not).
Ciao Bella e Bello!

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