Sunday, March 18, 2007

A Wonderful Start!!

You can imagine my surprise when I opened the blogger site and it was all in Italian! Luckily it seems I am able to write in English or you would never hear from us!

My flight went smoothly and after leaving KC a little late all my other flights arrived early. Alitalia Airlines to Milan left at midnight from Newark and I was exhausted by that time so after dinner I was able to sleep for 5 hours. When I woke up we were over the Alps and it was beautiful. By the time I arrived in Naples it was late afternoon and I only had to stay awake another few hours before I could sleep again. So all in all it was the best overseas flight schedule I've had.

On Friday Paul and I took the train to Pompeii. Nothing is easy here. Dan dropped us off at the train station at 6:30. We took the train to one train station in Naples and then walked through the city. We stopped and had a croissant filled with custard, a good find, and then took the bus to the main train station. We waited a while at got the train to Pompeii which was incredible. We stayed there all day, took the train back to Naples and took the bus to Averno which takes about an hour. NOTHING is easy, transportation wise. Even if you had a car you wouldn't drive. The traffic is awful with one way streets, construction and road blocks everywhere. Center lines and stop signs are optional and it is nothing to see 5 cars side by side on a two lane road. Here's one of the traffic rules: If you cannot see the cars behind you in your rear view mirror and you hit them it is their fault.

Friday night we went to a Boeing party here where we are staying. I was tired so went to bed early. Got up Saturday at 4:30!!

Saturday Paul, Dan, Ray and I went on the Euro Star (200 miles an hour-only took 1 1/2 hours) to Roma. Ray is a friend of Dan's who is well traveled and it was great for him to make the arrangements and lead us through the train station and around Roma. We took the doubledecker bus to see the highlights, ate a wonderful lunch. I had Carbanora and Paul had a seafood antipasto (with odd looking creatures of the sea) and some red pasta dish. Ray waited at the train station while Paul Dan and I walked to the Colosseum. Dan had been there 30 years before and said it was a 15 minute walk--it was a 45 minute walk!! So you walked down there and literally turned around and came back. We caught the train back and finally got home around 10. To say the least we were pooped and went to bed.

It's now Sunday morning and Paul and Dan are getting ready to walk, I'm going to sit by the pool. We are going to Ray's house for dinner.

Even though I'm world's best packer, I forgot the charger to my camera battery. I'm going to a big electronics store today to see if I can find a replacement.

The weather is beautiful here, about 70 during the day. We take off jackets and are in short sleeves but the Italians still have on their winter coats with fur collars!! Must be a metabolism thing?

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