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Amalfi Coast

Well, Friday I got to go to Bagnoli to "Turlte Point" to see the aquarium where they keep injured sea turtles. I love turtles so I was thrilled to see so many (about 30) up close. Several weighed twice what I do and had heads larger than my hand! One was missing a flipper, another lost an eye, one couldn't swim, one couldn't dive, etc. They stay there until healed or until they die.

Yesterday, I took a ski-boat from Pozzuoli to Positano. It took about 2 hours, but the coastline just kept getting more amazing the further we went. The cliffs rise straight up -- no gentle slopes there! The houses are stacked on top of each other. I visited the somewhat famous homemade lemon granita sand in the main plaza. I must say it was the best so far -- not too tart, not too sweet..... I walked around a little and then caught a bus to Amalfi.

I got to sit on the right (so I could see the cliffs drop to the sea) and in the front row! The only thing in front of me was the windshield. Whee! It was crazy! Twice it looked like the front of the bus was hanging off of the edge! I loved it and took several pictures. Just don't turn your head to look at something because then the bus driver has to whip the bus back the other way and you feel lightheaded.

The bus takes you right to the port in Amalfi and that is where the action takes place. You can sit outside and look at the ocean and the bathers and the blue water. I went to a sandwich place and had a bite to eat before I visited the Church of St. Andrew. I got to see the small cloister, the museum, the crypt, and the cathedral for 2.50 euro....cheap! The museum has a pope's hat looking thing (sorry, not Catholic) with over 20,000 small pearls on it from the 13th century. The cathedral actually had a piece of St. Andrew's skull on display. Why? I don't know...remember I'm not Catholic.

The fountain in the plaza is somewhat famous. It is in front of the massive steps that lead to the aforementioned church. Here is what I find funny....the marble lady has fountains coming out of her breasts....around here, people just tip their head to drink out of fountains all over Italy, but never have I seen one like this! I wanted a picture of someone doing that, but the water wasn't running from there that day...oh, well, I took a picture anyway.....
So, let's see, in the same area, you have nipple fountains and saint's skull bones.....hmmmmm

I walked around the winding roads, up and down several flights of stairs (it is a cliff town) adn then, tired, I took a ski-boat all the way back to Pozzuoli. I headed to my favorite veggie place and ordered everything green that they had. You must understand, Italy is a great place, but I must have more veggies and salads! I cannot live on pasta, pastry, and cappuchino alone!!

I head out Wednesday for more travels. I have enjoyed staying in the Campi Flegrei area. It translates to Flaming Country because of the history of volcanoes and sulfur pits and thermal springs. Also, I am staying near one volcano and can see Mt. Vesuvius from here!

My blog mentions Greece in the title, but I won't make it this time. I will save that for another trip...a much cooler, less costly, much less crowded trip......In other words, I will go there off season!

Posted by thedcgroup 02:14

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