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Procida and Ischia (two islands)

Today, we tried to do too much and it backfired! First, we went to Procida...it was very small with hardly any tourists. We couldn't go to the abbey because it was closed, so we snacked, killed time and got on a hydrofoil (a boat on steroids) to Ischia. We arrived there so late that we couldn't go to the hot springs, the beach, and shop like we wanted. We also had communication problems with several busdrivers so we never made it to the thermal springs that this island is known for....They are supposed to be able to cure what ails you!

We hopped another bus and drove all the way to the other side of the island because it is supposed to be a white sandy beach. All of the beaches here seem to be grey dirt, but I guess it is actually volcanic rock since there are several volcanoes around here....Mt. Vesuvius is one of them.... We never saw any white sand and the beaches are all so crowded...plus we didn't want to miss our boat back home....and my head was hurting...so we left...it took over 2 hours to get back to the mainland....

We were disappointed that we didn't do more on Ischia, but the busride was incredible! The island is very clean and has a lot of beaches and ports which were full of yachts...maybe even mine one day!!!! ha ha There were mountains so tall on the island and so green that it reminded me of Hawaii....not that I have been there.

We got back to our town and had gelato again. Mom had one of those mini cones that I swear they call "miniblob" and I mixed two flavors...coffee (this IS Italy!) and one that I can't pronounce. I had it before..it is like fudge ripple. At the bottom of my cup, when I was almost done, I panicked! There was an oval shaped black object in my ice cream....since I am always the one that winds up with the dirty silverware, or a hair in my food, or a bug...I was grossed out...I examined the specimen only to find it was a COFFEE BEAN!!!! OF course, that makes sense...I was soooo relieved it wasn't a roach...which, by the way, we haven't seen any of these lovely creatures here.....

For dinner, we had pasta and Mom made fresh "squealed" lemonade...she was tired when she said that....but I imagine they would squeal if they could as she was grinding them on a juicer.....obviously, we are both tired...

Tomorrow is Mom's last day here so we'll see if we can ride another train without paying!!! We are getting used to wearing these "lost and confused tourist" looks on our faces anyway....

Posted by thedcgroup 11:26

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