My family on Friday went on a train to Pompeii. We walked to a little town called Pompeii. There is a volcano in Italy that erupted in 79AD. The volcano in Italy is called Mount Vesuvius. All the people that lived in Pompeii got covered in the volcano’s hot ashes. Those people are over two thousand years old. Archaeologists dug up the people that were covered in ash. We got to see all the people’s houses. They are all made out of brick. My favorite part was seeing the people that are dead. It was an AWESOME trip to Pompeii. It was an awesome, incredible, unblievelble, and fun trip!
As we head out of Naples, I thought I’d share my ending thoughts on what we did and my feelings on where we visited. After spending the week in Naples, I still think it’s dirty. There is garbage everywhere, the garbage bins are overflowing, and it just feels gross. That being said, it’s a very central location to visit some really amazing landmarks and the people are incredible.
We stayed in a small 2-bedroom flat in the middle of the historical center of Naples. This is where apartment buildings stretch high into the sky, divided by roads only wide enough for one car to drive through. The streets are stone blocks, slippery when wet. There are scooters and motorcycles that zoom in and out of people and cars, honking to let you know they want you to move-or they’ll plow right into you (pedestrians definitely don’t have the right of way). It’s quite the experience and not something I think I could ever get used to!
As for location, we were about 2 Kilometers from the Castel Nuovo, about 5 minutes walk to the Metro, and about 15 minutes walk from the true touristy areas. We could tell when we had entered the touristy areas, because there was no language barrier–almost everyone spoke English.
By Metro, we were about 25 minutes from Pompeii, which I would recommend seeing with or without kids. This was an incredible experience. We did not have a tour guide, and between the pamphlets we received when we paid to get in (children 12 and under are free, which was great!) and the internet, we didn’t feel a tour guide was necessary, and I’m glad we didn’t pay for one! We were able to go at our own pace, see the places we wanted to see, and it was definitely an unforgettable experience. Pompeii is a lot bigger than I had imagined, so it took most of the afternoon to walk, see, and explore.
By Metro and then by ferry, we saw the Amalfi Coast. I was a little disappointed when we first arrived, for I feel like pictures you see of the city are a bit doctored up. The buildings aren’t as colorful as pictures on the internet or books show–so I wasn’t blown away upon arrival. When we got off the ferry, we walked toward the main square and that is when the blowing away of me began. We were greeted by a huge staircase that led up to a magnificent church. As we continued our walk through the shop-lined narrow streets and throngs of tourists, I began to notice some colorful buildings. The more we walked, the thinner the crowds became, to which we were thankful for. We continued to climb up into the residential parts of Amalfi and that’s when I realized just how beautiful this city was. The streets were lined with tall multi-colored buildings and sprinkled with lemon tree and grape orchards. It was a hilly city, with the streets weaving in and around the hills. The higher you climbed, the more spectacular the view became. It’s a truly magical city worth seeing. I do wish we had had more time to spend there.
Now we’re off to Krakow, Poland. I’m looking forward to experiencing that city for the first time!
October 12, 2016
Today we had to wake up early because we were going to do something awesome. I woke up at 7 A.M. so that we could walk to the train station. Mom told us about the pickpockets in Italy, so we made sure that they didn’t steal anything from us. Once we got to the train, Dad asked if I would give him my compass. He figured out that we were on the wrong train, so we had to get off the train and wait an hour until the right one came. While we were waiting, Dad got us each a Kinder Egg (illegal in America for some reason, but if you have the chance to go out of the country, I encourage you to try one). We got onto the correct train and then rode on it for about an hour, so we waited and waited on that sucky train until we got to Salerno, Italy.
We waited next to the water until our ferry to the Amalfi Coast. It was beautiful. Surrounded by mountains and colorful buildings. There was a HUGE church right in the middle of it that they had turned into a museum. We started hiking up the road, and to our surprise, they had a lemon farm up at the top of the road. We saw an old paper-mill, which was pretty cool, but I was really surprised that it wasn’t a museum. We had to go back home, so we walked back to the ferry and rode it back to Salerno. Then, we got onto the train and rode back. Once we got back, we ate at at fancy Italian restaurant (ristorante in Italian). I had the best pasta I’ve ever had in my life. It was amazing.
October 13, 2016
Today we woke up a little later than yesterday, but still pretty early. We had to get out of bed immediately so that we could go to see a castle in Naples called Castel Nuovo. The castle was awesome because we got to see the moat and there was a glass floor with real skeletons underneath. After the castle, we went to lunch and got Italian pizza. It was really good, but Iv’e had better this week. I learned that in the olden days, people made WAY better buildings.