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Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 15

Jan. 26, 2016: Naples to Florence Having passed the midpoint of our tour at approximately midnight last night, we get up early this morning and start packing for the next leg. The policeman is at home, and we communicate with him via the translator app on his phone (if you think WE finally had access…… Continue reading Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 15

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Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 14

Jan. 25, 2016: Sorrento and Naples As it turns out,  this is a day to be played by ear. We’d originally entertained thoughts of visiting Herculaneum, another ancient city destroyed by Vesuvius. But for various reasons, we decide against it, and so it leaves us with a free day. My recommendation is that we hop…… Continue reading Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 14

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Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 13

Jan. 24, 2016: Pompeii This morning, having recovered from our bumpy-bed, goosebump temperature night, we proceed to the station and hop on a train to Pompei, a modern city that’s a short walk away from the ruined ancient city with the confusingly similar name: Pompeii. En route, we pass the first campground we’ve seen in…… Continue reading Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 13

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Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 12

Jan. 23, 2016: Rome to Naples/ Torre del Greco This morning at about 9:00 as we’re getting our things together at a leisurely pace, “Helena” knocks on our door and asks if we’re about ready to leave, as she has another guest arriving in 45 minutes and needs to get the room ready. This lady…… Continue reading Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 12

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Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 11

Jan. 22, 2016: Rome/ Vatican City Today’s destination is the Vatican, which though smack dab in the middle of Rome, is officially both a city of its own and a country of its own. We take a bus this time, a bus so inhumanly jammed with passengers that there’s no way we can squeeze in…… Continue reading Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 11

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Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 10

Jan. 21. 2016: Rome Today’s destination is the Roman Forum. But we have to walk a couple of miles to get there, and we have plenty of occasion to take in the splendor of The Eternal City. One thing we are amazed by is the way ancient ruins are casually interspersed among bustling contemporary buildings,…… Continue reading Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 10

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Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 9

January 20, 2016: Pisa to Rome   When I go into the kitchen this morning, I see right away what Alessandro and his guest were whipping up so noisily last night. On the table, in a huge baking pan, is a crumb cake with about a third of it missing. Beside it is a note…… Continue reading Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 9