Capri, Sorrento & Pompeii + Return to Rome (2011 Trip)

I was appalled to discover that I had stopped posting pictures from my Mediterranean Cruise.  WTF?  I left everyone hanging with my pictures at Mykonos.  How do you know I even got home?  What if I’ve been writing from some Greek island this entire time?  All my stories are just that….STORIES!?!  Anyway, the new way I can display galleries of pictures makes it really easy to post things, so I’ll do that here.  And since I know very few people actually check my site out anymore, consider this post like a DVD’s special features.  🙂

As for the pictures shown here, this was basically the last port we went to before returning to Rome/Civitivecchia.  After Mykonos, we had a day at sea, and the sea was rough.  It was a nice break in the action and I even signed up to get a massage to see if that would help ease the pain in my lower back, ass and leg.  Obviously, I learned later that massage wasn’t going to cut it as it was a sciatic problem, not a muscle problem.  But the massage itself was pretty nice.  Here are pics from that Day at Sea after Mykonos:

Day at Sea, Sept 7, 2011

Can't tell by this pic, but it was our rockiest seas of the entire trip
Can't tell by this pic, but it was our rockiest seas of the entire trip07-Sep-2011 11:44, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
Whee
Whee07-Sep-2011 11:44, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
We were near the stern of the ship, so you can kinda see the engine kickback
We were near the stern of the ship, so you can kinda see the engine kickback07-Sep-2011 11:44, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

September 8, 2011 – Our Last Port of Call

So the next day was a doozie.  We knew from when we booked the excursions before the cruise that this day was a long one, as the excursion was high intensity and lasted 10 hours.  OY.  It started early as we disembarked in Salerno and immediately boarded a huge ferry bound for the Isle of Capri.  Not the casino in Biloxi, but the actual place in Italy!  It’s a gorgeous, GORGEOUS island and the weather was wonderful for such a visit.  Unfortunately, it’s MOBBED with tourists.  And in Capri, you arrive at the port but the truly scenic stuff is up on the top of the island, and you basically have to take a funicular.  It’s a bottleneck, to put it nicely.  It’s a fucking nightmare, to put it bluntly.  I’m still in pain and now I’m a little tired (as vacationing can be tiring) but waiting in long, barely-moving lines is a quick way to Rage Town for me.  Anyway, we finally get up there and our tour is pretty awesome.  It helps when the place is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  You can see in the pictures below, especially when you see the crystal blue-green waters.  Wonderful.

The Isle of Capri

The Italian port of Salerno
The Italian port of Salerno08-Sep-2011 07:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 200
Looking north along the Amalfi Coast
Looking north along the Amalfi Coast08-Sep-2011 07:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 125
Not just a cruise ship port
Not just a cruise ship port08-Sep-2011 07:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.373mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 500
 
I love those arch-y bridges
I love those arch-y bridges08-Sep-2011 07:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
Inside the Showroom where all excursions begin
Inside the Showroom where all excursions begin08-Sep-2011 08:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
We rode on a ferry along the Amalfi Coast to Capri
We rode on a ferry along the Amalfi Coast to Capri08-Sep-2011 09:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
 
It was cloudy yet gorgeous
It was cloudy yet gorgeous08-Sep-2011 09:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
The Amalfi Coast here is strikingly beautiful
The Amalfi Coast here is strikingly beautiful08-Sep-2011 09:48, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
08-Sep-2011 09:48, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
The almost magical Isle of Capri
The almost magical Isle of Capri08-Sep-2011 10:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Almost out of a pirate story
Almost out of a pirate story08-Sep-2011 10:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
08-Sep-2011 10:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 320
 
08-Sep-2011 10:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Looking into the Marina Grande
Looking into the Marina Grande08-Sep-2011 10:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.036999mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
Yachts are plentiful here
Yachts are plentiful here08-Sep-2011 10:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
 

After some time up top gawking at the scenery (natural and masculine) as well as getting some gelato, it was time to head back.  That line was just as fun as the one up.  Then at the bottom, after waiting so our tour group could re-group, it was time to wait in another long line for another ferry off the island.  Waiting in that line created an annex to Rage Town.  Regardless, we got off the island eventually and about 45 minutes later, the ferry got us to the coastal town of Sorrento.  Amazing place.  Fantastic food.  Lots of touristy beautiful alleys through charming buildings, much like in Trastevere in Rome.  After food there was time to browse and shop.  Yay for shopping.

Our First Time in Sorrento

Back at sea level, we now were set to board another ferry
Back at sea level, we now were set to board another ferry08-Sep-2011 12:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
08-Sep-2011 12:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
08-Sep-2011 12:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
08-Sep-2011 12:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 250
Our next ferry was taking us back to the mainland
Our next ferry was taking us back to the mainland08-Sep-2011 12:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 7.815mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
The next destination was Sorrento
The next destination was Sorrento08-Sep-2011 12:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
And after 45 minutes or so, we were there
And after 45 minutes or so, we were there08-Sep-2011 13:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
08-Sep-2011 13:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
This part of the Italian coast was so beautiful!
This part of the Italian coast was so beautiful!08-Sep-2011 13:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
08-Sep-2011 13:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Sorrento was much like Trastevere, with beautiful, pastel-colored medieval walkways
Sorrento was much like Trastevere, with beautiful, pastel-colored medieval walkways08-Sep-2011 13:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
08-Sep-2011 13:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 
08-Sep-2011 13:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 250
08-Sep-2011 13:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 320
That's Sorrento's clocktower
That's Sorrento's clocktower08-Sep-2011 13:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 320
 

The final stop after this was Pompeii, the famous city that got pummeled by Mt Vesuvius 2000 years ago.  We boarded a coachbus that drove us along the beautiful coastline to Naples/Pompeii.  This was a nice drive.  Pompeii is also great, but I was pretty much exhausted by this point.  I regrettably became irritable.  Sorry, Larry. The most I can say is Pompeii is awesome, but to do an hour-long tour does not do that site justice.  It would be worth it to go back, I believe.  After that visit (and I know I’m doing it a disservice here, as I’m not writing much, but we didn’t get to really experience it that much and it was massively crowded.  It is a phenomenal site though), it was an hour and a half drive back to the ship, which I was soooo happy to see.

The Ruins of Pompeii

Even now, it could erupt.  2K years since Pompeii though.  People seem calm.
Even now, it could erupt. 2K years since Pompeii though. People seem calm.08-Sep-2011 16:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
But when Vesuvius erupted, half the mountain exploded.  You can see that here.
But when Vesuvius erupted, half the mountain exploded. You can see that here.08-Sep-2011 16:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 13.636mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
The entrance to the Pompeii area
The entrance to the Pompeii area08-Sep-2011 16:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
There is a TON of Pompeii to see, as it was so well preserved in ash
There is a TON of Pompeii to see, as it was so well preserved in ash08-Sep-2011 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
08-Sep-2011 17:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
08-Sep-2011 17:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
08-Sep-2011 17:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Our tour was a super brief run through - I'm sure you could spend hours there
Our tour was a super brief run through - I'm sure you could spend hours there08-Sep-2011 17:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 160
The way for Italians to cross the streets so they didn't have to trudge through sewage
The way for Italians to cross the streets so they didn't have to trudge through sewage08-Sep-2011 17:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
You can really see Vesuvius' scars there - it used to be twice as tall
You can really see Vesuvius' scars there - it used to be twice as tall08-Sep-2011 17:17, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.594mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
So much Pompeii, so little time
So much Pompeii, so little time08-Sep-2011 17:17, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
08-Sep-2011 17:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
08-Sep-2011 17:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 6.491mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
08-Sep-2011 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
08-Sep-2011 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

We had one last dinner there and a final night to hang out with our ship-pal Amy at the “karaoke” night which only 10 people showed up to,  it seemed.

Last Night at Sea

Our two dining tables - we eventually got the smaller one so it wasn't so odd
Our two dining tables - we eventually got the smaller one so it wasn't so odd08-Sep-2011 19:51, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
Our dining room view
Our dining room view08-Sep-2011 20:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
As Equinox passed by Capri at night - such a magical sight
As Equinox passed by Capri at night - such a magical sight08-Sep-2011 21:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 6.932mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 
08-Sep-2011 21:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 6.932mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
Finally a karoake night - the last night of the cruise.  Larry was there.
Finally a karoake night - the last night of the cruise. Larry was there.08-Sep-2011 21:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
Us with Amy, a very cool fellow traveler also from NYC
Us with Amy, a very cool fellow traveler also from NYC08-Sep-2011 21:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
Our hallway
Our hallway08-Sep-2011 22:48, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
 

September 9, 2011 – Back to Civitavecchia and the End of the Cruise

Everyone was most likely packing and resting, as of course, the next day was disembarkation and the cruise line basically tells you, “get the fuck off our ship.”  It’s slightly politer than that, but I can’t say it was much more than that.  Your bags are taken off the ship over night and you can find them in a big hangar once you leave.  My sciatic pain was really bothering me at this point too, and while I had initially intended to reverse our route and take the trains back to Rome, I said “fuck it” and paid for a taxi.  We ended up sharing a van taxi with three older Australian women who had just finished a 27-day cruise.  27 days!!!!  That was most definitely the smartest use of money at that point, although we ended up getting to the airport like 5 hours early, so our flight wasn’t even on the boards yet.  Eventually, we got back…..but that was a long ass day of traveling home.  OY.

When we woke up - we were back in Civitavecchia
When we woke up - we were back in Civitavecchia09-Sep-2011 09:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
Parting is such sweet sorrow
Parting is such sweet sorrow09-Sep-2011 09:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
A much more crowded port than before
A much more crowded port than before09-Sep-2011 09:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
Seagulls following the cruiser
Seagulls following the cruiser09-Sep-2011 09:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 14.998mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Goodbye 1649 - you were an awesome room to cruise in
Goodbye 1649 - you were an awesome room to cruise in09-Sep-2011 09:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 400
Our last meal in the Buffet
Our last meal in the Buffet09-Sep-2011 10:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400
 
Sad Larry hamming it up for maximum pity points
Sad Larry hamming it up for maximum pity points09-Sep-2011 10:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
 

Enough of that recap – here are some pics.  Plus I also realized that while I posted on Facebook and have all these pics on Picasa, I actually never posted or wrote about all the time before Day 2 of Istanbul either….such as our three days in Rome before the cruise and the ports before Istanbul, including Santorini, Athens and Day 1 in Istanbul.  For shame!

2011 Mediterranean Trip Pics Index

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