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06-09-2018, 10:20 PM
On Saturday, booking into a Hotel at Gatwick tomorrow night with Matron and friends and flying to Naples Saturday, one of those coach day tour thingy bobbies, Amalfi coast with trips to Pompey, Heracleum, Capri, Mount Vesuvius and some other bollox places I cannot pronounce XD

06-09-2018, 10:32 PM
Enjoy Alto and watch out for those long drops over the mountain roads with those dodgy Eyetie coach drivers ..

07-09-2018, 01:01 AM

Amalfi Coast....Very Nice - great list of places to visit as well. B)

have the best of times :D


edit: just took a look at the weather forecast - says could be snowing over there - with temperatures right down to freezy, best take a warm coat - Alto.


07-09-2018, 06:59 AM
I'm jealous Alto - it's my favorite European destination. I once cycled to Sorrento and spent some time round the Bay of Naples afterwards.

The Amalfi drive is incredible, very scenic and spectacular.

Naples is very rough and ready but I love the place. There are some great touristy places to see. there are also areas that I would not recommend, but I'm sure you will be given good advise.

Capri is stunning but VERY expensive. a boat trip to the Blue Grotto is a must..BUT be aware, to actually go inside the grotto you will need to transfer to a smaller boat - and pay extra!

The view from Vesuvius is stunning.

Can I carry your bags? >;)

07-09-2018, 08:16 AM
Agree with all the above, lovely place to visit ---ah, the memories!!
Enjoy yourself alto and don't worry about us ---we will still be around when you return ;D

07-09-2018, 08:25 AM
Just shut your eyes and keep your fingers crossed when the coach goes over any bridges Alto. You'll probaly be alright though, have a great holiday.>;)

07-09-2018, 08:56 AM
Especially for you alto


07-09-2018, 09:57 AM
Have a great holiday Alto!

07-09-2018, 11:25 AM
Thanks for all the above, I'd forgot about the bridge :(

The Bedlington Terrier
07-09-2018, 04:15 PM
Stay safe and don't forget to write!:D

15-09-2018, 11:10 PM
See Naples And Die ?

Well I have to say I was not impressed :(

Stayed in Vico Equense at a very good Hotel apart from the internet which was poor and had to pop out to a Pizza restaurant to get WiFi.

Liked Pompeii and visited the oldest brothel in the world, walking over 5 miles around the site destroyed and yet preserved by the Vesuvius eruption which fascinated me.

The Amalfi coast trip was nothing different in my mind to coastal sites I've seen in Turkey and South Africa.

Expected more from the island of Capri, I don't know why Millionaires flock to this place, I stood outside the Qvisisana Hotel which charges 1,000 a night, the narrow street which runs off it is very expensive, with sunglass's priced at 32,000, I kid you not, the cheapest cup of tea or coffee anywhere on the island was 6, and yes 59/60 a trip around the island on a boat was 18 and it took an hour, our guide said to visit the Blue Grotto was 29 for 30 minutes and you only got 3 minutes in the Grotto and he told us it was a rip off.

Up the road from our Hotel at the local square a beer was 6.

Spent a lot of time on a coach/train every day getting to places so I was usually up at 6am quickly downing breakfast for the outing and not getting back till late so I don't feel I've had a break, more of a trek.

Even if it was dirt cheap I would not go again, Food was either pasta, cheese or parma ham, I thought I'd seen the worse drivers in Turkey but the Italians are mental, overtaking with oncoming traffic all the time, stopping anywhere without signals to let someone get out, saw one driver stop on a small busy roundabout to let someone out, it took a long time and then I realised the person getting out was on crutches with motorists all around him going berserk.

I'll put some photos up later.

The Bedlington Terrier
16-09-2018, 07:06 AM
I'll give that one a miss then! :blue:

16-09-2018, 09:39 AM
I'll give that one a miss then! :blue:

Aye, your child bride would bankrupt you in 20 minutes on Capri :(

16-09-2018, 10:15 AM
Good stuff Alto, Mrs S is always pestering for a trip over there but I've never fancied it, your little review has put her right off. Thank you. ;D

The Bedlington Terrier
16-09-2018, 11:30 AM
Child bride ain't going either! :?

19-09-2018, 05:51 PM
Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius that did the damage in the background.


One of the old stone beds from the oldest brothel.


Graffiti is a big problem and every train is done.


Overlooking a Hotel down onto Capri Harbour