Steve "That's real cheesy, isn't it", Lydia "Yip", Both of us "bahahahahahah....."
Over the last week we visited Milan for two nights with our main purpose being the Formula 1 Monza GP. Steve had the ‘most incredible day’ (his words) spend with 200,000 plus, including Tiffosi (Ferrari supporters), who are fanatical about F1 and Ferrari. True to his usual form most of the photos we have of our trip are now of the GP. The racing was awesome, and once it finished apparently he sprinted onto the race track with everyone else to watch the prize giving. Of course he was the only one there in his black Schumacher clothes amongst the sea of red. He (Schumacher not Steve) finished 6th.
The following day we drove to Sorrento which is on the west coast and approximately half an hour away from Naples. We are staying in a cute, old 15th century bed and breakfast, up a very narrow and windy driveway. They have the BEST Gelato shop here with over 80 flavours to choose from. They even do a maxi ice cream which is 6 scoops – which I just HAD to have. After 8, Straccatella, Pistachio, Berry Cherry Ripple, Tiramisu and Chocolate topped off with whipped cream – YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!
We did a fantastic speed boat trip to and around the Island of Capri. We stopped enroute at a waterfall where we all jumped off the boat and had a swim. At Capri we stopped for a few hours having time to check out the port and have lunch (a massive ‘Capri’ sandwich), before returning to the boat and travelling around the island, seeing the blue, green and white grotto’s. Along the way we also stopped and spent time chasing massive jumping tuna.
Finally yesterday we did a tour of Pompei and Mt Vesuvius, this included an extended bus trip to the site navigating flooding and debris along the way due a torrential downpour. We toured Pompeii being shown the main parts of the town – market square, homes, bakery, wool market, theatre and temples all of which have been left as they found them. The only place they have completely recreated, replacing the second story which was wood and burned in the eruption is the brothel. Mt Vesuvius was slightly disappointing as due to the weather visibility was zero. We were driven by bus the first 3000 metres however were unable to complete the last 1000 metres to the top due to the weather.