Mia Bella Napoli

by kpmautner

From Istanbul, we sailed to Naples (Napoli).  Lovely port city that, believe it or not, smells of pizza about the time you leave the harbor.  Tomato sauce (every house has a pot of something aromatic on the stove), basil and garlic.  Lots and lots of garlic.  Yum.

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From the window of the bus.  Looking toward the sea.

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From the window of the bus (hence the glare spots) with first view of Mt. Vesuvius.

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More Vesuvius.  Hadn’t realized just how close to the city the volcano (and it’s still active) actually was.  Our guide said that vulcanologists are calling for a serious eruption within the next 10 years.  Fortunately, although it smoked a bit while we were there, the 10-year call didn’t happen during our visit.  Check in tomorrow for what does happen.

Weather was a bit sketchy, but I have to add that this was the very first day of the trip that it wasn’t bright sunshine.  And this was more morning foggy than really nasty.