Italy 2017
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Day 1: No fly zone   (Saturday 22nd July 2017)
Day 2: To the old Trout   (Sunday 23rd July 2017)
Day 3: From a chateau Chillon to the Matterhorn.   (Monday 24th July 2017)
Day 4: Around the Horn!   (Tuesday 25th July 2017)
Day 5: Zermatt goodbyes & to Venice for a bit.   (Wednesday 26th July 2017)
Day 6: Bridge of Sighs.   (Thursday 27th July 2017)
Day 7: Our wedding anniversary and the beach we nearly went to.   (Friday 28th July 2017)
Day 8: We woke up in Stiffe!   (Saturday 29th July 2017)
Day 9: Rende to Francavilla di Sicilia and a room change   (Sunday 30th July 2017)
Day 10: Day 2 in Francavilla Mount Etna here we come   (Monday 31st July 2017)
Day 11: Busy doing nothing!    (Tuesday 1st August 2017)
Day 12: Back to the mainland.   (Wednesday 2nd August 2017)
Thursday 3rd August 2017

Up Pompeii.

Breakfast overlooking the ocean..Same sad selection of bread & cake though!

So.. we arrive 08.10, for 08.30 entry...Gates open 9am how does that work?

Do like a big fella with no arms.

Pompeii is VAST..a warren of side streets off the major roads. The site is split into 9 " sections" our audio guide gave us historic facts about many of the buildings.

He lost his mind!
Most of the statues appear to be reproductions. These copper icons certainly are, the originals on display in Rome & other major museums.

The marvelous Pompeii Colloseum, played by Pink Floyd in 1971 with no audiance.
In earlier times the citizens of Pompeii enjoyed watching " Gladiators", Slaves and criminals, tearing each other to pieces or being ripped at by wild animals. Sounds like fun.

In 67 AD during the infamous eruption many citizens of Pompeii lost their lives including this young man.
The forms were created by pouring plaster into the ash shaped mounds found by the archiologists, after the ash was chipped away these astonishing forms were revealed.

The Fountain House, named after this lovely fountain, decorated with shells & glass.

The audio guide was an annoying smart phone, not easy to use without looking like you weren't paying attention to this wonderful site.

Spot the Roman God hidden between the pillars.

32 Degree heat finally caught up with us, we tried to travel towards the top of the volcano, sadly the main route was closed.

Back at our hotel for a bit of hand washing, the laundry service that never was!

A fantastic dinner on the 4th floor of our Hotel Posidon.
We are now enjoying our complimentary sea view & bigger room.

My seafood safari came complete with a tiny shark, or possibly a couple of oversized goldfish.

Looking forward to getting my pixies tomorrow..
Safe flying ladies.

Goodnight dear reader xx

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Day 14: The girls are coming!   (Friday 4th August 2017)
Day 15: Roman Holiday.   (Saturday 5th August 2017)
Day 16: The Gypsy Curse   (Sunday 6th August 2017)
Day 17: Vatican ventures & Gladiators!   (Monday 7th August 2017)
Day 18: Angels & Demons    (Tuesday 8th August 2017)
Day 19: Hello Pope, bye bye pixies.   (Wednesday 9th August 2017)
Day 20: Art work overload.    (Thursday 10th August 2017)
Day 21: Our own unguided tour of Florence.    (Friday 11th August 2017)
Day 22: Ian leans in Pisa.   (Saturday 12th August 2017)
Day 23: Sunny Sunday.   (Sunday 13th August 2017)
Day 24: Goodbye Italy, It's been one hell of a ride.   (Monday 14th August 2017)
Day 25: Long day driving...Hello Callais   (Tuesday 15th August 2017)
Day 26: The final stretch   (Wednesday 16th August 2017)