The cliffside in Sorrento
We finally made it to Sorrento
at about 3pm and then couldn't find a place to eat. We finally settled on one of the two places that appeared to be open. We had our second Italian pizza. This was Napoli style pizza and really wasn't my thing. The crust was just too soft for me. While we were eating a man on a scooter propositioned Angela and offered to take her for a ride on his scooter. She seemed to be considering, but luckily declined when she couldn't figure out what I would do. We really didn't know what to do in Sorrento so we set out for the water. The trip to it led us to these splendid alleys lined with stores and shopping booths, before a treacherous walk down the side of a steep hill.
(I am the only person I know that hates going down stairs more than I hate going up).
How scenic is this?
However, it is so worth it to get to the bottom and look up at the cliffs and the colorful buildings built into the cliffside. The day had become slightly overcast and even still it was beautiful. We took pictures of Nichelle and Fuzzles and then head out in search of Limoncello. We found it, tasted it and it's gross. Never the less, we bought some as souvenirs...I actually found lemon cream in Rome
that is quite yummy though. Not only did Ang think it was gross, but it didn't sit well with her stomach. We made the long climb back up the hill and Ang was feeling like crap. I tried to be sympathetic, but I think I failed because I was too concerned we would miss our train.
As it turns out, my worrying was for naught, because our train was delayed 40 minutes.
Angela enjoying a break before the long walk back up
Well, we figured, we might as well put on our big girl panties and venture out into big bad naples. Outside of the Naples
train station is a busy, slightly dirty (okay very dirty) gritty city, but to be honest, it had its charm. We walked by street vendors pedaling everything from underwear to cameras. Why would I want to buy my underwear from a street vendor? How much of a deal can you be offering? They are just cotton panties! Then a man asked if we wanted to buy...a laptop, which he pulls out of nowhere. Hmmm, I really do want a laptop, but what kind of warranty do you suppose there is when you buy it on the street? In addition, to this very valid concern, I also suspect that somewhere out there is the rightful owner of this laptop, and it's not this man, but rather an unsuspecting tourist much like myself.
Still, it's something to consider... Anyway, Naples does feel a little seedy in this area, and I am feeling a bit like a target, so I don't even get my camera out, lest my camera be the next one offered for purchase on the streets of Naples. I feel like we've been lucky so far, let's not push our luck, so back to the train station we go. Our train is now 50 minutes late and we honestly consider train jumping, but I've used up all my nerve and we wait for our own, which actually left the same time as the other one did anyway.
We make it back to Rome in one piece and head to our first hotel to get our luggage. We say our good-byes to the man working at the desk (he seems genuinely sad to see us go). Our new hotel turns out to be...about 3 blocks away. It is not near as nice, but it is nice and it has my favorite amenity of the whole trip...a U.S. plug outlet. I take full advantage and plug in everything I can find just because I can. We are exhausted from a very long very tiring day, but it's not over yet. We head back out... It's time for gelato! End of day 2