(If you’re looking for pictures, try the two previous posts.) 🙂
Let’s back up a bit from Sunday in Sorrento to Saturday in King of Prussia. (It just doesn’t have the same “ring” to it, does it?) I took my first Uber ride from home to the airport. All went well; it cost half of what my parking was going to cost (matching to the parking cost with the Uber home), and it was so much more convenient. Sorry, Preflight Parking, I’m with Uber now – please don’t miss the 1-3 times per year that I park at your facility.
The first flight went very well. I sat next to a lovely older couple from Doylestown and we chatted on and off throughout the flight. The only drawback, seriously, just one, was that the gentlemen’s arm was consistently on my side of the armrest (in other words, touching mine) and if you’ve read my “Arrival in Berlin” post from September 13, 2014, you’ll know how much I dislike anyone touching me on airplanes. (Wink, wink)
The flight actually arrived at CDG (Charles DeGaulle airport) early, thereby easing my concerns about missing my connecting flight. Spending the whole day in Paris waiting for the 8:00 p.m. flight to Naples would really have been tiresome, even though I had a good plan for checking out some sights in the city. I found my way to the gate without trouble and we boarded on time. I was in the last row of the plane, right in front of the toilets. Are you aware of how loudly the toilets in an airplane flush? Pretty loud, I must tell you.
This flight was about an hour and a half and I was once again next to a gentleman who invaded my personal space with his arms and, on occasion, legs. Annoying, but a relatively short flight so I made do. I was hugging the wall as much as I could but hopefully he didn’t notice.
Arriving in Naples, I was surprised by the dinginess of the airport, at least the part I was in. There were some decent shops but the baggage claim area and the bathroom there were both dismal. The bathroom, especially, needed help in a major way.
My driver was waiting for me in the arrival hall, although there were so many drivers there with signs it took me several minutes to find the one with my name on it. Leaving the airport left me with an even more dismal opinion of Naples. It was NOT a pretty route from the airport for a good 50-60 minutes. I was actually beginning to worry that I had booked my vacation in a very ugly spot. Thankfully, things changed as we got to the Sorrentine Peninsula.
It started with some interesting sights, including crazy scooter drivers – talking on phones, pulling out in front of cars much more closely than I would dare pull out, the couple on the scooter holding an umbrella to shield them from the rain, the constant passing of cars in front of them, even when traffic was coming the other way. Definitely a different driving scene here! Also of interest, the man on a horse, accompanied by his German Shepherd, riding through the very busy streets of Sorrento. I wish I’d gotten a picture of that but by this time I was trying very hard not to fall asleep but losing the battle. No, it wasn’t a hallucination, but I was just too slow and not close enough to my camera to capture his pic as we drove by. The van was hot (no apparent air conditioning), so that didn’t help me stay awake either. J
More to come – I need to get to bed! Early morning tomorrow to hike the Path of the Gods – I can’t wait! Buona Sera – Ciao!