Italy – Oddities and Observations

apt colorsA break this week from museums. I want to talk about things that struck me in Italy, but first one last note about Pompeii.  Despite my pictures, it was crowded with tourists. I had a chuckled thinking if visitors were issued a toga along with their ticket, it would give us a fuller picture of Pompeii when the ancient Romans lived there.

We got around the region with a little commuter train, the Circumvesuviana. The hotel receptionist said we were lucky – they strike often because they aren’t paid. The trains were graffiti’d like NYC in the old days. And there can be wandering musicians. At 8AM it’s a bit much. We also saw , a woman on the train who crossed herself at each station. Or maybe every time she saw a church. It being Italy, there were myriad churches.apt backs

The fronts of Italian houses and apartments are painted in beautiful old weathered colors. The backs? Not so much.  Hubby said if he were mayor, the first thing he’d do is hand out paint.

I’ve written about the motos, but there are a lot of tiny cars. Sometimes they were so tiny, they could park head in. There were also tiny three-wheeled trucks that sounded like lawnmowers, and even a tiny street sweeper. Made sense with all the narrow vias and viales.

A bit about our dinners (as requested.) Two of our nights in Sorrento we ate in the same place – Da Ginos. Hubby had a huge hunk of salmon, the wine was good, the service kind. We teased the waiter by asking if the wine was from California. We also asked if he recognized the difference between American and English accents. He said yes, American’s sound like…he then imitated a bad English actor being American. He asked which we were and said we didn’t sound American. Travelling incognito.

The last night we had dinner outdoors down by the sea – I had homemade pasta with the lemon sauce – meraviglioso. There were kids fishing nearby. They threw bread into the water and when the fish rose in flocks to feed, they tried to net them.  If they caught one, the restaurant would cook it.
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Other notes. I love the umbrella trees, laundry hangs every where, and sometimes Italians watch the tourists.



  1. Julie Hayhurst says:

    Interesting photos, and stories Terri… hope to see this winter in our Italian class 🙂

  2. I like your descriptions. We can get the tourist guide stuff anywhere, but it’s much more interesting to read about what you notice as you see the sites. Thanks!

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