Dear Barb

In anticipation of your visit, and not wanting to appear a total klutz when we head to the hydrofoil to go visit Karen and Mike in their new home, I decided to do a little trial run of getting to the correct place at the harbour. All I can say is “Such fun I had!”

I had read online all about getting there by tram, it sounded ever so simple. (When will I ever learn?) I walked to Piazza Garibaldi where I “knew” I’d be able to buy tickets and catch Tram 1. I finally found the tram lines and saw a sign that said “Fermata provvisoria”. I gave myself a pat on the back for being able to translate that to “Temporary stop”. Barb will be so impressed, I thought. I waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, I went into the train station, found the Tourist Information folks and asked them where I could find that darn tram. An indulgent laugh emitted from the young lady. She said “Signora, there USED to be a tram.” Now, I had the choice of a bus or the metro. So, Barb, you’re going to just love riding the metro, I promise! Β Or, even if you don’t, my strong advice to you is to grit your teeth and say nothing.Β 

A person could get lost in this train station!

The progress I was making did feel snail-like

Barb, the metro station is about 4 floors below ground level. Are you okay with that?

My first view of Mount Vesuvius, in the early morning haze.

Just a few images from the waterfront. We can take a rowboat ride, if you want to.

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This shy fellow volunteered to have his photo taken, and was happy to be seen on my blog. Thanks, Francesco.

We can go here, if that is your wish, Barb.

I probably looked a bit like this when my mission was accomplished. Very pleased, indeed.Β 

So, don’t say you haven’t been warned, and don’t complain when I get us lost a few times!



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40 responses to “Dear Barb

  1. Some of the metro stops are wonderful works of art within themselves and theres one showing the finds as they constructed it through 6 epochs of humanity. the metro is where it’s all at!

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  2. Ah, there’s nothing like a dry run to make you feel like an expert when someone is there to be squired around. I loved those plastic snails.

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    • They’ve done an astounding job in modernising that station. I think that’ll be one of our excursions, come to think of it, a few hours exploring the place!

      Expert? Not quite, but maybe less of a loser. πŸ™‚

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  3. Bridget

    Yvonne, I have many similar travel stories! One time I walked and walked looking for a certain restaurant with no luck. I finally walked to the taxi stand defeated. When I asked the driver if he would take me to the restaurant he sighed and gazed across the street…. I followed his stare and there, of course, was the restaurant! Oops, sorry, never mind. Yikes, was I embarrassed! Oh well, I tried! Looking forward to reading about what kind of trouble you and Barb can get into! xx


    • You’re lucky the driver didn’t take you for a spin around the city and then deliver you to the restaurant, eh? I’m kind of hoping Barb will have a steadying influence on me … xxxx


  4. julie Myler

    Loving reading your escapades Yvonne, love to Barb ! looking forward to reading about your adventures, do get a pic of the Veiled Christ for me, .. julie xx

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  5. Looks like you and Barb will have fun fun fun!
    If you get arrested, call me! I have $$$ for bail! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚


  6. Ignorance is bliss; ’tis folly to be wise!
    So it would seem that there are still railway lines at the station but no tram……………..?


  7. Piazza Garibaldi rings a bell. The railway station looks totally different. It was always enormous. Glad you met up with Barb, if that’s what was suppose to happen.

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  8. Getting lost can be fun. You never know what you might discover. You and Barb are going to have a great time. I’m a little envious. ☺

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  9. Susie L

    If you manage to scare Barb off, let me know, I’ll be right over!

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  10. Can I be Barb? Please!!!

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  11. It looks such fun! But I wish you’d stop calling me Barb.

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  12. nco4242

    If you have time explore Baia the Las Vegas of Ancient Italy. Part did a slide into the sea but a lot is still there on land and very interesting not many people go there. This link will tell you all about it. Something different

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  13. Oh the joys of travelling alone! I assumed (and you know what they say about that!) that you were Italian fluent. I stand corrected πŸ™‚ I hope you will post about your adventures with your friend Barb, I’m sure there will be lots of unexpected side roads and forays πŸ™‚

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  14. Why is the tram gone?

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  15. Your epistolary blog made me wish I were Barb!

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  16. Even a total klutz can take good photos πŸ™‚

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  17. Barbara Bickley

    It’s going to be such fun but be careful! I just might fall in love with Napoli and extend my visit with you. I don’t have to be on the plane headed home until 1 May! Lucky you! πŸ™‚

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  18. Hi, I’ll meet you anytime if you make the journey such fun as reading about this one was. But I know what you mean, I’ve been caught with signs that are still standing years after the connections with them have disappeared.

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    • I was very grateful I was on my own when all this happened, Mari. But, that’s the sort of thing that makes travel fun. It would have been different if I needed to be somewhere at a specific time, then I wouldn’t have been so cheery!


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