"One of the best feelings is sleeping under two layers of comforters in a cosy bed and drifting off to sleep anticipating a new day in a new city. I love travelling, and looking back, I have no regrets about spending our savings on family trips around the world. That is one thing Hub and I did right, I think, foregoing the fancy houses and cars for new places and experiences with our kids."
I absolutely agree with her. I'll happily forgo expensive bags and shoes for a trip to somewhere, anywhere. Traveling opens up a whole new world of experiences. Not to mention, we meet so many people along the way.
During our stay at Casa Mazzola, we met this nice couple from Israel. I was so thrilled to learn that they're growers and exporters of persimmons, the same ones we buy from our supermarkets! They too, have traveled around the world and it was never boring chatting with them.
|Mt Vesuvius seen from far.
At the top of the volcano is a crater rim that affords a view into the crater that still fumes slightly. While the weather was sunny on the way up, we could see clouds hanging just above the crater. In fact, it began to drizzle as we walked under the clouds.
|Overseeing the Bay of Naples below.
|Pompeii city, with Mt Vesuvius in the background.
|Entrance to Pompeii.
The place was teeming with tourists, so there are no lack of of shops selling tacky souvenirs. Our local Italian friend told us these huge lemons are only good for one thing - that is to impress the tourists. The rind is at least an inch thick, so you're better off buying the regular lemons which are jucier and cheaper.
I was appalled to see most stalls selling China-made plastic imitations of Pompeii ruins.
I only spotted one selling authentic Italian food but I wouldn't get my fix from these tourist traps.
We stopped by for ice cream and pastries at this shop. A group of local nuns were eating ice cream, so it can't be too bad.