So, it's about that time to be putting up some more honeymoon pictures, don't you think? I also spent some time today setting up a Flickr account and figuring out how to post multiple pictures from Flickr to a blog. How do you do this, you might ask? Answer - it's a huge pain in the butt, which may hopefully get easier after a few years or so.
So, when I last dropped this narrative, we were in Rome...
Well, we took a train to Naples, where we were only going to spend one night.
This is the view up the street from our hotel room. (It didn't really rain the whole time we were in Italy.)
Since we were only going to be in Naples one night, we of course had to get ourselves some Neapolitan pizza! We had already been to Da Michele, when we were in Naples in 2001 (oh MAN. We pretty much went to Naples that trip just to eat pizza. While we were there, we met a couple of English guys who were staying in the same hotel as us and invited them out to dinner. The lines at da Michele were so long that we had time to drink two bottles of wine between the six of us, and we didn't realize that the English guys weren't helping us finish the wine until after it was gone... though I do highly recommend da Michele's pizza when you've had a bit too much to drink).
We got two pizzas; Marinara (on the right - just marinara sauce, basil, and garlic) and margherita (left - marinara, basil, and mozarella). Seriously, yum! Here's a picture of our plates after we finished eating.
This was their antipasti table... we had such great antipasti all over Italy. I'll put up more antipasti pics later on. Here I see eggplant, zucchini, peas, peperonata, and small fish, maybe anchovies?
I took this picture at the Museo Archeologico; it's a mosaic (!) from Pompeii. First of all, can you believe how well it's preserved? The patience it must have taken to put this together.... totally shocking. I mean, look at how tiny those tiles are! We also saw the famous mosaic of Alexander.
Look at this church!
It's really not very attractive from the outside, is it? I think it looks like a warehouse, or maybe a parking garage... it's the Gesu Nuovo, and it was built as a palazzo in 1470. It didn't become a church until the 16th century. There's something kind of endearing about the unattractiveness of the building, though.
We only got to stay in Naples for a day and a half before we headed for Positano. After having been there twice (admittedly for ony a day or so each time) I'm still not really sure if I enjoy visiting there or not. It's a crazy, crazy place... dirtier than anywhere else I've been in Italy and very crowded. This is far from being an original observation, but the driving in Naples is ballsier than anywhere else... if you wait politely on the sidewalk to cross the street, you'll wait until everyone's gone home to bed. People drive their scooters on the sidewalk, in between the vendors ripping tourists off with fake electronics. On the other hand, though, the city's beautiful in a frenetic way. Big Italian nonnas sell cigarettes directly from their balconies using a basket attached to a long rope. Laundry is strung all the way across the street. Whole families and their shopping hang off of Vespas, shooting in and out of traffic. And the whole time, Vesuvius looms menacingly in the background. One day, that volcano's gonna blow, and who knows what will happen then? Until then, I recommend visiting Naples for at least a little while. I'll leave you with this picture of us on the ferry for Positano.