Moby Obie Memorial Mediterranean Cruise, Days 8 & 9 (Part II)

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[We’re on the road again.  For the rest of the day our lives would be in the hands of our bus driver, Luigi.  🙂 We were headed for Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.]

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[The supervisor will knock little old ladies out of the way to get us a front row seat on the bus.  Great for photos ops!  😉 ]

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[The supervisor, in spite of her desire to be “up front,” closed her eyes for most of this trip,]

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[The Sorrento peninsula and Amalfi coast highways are more conducive to travel by Smart Cars and motorcycles than buses!]

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[Not fond of the overhanging cliffs – but this is pretty much what it’s like all the way to Salerno – maybe farther?]

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[Protection from rock slides?]

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[The long and winding road.]

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[Will always be an all-time favorite place . . .  😉 ]

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[What I said above (well, I had to make sure I had the shot!).]

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[A fond look back at Vesuvius.]

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[And a fond look forward at houses hanging out over the sea.]

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[It comes with a view.]

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[Circling around Sorrento – but we’ll be back!]

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[Many scenic overlooks . . .]

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[But not many places to pull over – particularly if you’re a bus!]

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[A small town on the tip of the peninsula.]

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[Where we are, where we were, and where we’re going.   We’ll turn around at Positano, couldn’t make it as far as Amalfi on a day trip.  😦  ]

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[I can’t remember the name of these little islands, but they were named back in the time when gods ruled the planet.]

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Hang in there, Luigi!!!]

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[Somehow struck me as not the best place for a farmers’ market?]

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[Our first glimpse of Positano, the vertical city!]

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[I don’t know how you stop to look at the map – this is the traffic lane.]

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[Parking is at a premium in the vertical city, so you park on the roads on the way into and out of town.  There is no bus parking.]

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[Our only available shot of Positano, built up the side of a cliff!]

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[Positano is probably best accessed by boat.]

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[Coming back up after Luigi hung a U-ey.]

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[Back to Sorrento for lunch and touristy stuff.]

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[City street.]

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[We’re walking again . . . into the town center.]

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[Maria leads her famished flock to restaurant central.]

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[The choices were . . . well, everybody scatter.  Meet back here in an hour and half?]

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[Little squares with . . .]

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[statuary abound.]

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[We gotta go back to where those flags are – looks like a view!]

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[Hmmm, this street looks promising.]

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[The sign says . . .]

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[A pizzeria . . . and Salvador Dali?  Isn’t he Spanish?  😉 ]

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[Another little square with statues . . .]

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[A popular photographic subject.  😉 ]

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[Thirsty, and excited (?) for lunch, we found a little restaurant down an alley just off the square.  😉 ]

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[So happy together . . . A restaurant staffer volunteered to take our photo.  The other staff laughed – said the guy fancied himself quite the photographer.  He ran around taking photos of us from every angle!]

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[Back with camera in hand.  Hey, Weakie – note our marghertia pizzas.  Just like one at the top of the previous post!]

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[Back at the square with the popular statue.  It appears that its stand has “legs.”]

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[The view that cemented Sorrento’s standing in the polls as No. 1 as my favorite beach place on the cruise (over Mykonos and Cannes).]

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[Just lovely.]

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[Down another little alley, we found the Astoria!  Fans (?) of the blog may recall that the supervisor and I met at the Astoria condomium in Arlington, Virginia, some 26 years ago.]

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[Looks like a nice place.]

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[The Astoria (center) in Arlington, Virginia, lest you forgot.  😉 ]

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[And now off we go in search of Maria.]

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[There’s light at the end of the tunnel.]

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[Oh, only 2:55 – we still have a half an hour.]

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[We found town center again!]

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[Time to round up the crew and head for home.]

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[Back at the Naples port.]

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[Anne & Bill paid a short visit to the castle museum; the supervisor & I went up for a nap.]

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[Home, sweet home.]

Up next:  Probably homecoming, then Rome.

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