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.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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