|The Blue Grotto, Capri|
|Vesuvius from Pompei|
|The prostitutes in Pompei had picture menus.|
|Pizza at Cipster in Pozzuoli.|
|Movie poster - a comedy about the "Malavita" or mob life|
|The Green Grotto, Capri|
|The Love Hole, Capri|
|Looking down on the peons from Capri|
|One of the Four Fountains of Rome|
|The extent of the ruins in the Roman Forums|
|Detail of the Trevi Fountain.|
|Trajan had a little winky.|
|An attempt at capturing the extent of Pompei|
Italy was fine to travel to. The trains ran on time from Rome. In Pozzuoli, they were like New York in the '70s, without Snake Plissken to save you. Okay, not that bad, but very old, slow, noisy. The airport was excellent in both Rome and Napoli and takes a big dump on Charles de Gaulle in Paris, where we nearly missed our flight due to their disorder. When the Italians are more organized than you, you have a problem, France. How do you tell when a French airport worker is on strike? They aren't smoking. The French people are very friendly and helpful, however. My short visit to Paris years ago was delightful, and a smile and a little bon jour (or bon giorno in Italy) gets you a long way.
I can't wait to go back. I want to visit the north, Venice, and the south, Calabria and Bari where my family came from. But if I don't, Napoli is close enough. I've been to my grandfather's house in Bray, Ireland. In Italy I would just look at the little town of Acri and wonder where they might have lived.
© 2011 Thomas Pluck