Was a really nice time in Napoli.
Go visit Alex. Just prep for climbing lots of stairs 🙂
Thursday morning, I woke early.
Retrieve the bike.
Alex helped me bring my luggage down.
Said our farewells.
Rode out. Ignoring TomTom till I was out of Alex’s part of town. Useless Dutch programmers were trying to send me the wrong way. Lucky that I knew the area.
Favourite memory from this trip? Being called a “Neopolitean”. From a local, driving his Beemmer, based on the way I parked, and moved my bike. High praise indeed!
Rain started shortly after I rode out. Luckily I had chosen to pull over beforehand, so dressed in comfort.
Temperature ranged all the way from 27-to-12degC. With and without rain. The cooler temps were from climbing up into the hills.
Three and a half hours later, pulled into Sulmona.
Birthplace of Ovid, whose works I had to study. Preferred Catullus and Lucretius.
The “happiest days of my life”, as school days are referred to. The happiest times were spent in an Italian cafe! Who knew 🙂
In town, I parked.
Found a B&B.
Rode over and scored a primo parking spot.
Too early to book in, so went for lunch.
Clemente served a very nice lamb ravioli……
Back to the B&B to check-in, and unpack.
Fell asleep. I think the lack of siestas in Napoli have caught up with me.
Awoke to see Saudi Arabia start well against Russia, and then conceede a goal at 12mins. Russian team looked bigger, fitter and stronger than the Saudi’s. Left for a stroll. Did not end well. Drat. Was hoping that Allah Ahkbar.
The walkabout was nice.
Met Luciana (mine host) by Ovid’s statue 😉
The walkabout took so long that Clemente was open for supper. Coincidence? 😉
Appetizers (vegetable lasagne, caneloni, and stuffed mushroom missing from this picture)……
followed by a mixed grill……
And so to bed.