Night location: Capri, Italy
A Muse of the day: Boarding our bus to Anacapri required queuing in a long line and then after checking that four more could fit on, we became very well acquainted with the many other turismos already on board. We were among the last to get on leaving many waiting for the next bus. Two minutes after our departure, the bus stopped and a line of 8 loud Americans proceeded to get on the already full bus. The bus driver kept shouting, "Move to the back! Move to the back!" We were already at the back. To add insult to injury, they had forced their way on to the bus and did not know where they were going.
The alarm went off very early this morning. Amber is very grateful that she has a travelling companion or else she would still be in Palermo! Once again we had a fast Sicilian driver to get us to the airport. Palermo airport was eventful for three reasons. Firstly, Gemma somehow became separated from the group during the security screening. Her boarding pass was with Amber and so upon reaching the front of the queue was advised she could not proceed. Gemma declared that she would just wait until her sister arrived, which she did.
Secondly, after this narrow escape, it was decided that a strong coffee was in order. Sitting down at a cafe we were advised upon ordering that the coffee machine was broken. After some Italian words were spoken, this declaration was changed to "5 minuto," which we were happy to wait.
Finally, we were distracted by a phone call to Dad and therefore missed the announcement that our plane was boarding. Arriving at our gate we were shocked to see that there was no line and behind the glass doors was a full bus waiting.
The remainder of the transit to Capri went very smoothly. This being our third visit we effortlessly negotiated the taxi, ferry, and then funicular to the lemon granita stand in the central piazza of Capri. Compared with La Tosca, Hotel Syrene was easy to find, only requiring one left hand turn. After dropping our bags we immediately set off to Anacapri for lunch.
As this is Gareth's first visit to Capri, we felt that we needed to share the experience of the chair lift up Mount Solaro (589 meters above sea level). Once again the single chairs dangling from a cable gave Gemma a thrill. The view however, during the ascent as well as at the top was spectacular. Today was an exceptionally clear day in this region. Vesuvius could be clearly seen along with Naples and the Amalfi Coastline.
Tonight we plan to return to our favourite restaurant, Aurora. It's so nice to be back in Capri!