Thanks Mom and Dad!
Hi Everyone! In Naples we made daytrips to see the ruins of Pompeii and the island of Capri. The day we made the trip to Pompeii seemed to be the hotest day of our trip. The trip wasn't all that we expected. We had a preconcieved notion that everyday life was captured in time. The site is mostly ruins of the city. All of the artifacts were removed and taken to the museum in Naples. We did however see a storage area of some of the collections unearthed including a couple of dead bodies and pottery. We took a hydrofoil to Capri which was very expensive and bumpy but was very fast. Our goal on the island for the day was to see the Blue Grotto. To get to the grotto, we first had to go up, up, up to Anacapri. From Anacapri, we decided to be adventurious and walk down to the Blue Grotto. The road down to the grotto was steep, with a lot of blind curves, and not the best road to walk on. On the hike down, we discovered some limestone stairs going down the hill, so we took the stairs thinking they would take us to the Blue Grotto. Instead, the stairs took us to a trail along the ocean. We walked along the trail seeing cliffs, billy goats (much to Nate's excitement), a very nice lookout point, a cave, and lots of beautiful ocean. Our sidetrip did eventually take us to our original destination of the grotta azzura (blue grotto). Our walk had eaten up so much time, that the tide had risen up too high for the boats to fit through the opening into the grotto. After Kristina held Nate back from jumping in the Medetaranian Sea and swimming in on his own, we bought postcards featuring the pictures of the grotto, so we know what it looks like and can feel that we went inside. We ended up taking the bus back up the hill instead of walking and just kinda sat around the rest of the day. Capris was extremely beautiful. Love you all! Nate and Kristina