Unfortunately a bout of insomnia hit me last night and I was unable to get to sleep until about 7am meaning I got a grand total of 2 hours sleep. We got up, dressed and checked out by 10.30am.
We caught the train to Naples, which was about 2 hours. We then got a metro train to our stop in the Vesuvius national park. I was happy about our decision not to stay in Naples, I know stations may not be totally representative of a place but it seemed grimy and there were people smoking spliffs on the train.
Our hotel was right by the metro stop which was very handy. Our hotel is a b&b with just two rooms. The room was our biggest yet! It's absolutely huge and even contains 3 beds! It's all very lovely. We even have a little dining table. There is a kitchen with a fridge where we can help ourselves to breakfast in the morning.
Now starving we decided to walk and see if we could get something to eat. It's a small town and it has a singular high street but we were hoping we could get something. Basically every place was closed, we couldn't tell if it was for the summer, for the afternoon and for good. The only place we found was a small supermarket and when we looked around we saw insects crawling around inside the sealed dry pastas and decided to leave it.
We walked back to our hotel, very exhausted and agitated. It looked like our only chance of food was to get a train back to Naples. The train comes once an hour and it wasn't due for another 40 minutes so we went back to the hotel for a bit. My 'chill' day hadn't entirely gone to plan as we were aching, hungry, thirsty and tired.
We made it into Naples (the train back stunk of booze this time) and basically went to the first restaurant we came across. We were surprised at how cheap it was, 5 euro for a main meal and 2 euro for a pint of beer! I got corona and Adam got moretti. We both had bolognese followed by veal with ham and cheese. We then decided to grab a few bits for the evening if we got hungry and some drinks from the newsagent at the station.
Adam summed it up perfectly when he said 'if Rome is like London then Naples is like Luton' haha. Everyone we've seen would look perfectly at home on Bletchley high street.
Our first option of the train home was cancelled and so we had to wait 35 minutes for the next one. The heat felt unreliable. It was 33 but my phone told us the humidity was 82% and that the temperature felt 38 degrees.
On the train on the way back a young lad next to us got his wallet stolen, Adam saw but didn't know what he could do to intervene. However we returned back to our little bit of heaven, our beautiful b&b which is where we'll now spend the evening chilling!