Friday, June 5, 2009

From The City Of Lights To The Eternal City: Part IX

Monday, May 25 {Capri}
Pure Beauty

Katey and I said goodbye to Emily and then we headed to the train station.

Took a train to Naples.

From the train station we took a bus to the port where we got on a ferry that took us to Capri.

On the ferry, we took naps and I got a sunburn/tan... so it's all ok.

Katey woke me up right as we were getting into port.

And I'm glad she did because Capri is gorgeous!!

I couldn’t believe it! I am totally loyal to Kawai but I think Capri is more beautiful then the Hawaiian island!

We paid and took a boat tour around the island.

The island is all limestone that is covered with so much green.

The boat ride took us into a few grottos and under a huge arch.

When we got back to port we took another boat that took us to the Blue Grotto.

From there we had to get on rowboats and they took us into the Grotto.

The entrance was so small that we had to lay down in the rowboat so we wouldn’t hit our heads.

True to its name, the inside of the grotto was dark and the water was really blue.

The boat took us back to port were we bought our ticket back to Naples and got out 17th gelato!

Instead of taking the ferry back (which was slow), we took a fast ship back (it took 45 minutes as opposed to 1.25 hours).

On our way back to the train station we got lost. Naples is a little scary but we were fine and eventually found the train station.

We took a train back to Rome where we retired early.
Tuesday, May 26 {Rome, Tivoli}
Today was our last day in Rome!

We checked out of the hostel and left our bags there.

We started the day off by attempting to go to the Bouguese Museum (has Berninis sculptures in it) but you had to have reservations.

I was really sad because I really wanted to see Berninis masterpieces (see below).

We left that area and went over to the train station and got on a train headed for Tivoli.

From the train we saw a really pretty waterfall and the scenery was gorgeous!

We walked around Tivoli and went into one of the vilas to see the fountains.

The water is all from fresh water springs so don't worry!

When we got back to Rome we went to St Peters Square to watch the sun set.

To end our trip we ate the best gelato ever (#20)! It was a really rich chocolate with nuts and it was delicious!

Katey and I went to the Panthenon and sat on the steps and discussed how successful the trip was.

We watched a mime for a while (he was hilarious) and then went to pick up our bags from the Yellow Hostel.

From there we went to our new hostel.

It was a little shady... but nothing to worry about.

We got in after midnight, took showers, and went to bed.
Wednesday. May 27 {Home}
Con te partirĂ²

Got up really early and left the hostel.

Took a train to the airport.

Katey was supposed to fly from Rome to JFK but she took my flight instead and we both went to Atlanta.

Here we got Starbucks and then went our separate ways.

I flew from Atlanta to SLC where Uncle Reed picked me up (thanks again!).

I called my mom and she gave me play-by-play action of the last 5 minutes of the Laker game (they won!).
Thanks Katey and Emily for backpacking with me! It was a great experience and I love you both tons!

1 comment:

Lauren Jayne said...

Okay prepare yourself, I finally have the time to comment on all your Europe posts!!

Capri is so gorgeous! I have to admit that I got irrationally nervous when we got on the row boats to go inside the blue grotto, it was weird! Of course it was incredible inside though!

The Borghese Gallery was awesome, it is such a shame that you were not able to get into to see the Bernini sculptures because they are so incredible. Tivoli though, I am super jealous about that one. I really wanted to see the ruins of Hadrian's villa there.