25.07.2011 28 °C
Saturday 23rd July 2011
Ciao Positano ritorniamo a Roma.
Goodbye Positano,we return to Roma.
Rainy start to the day,not a problem we were returning to Rome today,so no morning coffee on the terrace, it was indoors but we still had a lovely vista of the sea. Breakfast completed,bags packed last check of the apartment,settled our account and bid our goodbyes to Paul and Lucia.
We walked up to the top of the street and caught the Interno Positano bus which gave us our last spin around the town. Dropped at the Sita Fermata,bought our One Way tickets at the Bar Internationalzione (no scams today) and sat on the concrete ledge street side waiting for the Sorrento bus. Whilst the wait was 1/2 hour we were entertained by 2 female traffic police on foot directing the traffic by communicating either by; blowing their whistle,hand gestures,using a small lollipop stick or facial expressions. As onlookers it made no sense to us, but the traffic flowed in an orderly manner. We knew when motorists did the wrong thing by the officer's facial expressions or a quick note in their book. Occasionally they stopped in the middle of the street to chat to the locals with Nonnas enjoying a lengthy chat oblivious to the organize chaos around.
10.30am our bus arrived and we had front row seats. We experienced 1st hand each blind corner,hairpin bend and how close the bus regularly came the edge a quick drop to the bottom. The driver took the opportunity to make a phone call whilst managing all this. It seems these bus drivers are multi skilled and whilst it is a little unsettling to see this for the first time,this is an daily occurrence here.
Reaching Sorrento we thanked the driver and stood in line at the train station to buy tickets to Napoli.No hassles this time,jumped on the already crowded,standing room only. The journey took 1 hour it was all stops to Napoli.Having only 1.5 hour wait there was no time to go into Napoli ,so our taste of Napoli is only from the train station. Whilst Napoli is experiencing a 'garbage worker' strike and so the city is drowning in rubbish,there were motorized sweepers at the station keeping the place tidy.
We boarded our train and like Wednesday it was full lucky for us we got on early. No passenger antics to entertain us we took the opportunity to have a siesta. Before we knew it we were on the Metro traveling back to our apartment.
Sam and Kate we were there to greet us and were keen to hear of our time in Positano and any adventures that no other guest seem to have. Back in our original apartment of night 1&2 quickly unpacked,dinner and drinks out tonight cause the pantry and liquor cabinet are bare! The local pizzeria was recommended as good meals at a fair price and when it arrived there was enough food for 6 people, beer and wine for €35 cheap for Rome. We actually appreciated the walk back to the apartment to settle some of the food.