Took a holiday in Naples. No Girl B this time: she doesn't have much holiday time left.
Booked five full days which proved to be a mistake. The guidebook oversold the indoor attractions a bit, and bad weather and transport problems meant I couldn't get out and enjoy the countryside. Thought about flying back early but got misled by weather forecasts of airport-threatening snow in London, and sunshine in Naples, neither of which showed up.<p> Even so enjoyed some of it. The good side of out-of-season travel is that things are very quiet. The museums were quiet: found the busts of stoic philosophers Zeno and Chryssipus I was looking for. At Pompeii and Herculaneum was able to wander the streets and even sit in the amphitheatres without another tourist in sight.
Also had some very good food: was staying in the Spanish Quarter near lots of tiny local restaurants and pizzerias.
Downsides: hotel Il Convento was pretty noisy with honking scooters till late and convent bells from early, though they thoughtfully provide daily earplugs. Also to get to most places had to trudge along via Toledo which is roughly the Neopolitan Oxford Street, and got quite wearing after a while. Nice old wooden doors and fittings though, it's in an old palazzo.
Overall, I'd say Naples is good for a couple of days in winter, probably longer in summer. Lessons for the future: when you start to get bored/stressed on holiday, jump on the next flight home.
Pics here but I'm not very happy with them. Contemplating getting an SLR sometime, the low light levels on cloudy days would have made a bigger aperture more help,
After a couple of days back in town, tomorrow going back to see the parents for the holidays. Girl B is also off to see her mother in Germany till 8th January, so we're going to be apart for a while. Hopefully she won't dump me for some Teutonic hunk in the meantime.
About 2/3 through "Infinite Jest" now, but haven't finished anything since last time. I'll probably have more time over the holidays though, not many distractions there.
Sci/Tech. Selfless rodents.
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