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Friday, September 30, 2016

Napoli (Naples)

Aloha Everyone,

We took an express train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale. Due to an hour delay in Roma, our journey lasted a little over two hours. But this is Italy and everyone is happy as long as the train arrives safely.

Napoli is located on the Bay of Naples in southern Italy. Compared to Rome, this is a poor country cousin, but its attraction is Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano. Pompeii and other Roman towns that were buried in volcanic ashes from the August 79 AD eruption are also the big draw for tourism.

This afternoon, we went to look for a laundromat near our hotel. Typically many business establishments in Italy close between 1:00 to 4:00 pm for lunch and siesta. We went back at4:00 when the laundromat reopened. We dropped off our laundry and an hour later went to pick up clean clothes. Seeing the kind proprietor beginning to fold our clothes for us, J.J and I jokingly said to each other that we should have returned 1/2 hour late. We gave him €10 for 16 pounds of clothes washed and dried inclusive of soap, fabric softener and tip.

Our 6th floor room in the Hotel Garden Napoli has a balcony from where we can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the city -- all the way to the Bay of Napoli. This balcony is an enchanting place and the longer I sit there the more I see things for me to sketch.

Aloha -- Cathi