Wednesday 11 May 2016

Discover Napoli, Sorrento, Capri, Mount Vesuvius and Pompei.

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."-Anita Desai.

When I read this quote I thought about all the experiences I have had since moving abroad. It's very true and I know these experiences have changed me greatly as a person. 
Recently I went on a four day trip with ESN. ESN are a Erasmus organisation who bring Erasmus students together and have the possibility to do fun things. So they organised this trip for a total of €160! Complete bargain, so I went for it!

We went to Napoli, Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento, Capri and Pompei.


When we got to Napoli we had a small tour of the city as well as a lunch break, so of course when in Napoli one MUST eat pizza. If you don't know, Pizza is from Napoli! 
To be completely honest, Napoli is probably my least favourite city of Italy that i've been in so far. Sorry to cause offence but I just didn't like it. Too caotic! Good pizza though.


When we reached Sorrento I thought I had reached paradise. It was so beautiful, I had never seen a city so beautiful. Definitely a holiday destination in the future. We didn't have long here which was a downside (and also the downside to programmed trips) but we had enough time to explore and take pictures. Here are some shots I got up high of the gotgeous harbour. Notice the cliffs, Sorrento is up high too so we had to walk down tonnes of steps to get to one of the beaches. We also DIED walking back up! 
Outfit details: Dungaree dress- Boohoo. Crop Top: Penneys/Primark.


Top: Boohoo
Shorts: Primark
Jumper: H&m
Bagpack: Daisy Street from Asos

Did you just die and go to heaven while looking at those pictures? Because that's what happened when we got to this island. I thought Sorrento was beautiful, but when I got to Capri, I thought I had seen the most beautiful place in the world. When we arrived (we got a boat from the harbour of Napoli to Capri) we went on a boat tour around the island. For only €10 extra I was definitely not missing out on an opportunity of a lifetime! We saw part of the Blue Grotto (which is the picture of the crystal blue water) and we also got to drive through the Lovers Arch. The sights were incredibile. When we got off the boat I bumped into my old secondary school and my old teachers!! It was amazing to see them so big big shout out to the Pres in Tuam! It really is a small world. 
We then got a tour of the island before heading to the beach. To get to the centre of Capri we had to take a lift to the top because it's situated up very high amongst the cliffs. 
Overall Capri was the highlight of my trip. I will definitely be returning.

Mount Vesuvius 

There's me on the top of Mount Vesuvius at the crater (it's HUGE by the way). We got a bus to a certain part then we walked about 40 minutes up. Yes I did it in sandals and yes I regret it.
When I got to the summit I noticed smoke coming out of crevices in the crater. It scared me a bit I have to admit as the Volcano is still active. But when I asked, the guide told me its actually the steam from water that goes through the cracks, it's heated from the lava below. This made me a tiny bit less nervous. But it's still magnificent. That's one volcano ticked off the bucket list!
Outfit details: Jumper-Mango. Dungaree dress-Boohoo. Sandals-Penneys/Primark.


Last but not least, Pompei. Pompei is incredibile. They say it would take two days to see the whole city. We saw only a small part. We saw the way of life these people had back then. The tiles on some of the floors still intact, paintings and murals on the wall still have it's colour! I loved learning about everything. They also showed us the people who died and were perfectly preserved. One a baby lying down, another seemed to be an adult crouched on the ground looking petrified and another, a dog. It broke my heart. It was sad to know that not only did they die from the 500 degree lava but also the poisonous gas that was released with it. That even if people got away from the ash, the lava etc. they couldn't get away from the gas. 

Overall I am so glad I went on this trip, the only thing I don't like about organised trips is that I can't do what I would like, or see more than what I would like to see. So in the future I will probably organise my own trips like I have always done. But it was great to go with such a great group!

Until next time..


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