Friday, June 22, 2018

June 22, 1969 Adriatic Sea

We spent most of the day on the Adriatic Sea.  The crossing was uneventful.  We arrived in Patras at 4:10 P.M.  Athens is four hours away by car.  A gentleman and his wife invited us to share a taxi with them.

Arriving late at the hotel we have chosen, we discover that there are no rooms available.  The owner calls a friend and sends us to his hotel, Hotel Adrian.  The Adrian has no rooms, but he does have a sort of closet area where we can sleep until a room is available the next day.  We take it!  It is no wonder I did not write a lot about this day.

The hotel, which is still there, has a rooftop garden and fabulous views of the Parthenon at night.
Thermos assumed (based on copyright claims). [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Expenses are $10.14.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 21, 1969 Travel Day in Italy

On the train this morning to Brindisi, Italy on the east coast.  There we buy our boat tickets and board the boat to Patras, Greece.  We spend the night on the boat, which I well remember.  But from what I can tell in my diary, we must not have sailed until quite late.  Current travel time online says about 16 hours, but I do not remember any fast ferry service back in 1969, so perhaps it took longer than that.  More tomorrow.

My hotel bill for Naples and my boat ticket sets me back $36.28.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 20, 1969 Pompeii, Amalfi Drive, Sorrento

A busy touring day today as we board a bus to see the sights.  Our first stop was Pompeii to see 'more rubble'.  Actually I found it very interesting.  The city was buried by Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
Ruins of Pompeii with the Vesuvius
By ElfQrin [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

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After our visit and history lesson, we drove to Amalfi for lunch.  I do not remember our lunch or anything about Amalfi, but I do remember the drive on the Amalfi Coast road.  Aiye-yi-yi. 

We took the road to Sorrento, which I also don't remember and then back to Naples.  Maybe it is because I had my eyes closed most of the way?  We are worn out and just want to sleep.

Expenses are only $2.40.