Venice, Italy

When you try to imagine yourself seeing Venice (pics) firsthand, you may imagine the Venice you have seen in countless movies or on a postcard or perhaps in a travel publication or website.  It turns out that Venice is exactly as I had imagined it to be.  It completely lives up to all of the images formed through those movies and postcards.

Along the grand canal

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Naples, Pompeii and Amalfi Coast

Our time in Naples (pics) was all too brief.  And the subject of this post encompasses way too much but we’ll give it a try.

Unfortunately, the time we allowed for sightseeing in Naples coincided with rain and in fact during one particular downpour there was pea sized hail included.  According to our reading, Naples has had some difficulty in the recent past with high unemployment resulting in many of their young people leaving for better opportunities elsewhere.  Also, there were some instances of social unrest in the past couple of years.  Perhaps this explains why the city seems a little less cared for with trash strewn about in the streets.  But it seems to be vibrant and economically active.

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