23.09.2016 - 24.09.2016 24 °C
The countryside in Italy is barren, I think due to the heavy cultivation of the land over the years. The trees most prevalent are umbrella pines and cyprus trees. Pigeons are a real nuisance everywhere - and it must be frustrating for the locals to see some tourists feeding them so they can get photographs of them feeding out of their hands etc...
I haven't seen many children on this holiday. I'm not talking about children holidaying but more the children of locals. I looked it up and see Italy's birthrate is the second lowest in the western world. Understandably it's causing concern and the government is providing 'rewards' for couples who have more than one child.
Sorrento sits on top of a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples. The views of the Bay are amazing, so it was a good place to have a pit stop before we changed to 2 small buses to drive down the Amalfi Coast to Positano.
OMG - the Amalfi Coast road, it's not for the faint hearted I can tell you. We hurtled around blind corner after blind corner taking up most of the road - the road is pretty close to being one lane - to squeeze past oncoming vehicles there is often backing up required. Lots of corners had to be maneuvered in three point turns.... There's hardly anything in the way of safety barriers - it's crazy. I just had to put my faith in our driver - he seemed very confident in his driving (hmmmm). At least he wasn't talking on his cell phone while he was driving - that made a nice change!.
As well as dealing with oncoming buses and cars, there were scooters galore, weaving in and out and swerving hectically in front of us at every opportunity - they seem to have their own set of road rules. Added to that, as we neared Positano, the sides of the roads were jam packed with parked cars - apparently there's no parking in the town itself so everyone who works there has to park on the main highway and walk down. Squeezed in to the odd space here and there were stalls selling tourist items too - I don't know how anyone could ever pull over safely where some of the stalls were situated - it would be very dangerous to say the least.
Positano was incredible - one couple from my tour had pre-arranged to stay there and not complete the last day of the Cosmos tour with the rest of us - I thought it was a great idea. It's a town that you could easily spend three days or so snooping around, with it's unique boutiques, eateries and pretty little pebble beach.
Today is my last day on the tour coach. I'm looking forward to being away from all the coughing and sneezing - one of the not so great aspects of doing a coach tour is that bugs seem to get shared around pretty quickly - perhaps due to the air conditioning - I don't know. Anyway, enough of that - I'm getting excited about the next leg of my adventure, I'll be heading to Athens tomorrow :-)