Dear Family and Friends,

After a relaxing day at sea we stopped off at a Greek island named Mykonos… A more picturesque example of a Greek isle would be hard to find… It looks like something from every travel brochure about Greece ever made. Basically a barren rock dotted with typical Greek white buildings with colorful doors and windows, very narrow winding tiny streets, boutiques, and fabulous Greek restaurants!
Thankfully it was not a large town and we could take the day easy just shopping, walking round, drinking coffee, reading a book, and drinking lots of wine…
The only cars in the city were micro cars like a SMART car, but even with cars that small only one could go down the street at a time. An even then all the pedestrians had to go into the shops to make enough room for the car to pass!!
For dinner we went to a restaurant that was a typical Greek cafe by the water. The owner/waiter was something out of a comedy skit from SNL! He would come over, start talking to us and then mid sentence wander off to do something else or to talk to someone else, or to sing a Greek song.. Then he came back and asked for our order, but before we could move our lips he exclaimed he loves Italians and hates Americans because Italians know what they want and order it fast… then he walked away again. Finally he came back a third time to take our order and as we started telling him or order he told us to SLOW down because he could not take the order that fast.. And we weren’t talking fast… As we told him what we wanted towards the end he cut us off and told us we were ordering too much and walked away… We would have been insulted but honestly we just started to laugh at the comedy in it. I believe the man had the worse case of ADD I have ever seen. Anyways the food was terrific and after dinner we had a beautiful walk along the coast back to the ship and sailed off to Naples…

After sailing all night we awoke to docking in the Naples harbor. I didn’t know what to expect since I did  not know much about Naples. We went on an organized tour which in general I am not fond of but with limited time and not knowing where to go it was a good move.
First our tour bus took us down the coast to what they call the Amalfi Coast. Absolutely stunning beauty! Imagine Highway 1 along the California coast with picture perfect coasting villages.. We stopped at a hand made furniture store, then down to Positano and briefly stopped for photos and to do some brief shopping. I purchase a popular cooking spice here called “VIAGRA”.. I will let you know how good it is…..

From there we returned to Soronto and spent a couple of hours there. First we went to lunch and had some pizza and wine.
Bonnie and I decided to to share a small bottle of wine with our lunch. Well apparently the wine was a bit stronger than we expected. After a glass or two Bonnie got a bit frisky and set her wine glass down so hard it shattered on the table! We all laughed and the waiter promptly brought her another glass and filled it. Bonnie drank a few sips and set that glass down, and amazingly it shattered too! She was so embarrassed she promptly left the restaurant and I was left to explain to the waiter their glasses were to fragile… Of course no one else if the place broke a single glass… 🙂
After lunch we walked around this charming town for an hour and did a little shopping. 

From there we took the bus to Pompie to view the famous ruins. I was totally overwhelmed with the beauty and grandeur of this place. I was expecting a few ruins and petrified bodies and that would be it….
This city was big! They have only uncovered about 20% and you could still not see it all. I thought it was on Mt. Vesuvius but actually it is in the center of Naples. Right now it is about 3 miles from the sea but when it was built 2300 years ago it was right on the water!
This was a Roman city and it is a marvel for its age… Beautiful streets, buildings, markets, theaters, running water, brothrels, and government buildings… Because the city was never hit by hot lava, it was only buried in ash so it was amazingly well preserved. Many parts look just like the day it was built. Please go to my blog see it all.
When the volcano erupted there were actually two eruptions… When the first one happened about 70% of the population left so they all survived. The next eruption happened that evening when the people that stayed were asleep. By the time they figured out what was happening the ash was so thick they could not breath or run and died right on the spot. 
Lava actually went down the other side of the mountain and complete vaporized another town, but Pompie never say lava, only the dust and gravel falling from the air.
That is why it is preserved like time stopped.
IF you are like me you have seen the so called “bodies” that died right on the spot and petrified… That is not what you see.. The city and bodies were buried from 300AD to about 1850AD. The city was accidentally discovered by a workers building a water aqueduct ! A German archeologist came in and did the original excavation. What he figured out was to drill holes into the ground and fill them with plaster and let the plaster harden. What you see are the plaster molds of the holes left in the ground by bodies that long ago decayed…  He did this process over 500 times to get just 40-50 good castings.. That is dedication.
Some of the expressions of the molds are really haunting.
By the end of the day we stumbled back to the ship and spent the evening resting up for an even bigger day in Rome tomorrow!
Until the next report signing off….

A typical sunset at sea…

See how relaxed Bonnie is?? That is Greek wine at work… 🙂

Lots of beautiful streets to explore and shop..

Here are photos of Mykonos…

Good bye to the Greek island of Mykonos..
Welcome to Naples, Italy!

The bay of Naples. In the back ground are two volcanos about 3000-4000 feet high. When Visouvious erupted and burried Pompie this was on mountain 9000 fit high and Pomopie was on the coast. Afterwards it was two small mountains and the coast is not 3 miles away from Pompie..

The view down the coast as we tour along the coast.

Add caption

OK I would really like to be riding my motorcycle down this road!!!

We stopped off at this hand made furniture store with beautiful inlayed wood patterns.

Music boxes too…

What a table! Old world craftsmanship is still alive..

This picture is all done with inlayed wood..

A private island restored where only the richest rich go…

Even from here we could clearly see the bottom of the sea..

Will try cooking with this when I get home.. Will have a full blog report with photos to let you know how good it is…

Welcome to Soronto..

Our tour bus guide. Totally Italian, funny, and charming..:)

Time to enjoy lunch..

Pizza and wine..mmmmmmmm!

Time for wine!

One glass down,,,,

Two glasses down… Sir your glass is defective.,,, honestly.

An old Italian man enjoying old world Italy…

Soronto Opera House.

Soronto is known for Cameo jewelry…

Now for a visit to the Pompie ruins.

At Pompie this was our guide.. A professional archeologist that really wanted to be a comedian! Very funny man.

This was a gladiator training ground.

As far as the eye can see the city of Pompie goes, and this is only about 20% of the original Roman city.

A Roman concert hall.

This was originally a store in the shopping “District”. Notice the grooves in the front stones on the ground? This were for sliding doors of the shop!! Built around 200BC.

Pompie with what is left of Vasouvious in the background.

Shopping district.

This is a sign for a local pharmacy selling condoms for the brothel next door…. 2000 years ago..

House of Female Company..

These paintings above each room displays what “Services” are offered in this room.

Nothing says “SEXY” like a stone bed…

A drinking fountain. The worn sections on each side are from hands leaning over and drinking for centuries..

A Large Roman street..
I will let your imagination tell you what this is. Is is carved into the street in front of various houses. It tells two things… The wealth and status of the homes owner, and which direction to go to find the local brothel…

A very wealthy private homes.. Mosaic floor, fountain in the entry way, indoor plumbing, kitchen and several bedrooms..


This square is the FORUM, basically a shopping mall

On the right is a “Super Market” where you could buy any kind of food..

The big columns on the left was the slave market.. Common in the Roman times..

Beautiful lettering carved in stone.

This was one of the walls in the Super Market advertising different foods for sale,,,, milk, meat, fish, fruits, etc.

One of the plaster casts.

More Signs..

Because Pompie was a trading city these signs were so people from all over the world that did not speak laying could understand. This is a transport company.

Because there was no lava most of the every day life fixtures survived. Here they keep them under lock and key.

This poor pregnant women died right were she fell. You can almost see the anguish in her expression.

This man died while asleep. Probably the best way to go.

Those Romans knew how to enjoy themselves….

Previous articleTwo Helpings of Turkey!
Next article

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/thefanc8/public_html/ on line 1008


  1. It’s really a cool and helpful piece of info. I am glad that you just shared this helpful info with us.
    Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hey there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering
    which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options
    for another platform. I would be fantastic if you could point me in the
    direction of a good platform.

  3. Thank you for any other excellent post. Where else
    may anybody get that type of info in such a perfect
    way of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I’m on the look for such

  4. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google,
    and found that it is really informative. I’m going to watch out for
    brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future.
    Many people will be benefited from your writing.

  5. viagra pills viagra coupons 75% off
    viagra without doctor prescription
    [url=]chrissy teigen legend viagra[/url] on line pharmacy side effects for cialis real cialis without a doctor prescription
    female viagra
    [url=]best liquid cialis[/url] pfizer viagra coupons from pfizer canada drugs online reviews purchasing cialis on the internet
    buy viagra online
    [url=]cialis headaches afterwards[/url] viagra help

  6. legitimate canadian pharmacy cialis 20 image
    cialis without a doctor’s prescription
    [url=]daily use of cialis[/url] viagra canadian pharmacy viagra canada viagra price
    viagra online
    [url=]viagra cost per pill[/url] п»їviagra cialis vs viagra when will viagra become generic
    trial samples of viagra
    [url=]generic viagra india 100mg[/url] how to take viagra for maximum effect

  7. free cialis medication for providers nose congested when taking cialis
    real cialis online with paypal
    [url=]generic cialis tadalafil[/url] viagra erection after ejaculation viagra coupon cost of viagra
    women viagra
    [url=]viagra effects[/url] п»їcanadian pharmacy online walmart online pharmacy cialis side effects
    viagra canada
    [url=]high blood pressure and cialis[/url] cheapest cialis web prices

  8. cialis generic daily use of cialis
    [url=]cheapest pharmacy[/url] cialis vs viagra where to bay cialis (tadalafil) pills 80mg viagra effects
    is cialis generic available
    [url=]24 hour pharmacy[/url] canadian pharmacy discount code viagra substitute over counter viagra vs cialis
    viagra boner
    [url=]viagra prescriptions over internet[/url] canadian drug stores

  9. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic however ,
    I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog article
    or vice-versa? My blog addresses a lot of the same subjects as
    yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from
    each other. If you are interested feel free
    to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the way!

  10. over counter viagra walgreens viagra 100mg
    viagra single packs
    [url=]how long does viagra last[/url] generic viagra available how to take viagra for maximum effect best liquid cialis
    how long does it take for viagra to work
    [url=]cialis 20 mg[/url] canadian pharmacy ratings cialis pills for sale cialis 20 mg best price
    viagra online pharmacy
    [url=]liquid cialis source reviews[/url] generic viagra 100mg

  11. tops pharmacy canadian pharmacy viagra
    legitimate canadian pharmacy online
    [url=]certified canadian international pharmacy[/url] buy viagra online how does viagra work trial samples of viagra
    online viagra
    [url=]viagra generic availability[/url] canadian pharmacy king reviews how much does cialis cost at walmart canadian world pharmacy
    nose congested when taking cialis
    [url=]tiujana cialis[/url] cialis for daily use

  12. cheapest pharmacy indian pharmacy
    viagra single packs
    [url=]100 mg viagra lowest price[/url] 24 hour pharmacy near me viagra cost per pill sildenafil citrate generic viagra 100mg
    how long for viagra to take effect
    [url=]viagra online pharmacy[/url] cialis lowest price viagra without a doctor prescription cheap viagra
    generic viagra available in usa
    [url=]female viagra pills[/url] 30ml liquid cialis

  13. cialis 20 mg best price what helps viagra work better
    best canadian pharmacy for cialis
    [url=]is canadian pharmacy legit[/url] viagra cost buy viagra viagra canada
    what does viagra do
    [url=]pfizer generic viagra[/url] canada pharmacy cialis generic availability cialis maximum dosage
    when to take viagra
    [url=]low cost cialis[/url] pharmacy rx

  14. best price 100mg generic viagra cheapest viagra
    revatio vs viagra
    [url=]viagra prices[/url] average price cialis generic cialis cialis 20 mg best price
    which is better – cialis or viagra
    [url=]cialis generic[/url] fastest delivery of cialis buying online what is viagra canadian pharmacy for viagra
    cialis maximum dosage
    [url=]cialis vs levitra[/url] generic viagra available in usa

  15. constantly county generic viagra sales pretty dark moreover channel generic
    viagra sales bright mountain therefore meaning generic viagra sales
    nowhere turn [url=]discount
    viagra[/url] roughly affect generic viagra without subscription walmart too manufacturer

  16. You could definitely see your expertise within the work you write.
    The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they
    believe. All the time follow your heart.

  17. pfizer generic viagra otc viagra
    ed pills that work better than viagra
    [url=]hims viagra[/url] cialis money order female viagra pills female viagra pills
    viagra generic availability
    [url=]viagra for men[/url] online canadian pharmacy cost of viagra 100mg how long does viagra last
    viagra vs cialis
    [url=]cost of viagra[/url] canadian pharmacy generic levitra

  18. Because of this with this important role, buy viagra online pharmacy state pharmacy boards are placing higher strain and infrequently actually require pharmacy technicians to acquire certified. Viagra is among the most common counterfeit medicine coming into Kenya, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board has mentioned. Geoff Cook, a spokesman for Pfizer Inc., the makers of Viagra, has stated, “We were opposed to be recreational use of Viagra from day one.” He said Viagra is marketed for males 40 and older who have erectile difficulties.


  20. consorcio de carros usados volkswagen consorcio de carros honda consorcio de carros usados honda consorcio de carros semi novos honda consorcio caixa veiculos simulacao consorcio bradesco veiculos segunda via boleto consorcio santander veiculos usados simulacao de consorcio de carros bradesco consorcio de carros mais barato consorcio de carros chevrolet onix.\r\

  21. My spouse and I stumbled over here different website and thought
    I should check things out. I like what I see
    so now i am following you. Look forward to looking over your web page again.

  22. Hello! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa?
    My website covers a lot of the same subjects as yours and
    I feel we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be
    interested feel free to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Wonderful blog by the way!

  23. Another important precaution that you need to take is procuring your medicine from the right place. Enhancement medicine just like generic Viagra can help a male attain erection if the situation calls for it. Generic Cialis can be of different color and shape but the main ingredient is the same. Cialis 40 mg can interact with other substances being ingested. – buy cialis and viagra

  24. [url=]metformin 500 mg[/url] [url=]lisinopril 2[/url] [url=]buy furosemide[/url] [url=]fluoxetine 20 mg tablet price[/url] [url=]doxycycline 40 mg generic cost[/url] [url=]generic prednisone over the counter[/url] [url=]avodart[/url] [url=]avodart soft capsules 0.5mg[/url] [url=]vardenafil online india[/url] [url=]clomid online[/url]

  25. 膷esk茅 zimn铆 boty

    weights variety in dorkinggithub micode xiaomi kernel opensource xiaomi mobileunique shiny heart shaped sand phone case from craftonlinenespresso chooses jd logistics for doorstep recycling

  26. old do u have buy viagra [url=]best place buy cialis online forum[/url] can you cut cialis pills

  27. [url=]tetracycline 500mg[/url] [url=]zithromax prescription cost[/url] [url=]buy motilium[/url] [url=]azithromycin 1mg[/url] [url=]can you buy ventolin over the counter uk[/url] [url=]generic levitra from canada[/url] [url=]stromectol price us[/url] [url=]albuterol canada[/url] [url=]how to buy propecia online[/url] [url=]levitra 20mg for sale[/url] [url=]lisinopril brand[/url] [url=]lexapro 10 mg[/url] [url=]propecia 5mg cost[/url] [url=]can you buy doxycycline over the counter usa[/url] [url=]fluoxetine 22mg[/url] [url=]prednisolone 5mg[/url] [url=]colchicine 0.6 mg[/url] [url=]sildenafil 100[/url] [url=]lisinopril hctz[/url] [url=]metformin 590 mg[/url]

  28. order cialis with paypal [url=]cialis buy over counter[/url] cheapest cialis in australia

  29. buy viagra capsules [url=]buy cialis united states[/url] cialis film coated tablets tadalafil

  30. Whats up very nice site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Superb ..
    I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also?

    I’m happy to search out a lot of useful information right here within the publish,
    we need develop extra techniques on this regard, thanks
    for sharing. . . . . .

  31. viagra sale boots pharmacy [url=]ok split cialis pills[/url] buy cialis with no prescription

  32. is it legal to order cialis online [url=]viagra super force 100 mg 60 mg pills[/url] viagra wholesale

  33. can you cut cialis pills [url=]cheap-generic-viagra erfahrung[/url] cheap cialis generic online

  34. buy viagra capsules buy cialis canada paypal viagra buy in canada
    levitra for sale no prescription [url=]where to buy viagra in vancouver[/url] cheap viagra with mastercard

  35. buy levitra vardenafil [url=]purchase cheap cialis soft tabs[/url] can you buy viagra chemist

  36. buy levitra online no prescription [url=]can you buy generic cialis usa[/url] buy cheap cialis super active

  37. buy real viagra no prescription [url=]cheap viagra no prescription needed[/url] walmart viagra