Last week Cliff and I popped over to Italy to explore some places around the Bay of Naples . . .
. . . and enjoy some local cuisine
we explored the ancient streets of Pompeii . . .
were blown away by the frecoes at Oplontis and Herculaneum . . .
the skilful decorative brushwork . . .
the observations from nature . . .
as lively as the finches that twitter and flutter over the ruins today
we walked on 2000 year old floors that would look great in an interior today
the brooding presence of Versuvius was always within sight . . . a violent thunder storm raged around us as we stood where Pliny had watched the eruption in AD79
we ventured into Naples – down narrow streets like deep gorges surging with a mix of sharp modernity, decaying grandeur and an undercurrent of menace
and there in Naples I discovered the delight of a crispy, custardy, lemony sweet Sfogliatella
we stayed in a beautiful old town house
a place for tired feet at the end of each day
and almost next door to the best Gelataria we've ever found . . . the flavours we tried (six!) were superb, this one is quite possibly the best pistachio ice-cream in the whole world – it may not green (because it doesn't contain any artificial colourings) but it tastes sublime!
six days was enough to recharge the batteries