Friday, April 29, 2016

Exploring Naples

After our night at the ball, all of us were tired and no one really protested sleeping in the next day.  Originally, we planned on going to Capri since it's a short ferry ride away, but since we got a late start, that plan was nixed and we decided on exploring Naples a little bit more.  

On our way to lunch, we saw a stage and people were tango dancing! So fun!

We wandered around looking for lunch for what seemed like forever and finally found a pizza place.  It was kind of a hole in the wall place, which almost guarantees that it will be good.  I got a ham, rocket and mozzarella pizza, Karen got eggplant, and Mike got pizza Diavola, which is a bunch of spicy meat.  YUM!

Karen's eggplant pizza

Once we were fed, we were feeling a little more energized and ready to do some sight seeing.   Our first stop was the castle.  We passed by this the previous day and, although we didn't go all the way in, we checked out the courtyard and the entrance way which is basically all you really need to see apparently.

We went into the shopping mall. Almost everything was closed because it was Sunday, the building itself is stunning.

They even have the different horoscope symbols on the floor in mosaics, so of course we all found ours.  Shout out to the sagittariuses of the world!

Karen's Pisces

And then we wandered some more....

We found the main square, Piazza Plebiscito. I love finding these types of places because that's where the people are.  We saw little kids playing soccer (sorry, I mean football), parents chatting and lots of people out and about. 

After a little bit of wandering, we decided it was time for our daily gelato break.

Scott with his gelato

We wandered along the water for a while. The waterfront is beautiful and it was nice to just walk and wander for a while.  One thing I love about travelling is how much time you spend outdoors, even if it's just walking from point A to point B.

Scott found out that Karen had been in Italy for four days and hadn't had a cappuccino, so we had to remedy that.  Karen fell in love immediately.  

By this time, it was time for Aperitivo so we had to oblige.

Streets like this are why Naples gets called dirty.   Just not that appealing.

Scott had to leave to get some things done before the week started and Karen, Mike and I were pretty tired, so we parted ways and headed home for a nap.  Some people might judge me for napping while on vacation, but travelling is a marathon not a sprint and you have to rest to make it worthwhile.  After a nap, Mike, Karen and I headed out for dinner.  

Walking to the restaurant allowed us to see the city at night, which always gives a different perspective.  I'm not a night owl by any means, but there's something about nighttime that is more peaceful and I love it.

This restaurant was pretty high up on TripAdvisor and it didn't disappoint.

Scott told us to get bruscetta and let. me. tell. you. it didn't disappoint.

This was our last day in Naples and it was great. We got to hang out with Mike's friend Scott who is a blast, see the city and eat great food.  What more can you ask for?