Purpose and Pepper Quote
Cultural shock and a serious history lesson.
Hello from Naples, Napoli and the city where pizza was invented!
I’m chilling in our boat, overlooking the harbor and the city of Napoli. The view is pretty unreal and so has the experience been after a week in this region. We had a smooth sail coming here, but it was a challenge getting a dock for our boat and pretty hard to get any assistance in the harbors around here. Actually it was pretty interesting because we have been sailing in Italian waters for weeks now, but crossing over to the south of Italy we experienced quite a change. It`s more rugged, and in some ways  it reminds me of coming back to South America, which I love, but that is a little challenging when arriving in a sailboat with little experience on our hands.

The last days we have had our dingy boat stolen for a few hours, we have ended up in some pretty heated arguments with some locals in the harbor, plus some other stuff, BUT that being said it has been an incredible experience to explore Naples and the areas around. Its not always supposed to be a smooth “sail” and we learn so much by traveling this way. That is what our adventure is about and I feel I have experienced more these months than one usually do in  several years.
We ended up anchoring right outside of the city harbor, rented a car and went for some road trips and wow- these areas are incredible! We have hiked the famous volcano Vesuvio, visited archaeological excavations of Pompeii, and discovered the real Napoli and its historic centre with hidden churches, catacombs and a large underground city (wich by the way is a must-see of you are in this city). And, of course we have had pizza- lots and lots of pizza!  Its been a history lesson and an incredible adventure and I feel full.
Here are some pics from the last days♥
 

 

Naples underground. We walked in tight caves, with only a torch and views like this one were the price. This is a must see when in Napoli.

 

POMPEII, It´s impossible to describe this place. It is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization and like an open book it provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city has re-emerged from the darkness of centuries precisely as it would have been when it was unexpectedly buried in the thick layer of ash and lava which poured down from the devastating eruption of Vesuvius. It was sad to see the actual stones shaped as humans and to hear about the tragedy there, but at the same time incredible to be able to “go back in time” that way. We were blown away!

Hiking Mount Vesuvius was incredible. The active Vulcano that drowned Pompeii in ashes over 2000 years ago is still active and it`s hard to comprehend the history it has created.

 To travel back in time like this and then returning to our boat, that are anchored up out here is surreal. I’m focusing on taking it all in these days. What an incredible adventure this is. Tomorrow we are hoisting the sail again, this time heading to Capri, the Amalfi coast and whatever else we stumble upon on our journey. I have never been, and I most definitely have I never sailed there like this, so the butterflies have taken place in my stomach again. Not as many as other times during these months, because this is supposed to be a smooth little sail, but they are there and I love it!
I hope your “Indian Summer” is great!
With Purpose & Pepper 
Camilla
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