October 2018

A quiet start to the month, we sort of remembered our wedding anniversary this year. But the main event is

The Naples Trip

Sunday

03:00 the alarm went off, quick cup of coffee and a drive to the airport saw us comfortably parked and checked in by 05:00. Time for a bite of breakfast before boarding the plane. An uneventful flight saw us in Naples by 11:00, local time. We took a taxi to the apartment and agreed we didn't need to hire a car whilst here. We found the apartment, eventually. Got settled in, went for a walk, got supplies for breakfast then had some lunch. A siesta was needed before going for another walk before dinner. We decided on an early night.

Monday

A nice slow start to the day after a good nights sleep before setting out to explore some more. We got our tickets for the open top tour bus and the bus to Pompeii. We also looked at ferries and trains.
We had lunch back at the apartment before setting our for a museum but got sidetracked by an underground tour, fascinating. There were layers of Greek, Roman, medievalal and modern buildings.
We were going to jump on the tour bus for a quick tour but the top deck was full and then the last bus didn't stop! Never mind we went for dinner instead. We found a small trattoria that served excellent food with good service and a reasonable price.

Tuesday

A leisurely start saw us walk up to catch the tour bus. Very good, well organised and easy to jump on and off. The coastal tour was very scenic. Lunch was 1/2 kilo of mozarella with bread and tomatoes, very tasty. We have booked our ferry to an island for Friday. Dinner, which was very nice, was followed by dessert at a different location!

Wednesday

Pompeii - Wow! We were overwhelmed by the size of the place. It was amazing, such a snapshot of Roman existence. You need more than a day to really explore it all. There is still some original lead piping visible in the ground. The frescoes were just as vibrant as they were 2000 years ago.
Dinner, in a restaurant of Euan's choosing, was very good. Ordering food can be a bit haphazard but tonight was a triumph. We got a take away dessert from a patisserie to bring home. Euan doesn't like rum soaked sponge!

Thursday

A more relaxing day today, visiting the Capodimonte museum, another wow! Huge palatial rooms and an impressive armoury with a huge collection of paintings upstairs. We also found the pizza fritte, fried pizza, shop but it didn't start frying until 6pm.
The first choice of venue for dinner was fully booked so we went next door. Daddy had lingue with scampi, not realising he would have shell the scampi himself. Very messy but very tasty. Dessert, at a different cafe, was accompanied by a limoncello, very nice way to end the evening.

Friday

A trip out to Ischia today. We had booked the 10am ferry. We had to check in at least an hour before to get the boarding cards. We were early enough to catch the earlier ferry!
Ischia must mean island of cats because we saw lots including one being transported to the island. The island is quite quaint and has some nice beaches. Euan and John went for a swim whilst Wendy rested on the the beach. We tried the buses to get around the island and it confirmed our decision not to use them in Naples. The return ferry trip was very plesant with a nice sunset as we arrived back in Naples.
We found the pizza fritte place again and had a deep fried pizza each, very tasty.

Saturday

Freedom! Today we split up, Wendy went to the archaeological museum whilst Euan and John sampled the delights of the Naples metro system and funicular railways. We got to the top of Castle of St Elmo with spectacular views across Naples including the airport. We spent half an hour watching planes landing and taking off. The Naples metro is very stunning with artistic displays decorating the walls and ceilings.
Dinner saw us return to the trattoria we found on Monday, another excellent meal. A final ice cream for Euan on the way home for an early night.

September 2018

We started the month by buying a hedge trimmer - the hedge was getting out of hand and looked increasingly scruffy once next door had trimmed their side. We gave the Dundee festival a miss this year but rugby training and cycling kept us busy. The lawnmower was put in for a service but was condemned so we need a new one for next year
A rare Sunday off from rugby saw Euan and John go swimming and climbing in Dundee whilst Wendy went for afternoon tea in Edinburgh. Some excellent climbing from Euan.
We all attended an event at the Subud centre in Perth to raise funds for a table tennis table. There was a quiz, which Euan won, after a tense tie break question! Do you know how high the statue of liberty is? He won a book, with an accompanying CD, very entertaining.
Wendy & John were at a loss of what to do whilst Euan was away on his hike, we watched a film and had a long lie in the morning.
The month ended with an excellent rugby tournament at Kinross. The P6 team are really starting to play well as a team and won a trophy.

Euan's bit

Seems very short this month, very quiet as well. No talk of the U.S or N.Korea trying to blow each other up with nukes. Lots of talk about Brexit though.
Any how, lets get started. Not long in to the year and I've already been climbing and swimming in Dundee with Daddy which was amazing. We headed in to Dundee and went to Olympia and then to Avertical World where I climbed and bouldered for a few hours, great experience, five stars. Halfway in to September and I'm going on a scout hike from Errol Village Hall to St Madoes Community Hall. Absolutely amazing and extremely hilarious.
We cooked sausages for breakfast and then had cereal. I really enjoyed it and cant wait to do it again! Thanks to my friend Shan who took me to the McMenace in Dundee for a talk with Nigel Parkinson, an artist for The Beano which is celebrating 80 years of laughter.
Mummy took me to Perth Doors Open Day We went to Perth Sherrif Court, a council building , where we met the Lord Provost, the old council building, the guildry and The Fair Maids House, which I really enjoyed.
To end the month I went to the Kinross Rugby Mini Tournament, where we smashed everyone and won 1st place with a staggering 35 points! I hope October is going to be not as quiet with a trip to Naples in Italy and goodness knows what else!

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