A bunch of Goats and an Elderly P.O.W.
Trip Start Jun 21, 2007
10Trip End Jul 04, 2007
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The first part of the hike took us through the Grotta del Campo and then into a rocky valley
In the end, the ascent wasn't nearly as bad as I'd anticipated but towards the end, we had a hell of a descent to make to reach the town of San Lazarro. My knees, both left and right, were screaming things that would definitely make a nun blush and that in a Catholic country were just not cool and probably outlawed. But once in town, we found our way to the main piazza and treated ourselves to a wee cold beer. We were joined at our table by an extraordinary elderly chap named Armando, an 87-year-old former prisoner of war during WWII. He'd been imprisoned by the American Army and shipped to Wyoming of all places for the duration of his internment and forced to work on a ranch there
After a nice chat with Armando, our driver arived and took us to Bomerano, a town on the other side of the Agerola plain. The hotel there was definitely on the more homey side - a family-run establishment - but had a lovely and lengthy balcony for us to spend time on. We took turns taking a shower in the smallest shower stall ever designed by man. There was just enough room to turn around, but not enough to escape the spray from the shower head so we literally swallowed water while cleaning our bodies and washing our hair. Is it possible to drown in a shower? I then eased on down the road towards the main square so I could grab a little journalling time while Rebecca stayed in the room to veg.
After about an hour, I walked back to the hotel and Rebecca and I opened my 2nd bottle of wine purchased in Ravello for 25 euros. We took it down to the hotel restaurant at 19:30 hoping they wouldn't object to us consuming it during dinner (they didn't mind). We started our meal with an assortment of antipasto - grilled pumpkin, aubergine, courgettes, bruschetta, tomatoes, and solely for Rebecca - mushrooms and sardines. It was truly divine and we savoured every bite!! For my main dish, I had gnocchi with mozzarella and tomatoes - it too was delicious. This was our finest meal up to that point and it was free, being included in the package tour from InnTravel.
Following dinner, Rebecca had a couple of lemoncellos and we sat out on our balcony visiting. It was quite chilly so Rebecca wrapped herself up in a blanket, all chinchilla-like. We then crashed into bed.