Experiencing an authentic Italian strike...

Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Friday, June 25, 2010

Well, Naples, nothing surprises me.
Last night we had an awesome dinner at Trip Advisor's #1 place in Naples and it was so good. Pizza for the last time.
Today, we wanted to go to the National Archaeological museum because it has a neat section on Pompeii, with frescos, mosaics, and the secret cabinet ahah... can you guess where erotic Pompeii stuff went? So we woke up sort of early in order to get there in time before our flight to Paris at 4:20. We had a nice breakfast again, and scooted off. Well, it took us a good 20 minutes to find the damn Metro because the place is so poorly labeled. But we did, then got off at the right stop and found the museum okay. We bought our 10 euro tickets (each), and excitedly hurried off down the Farnese Gallery, which is filled with famous statues from Greek and Roman antiquity. In this collection is the Farnese Hercules and the statue group called the Farnese Bull. The group with the bull is magnificent, and looks as though at any moment it will move! The collection of statues is very impressive in this museum. So, after these statues we wanted to see the Secret Cabinet because we didn't have a whole lot of time. Turns out it was closed. That's nice that we went all that way... Oh was I angry. To make it worse, turns out the whole mosaics wing was closed. Ya. So we paid ten euro each to see the Farnese statues and the Pompeian frescos. We were done in an hour. 
I was naturally a little annoyed at this, so we left the museum in a little bit of a huff, ready to go back to the hotel and pack like mad. 
And I bet you'll never guess what happened. Metro... went on strike while we were in the museum. Ya it was really convenient, seeing as we had to check out in an hour. In hindsight, the museum was probably a bad idea. Haha.
We walked back. It wasn't all that far which was a blessing, but today was hot, and Naples is gross. Turns out the rest of the city is just as bad as our neighborhood. Garbage, noise, humidity (gross like garbage), dog feces, people. Cluster. Not a fun walk. The place stinks because of the garbage, and I'm going to post a picture of it because its so insane. It'll ruin the streak of good pictures, but it has to be done.  I don't remember if I've talked about the garbage issue here, but Chris' uncle says that the mafia has something to do with it. They are angry so they aren't cleaning the garbage. Ew. Worst place to live in Italy. Easily. The ambiance is unhappy.
We managed to get back to our hotel with enough time to hastily stuff our bags together and check out. We went to the train station and found our bus without much problem. This took us straight to the airport. The rest was easy really, except for the ridiculous line up at the Check In counter. EasyJet...ha. 
Our flight was good. I did what I set out to do and slept for the first hour. I'm not a fan of flying, so being unconscious is the best way to go.
I woke up when we were over the alps. They are so beautiful. I didn't see much of them though, but at least I caught a glimpse. I also caught a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower as we were flying into Paris!
We figured out the Metro and RER in Paris quite easily. I had actually mapped out the plan to get to our hotel last night, so that helped a lot. The public transit here is really good, but so many people use it, you may have to wait for the next train!
My first impression of the city was that it is relatively clean (remember that we had just come from Naples - garbage city), and that they know what's going on. You know what I mean? It's a pretty happening place. The streets are pretty wide, thanks to Hausmann who redesigned the whole city, and they are easy to navigate (so far). We found our hotel after doing a big circle, but hey, we found it. It's a sweet Best Western. but we are beside a squeaky elevator. Oh well. I booked it last week, what can I expect?
Update on the sunburn...it's bad. Oh man, I had to navigate the Paris underground with my 14.21 kg backpack on my back. Ya.
It really feels good to get some aloe lotion on my shoulders. But I'm running out slowly! Let's hope I can make it!
Time for bed.
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mom on

sorry you got a sunburn, hopefully it will settle down soon. love you mom

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