August 22, 2006
summer vacation, part 6: rome
After the exhausting day at the Vatican, we took a slower pace for the remaining two days, but we still saw quite a lot. We wish that we hadn't been there in August, which is a tourist madhouse with few native Romans around, but it was impressive nonetheless.
summer vacation, part 5: vatican
Back in Rome for a few days to finish out the vacation, our first stop was the Vatican. We visited St. Peter's and then on to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. The art and architecture were mind-blowing, and we appreciated it despite a couple of stressful hours being separated in the incredibly crowded Vatican Museum.
summer vacation, part 4: pompei
On our way back from Positano to Rome, we stopped for a few hours at the ruins of Pompei, which was truly extraordinary.
summer vacation, part 3: positano
We flew from London to Rome on Ryan Air, then we rented a car and drove down to Positano on the Amalfi coast, where we stayed for 2.5 days. It was absolutely gorgeous there and we really enjoyed it, despite an ill-advised half-day trip to Capri. Our hotel room had an amazing view, and we ate well -- one night we realized that Mario Batalli was at the next table with a large group of friends. Nice.
summer vacation, part 2: a day in london
We spent a day in London before heading on to Italy. It was our first visit so we visited a few famous sites and ended the day with a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theater. Great day.
summer vacation, part 1: eos
A highlight of our vacation was definitely flying our 2-for-1 tickets on eos from JFK to London Stansted. It's a all-first-class airline with fully-reclining seats. It was truly great, even though on the way back we were subject to the crazy security restrictions just imposed due to the foiled terrorist plot. Here are some pictures I took on the way there (when you could still use electronics on planes):