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Trip Report More Graffitii than Garbage - Report from S. Italy

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I was intending to write a report when I got home from this trip, but I know that several people are headed here over the next few weeks, so I'll try to get something written from the road. This post is RDU via London to Capri.

I hear that AA has been cancelling massive numbers of flights, but I left RDU for LHR on Monday before all the excitement. This flight has just been moved from LGW and I wasn't impressed with the change - long trek into the terminal building (T3), very long line for passport control (especially for non-EU citizens) and very long trek through the bowels of the airport to get to the Central Bus Station (which I needed to reach so I could get to Gatwick for my connecting flight...) I am able to report that however botched the baggage handling at T5, the fountains look good.

After my B&B collected me at LGW I spent the day visiting Arundel Castle (by train), and then walked through the churchyard for dinner at the Old Six Bells pub (good food and excellent Shiraz). I forgot to check in online for my BA flight to Naples on Tuesday, which left me only half a dozen seats at the back of the plane to chose from, but also meant that by picking an aisle seat by an open middle seat, I sat next to the only empty seat on the entire flight.

Naples airport seems fairly small. The EU passport line moved fast, but the "other" lines looked slow. Baggage carts require a euro coin as a deposit. There's an ATM in the arrivals hall. If you're taking a bus into town, double check that you get on the right one! Due to some communication difficulties, I wound up at Piazza Garibaldi instead of Piazza Municipio, and had to find a second bus for the last leg. (That bus is the R2, from the south side of the piazza by the statue.)

Piazza Municipio is currently a big mess, as a new metro station is under construction. When you get off the bus you need to walk to the left of the castle, heading for the white building with the two clock towers. After you cross the main street turn right for the ticket offices for the ferries. The boats leave from behind the ticket offices.

I was looking out for garbage on the bus ride through Naples, but I really saw very little. There was some evidence of previous piles, and a few places where plastic bags of trash were piled round a dumpster, but it really wasn't that bad. Nothing like India, for instance. And in Piazza Garibaldi you're more likely to be avoiding handbag sellers than garbage. Seen from the bus Naples looked gritty and grimy, but not buried in garbage.

I had intended to spend my first three nights in Naples, and switched to Capri when I got tired of waiting for the garbage crisis to be resolved, but I think I could have stayed in Naples. Capri is certainly clean enough, but even this early in the year it's buried in tourists in the middle of the day. Dead quiet at night, though.

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