201-202: Paestum and Sunday Rest

201 – Saturday 7th November 2015:  Paestum – Not all Greek

A few pics from yesterday …

Possibly the largest back pack - ever

Possibly the largest back pack – ever

Sunset over the pitch we had to flit from

Sunset over the pitch we had to flit from

Drink in the local bar before supper .... note leather armchairs and a real fire ... we could be at Rothbury!

Drink in the local bar before supper …. note leather armchairs and a real fire … we could be at Rothbury!

One of the Greek Temples cc. BC 450

One of the Greek Temples c. BC 450

We had a really peaceful night amongst the olive groves.  

We had a really peaceful night amongst the olive groves.

A short drive to the Paestum parking we had left as our EUR5 ticket was still valid.  We drove around the parking and successfully retrieved one of J’s crocs, that he had left in our scramble to implement our evacuation plan.  Lucky, eh?

It feels like we have done a lot of archaeological sites in the last week, but Paestum has three Greek temples as well as Roman excavations.  The temples are often in Italy tourist advertising and predate the Roman.  BC450 ish … so amazing to be walking around structures that were built and used nearly 2,500 years ago.  In places you can still see the architectural details.

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Roman: a double stone roof

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The Greek temples were just huge

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You can just make out J bottom left, which gives some idea of scale.

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Architectural detail.

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We lunched in the car park and set off, heading south. Across a peninsular and then along the coast road.  The first part was pretty grim … ugly and tatty summer tourist bars and campsites, only inhabited by about 30 prostitutes and the passing (or not passing) traffic.  Soon it was mostly stunning:  stacks and smarter villages clinging to the rocks, bays and beaches.

We missed our intended pitch as we looked for a supermarket … comedic moment when K asked two parked Carabinari and a local chap for directions and they all spoke at once and tried to out do each other in helpfulness!  We then missed a turning and ended up climbing 5km up a mountain in the dark … Brad the Sat Nav wanted us to turn around …. no chance in an 8m van and on hairpin bends!  A the top we finally found somewhere to turn and headed for a nearer parking K found.

These things are meant to be …. beachside and fantastic!  Our lovely Austrian neighbours came for a couple of days and are still here 8 days later!  They warned us about the noise from a nightclub not far away so we followed them to another carpark overnight and then we moved back in the morning.

 

202 – Sunday 8th November 2015: Praia di Mare – A Day of Rest and Remembrance

We both ran in the sun along the front … J 5km with some speed 🙂  We wandered down the beach to look at the sea and both had a simultaneous thought … let’s stay all day and move on tomorrow.

We have had a lovely day …

  • we swam
  • K transcribed lots of free parkings in Sicily from a book loaned by our Austrian neighbours
  • we read
  • a little walk in the other direction
  • J took pix of the sun set
  •  …. and we just sat in the sun and grinned at each other.
View from our waterside pitch

Black sand

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We are the far left van … you can see how busy it is … NOT!

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View from our waterside pitch

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Sadly we have been watching a hillside fire … it does not seem to have eaten any of the houses.

 

 

2 thoughts on “201-202: Paestum and Sunday Rest

  1. Beautiful! Such gorgeous photos! It must run in the family, losing a croc and not leaving without it! Didn’t know James liked them? I’d be lost without mine! You two are having such a wonderful time. The likes of which us mere mortals can only dream of!!! I love you both.xxxxxx

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