Excerpts from a family diary 2012
Monday: Boys’ alarm failed. They woke at 4:45 in a panic (I’m not sure they had packed.)
Left home 5am, one hour delay at Gatwick, then flew to Naples. Mike decided to check out the G-forces on plane by juggling with three tennis balls during take-off. Then checked out High Life magazine for drugs.
David sorted hire car while we collected cases.
Drove to Sorrento. Managed to miss a ‘no entry’ sign and went the wrong way down a one-way street. Within seconds two policemen (who had been hiding?) hurried over and fined us 39€.
Staying at Hotel Bristol, another Citalia hotel. All rooms have sea view and balcony.
Had sandwiches at pool side bar. James mentioned that everything in his suitcase needs washing. Super.
Evening meal lovely, though slightly rushed as the next course arrived the second we finished eating the last one! Friendly service. Delicious ice cream.
Walked into town. Lots of little shops selling leather goods and lemon products.
Tuesday: Breakfast really nice. Lots of fresh fruit, breads plus cooked stuff.
David tried to plan activities. Not sure we were helpful.
Views so beautiful, want to absorb them.
Went to pool on roof. Nice but very over looked. Issued one towel per day by pool attendant/nazi. Not allowed to leave pool via side rather than steps. Not allowed to take inflatables into pool. Not allowed to reserve loungers (which is mainly good, deters people from leaving a towel at dawn to reserve best chairs. But does mean you have to guard your towel when swimming or predatory pool man reclaims them!) Not allowed to do shoulder stands. Not allowed to jump in. Not sure my boys and the pool attendant are going to be friends…….
Walked into town and bought calzones and stuff for lunch. Saved about 75€ on hotel price. Ate on balcony.
Read, snoozed, swam. David started campaign to have inflatables allowed in pool. Am hoping it doesn’t last all week.
Boys seem to swim mainly under water – unsettling when they loom below me as I’m struggling to reach the side.
Another nice dinner. Mike admitted he ‘may’ have been seen naked whilst changing on his balcony. Why was he changing there? Luckily person doesn’t sound old enough to have heart attack.
Played Catan in the lounge. It’s a really nice lounge, lots of sofas and a piano for James to play. Fernando won. Of course. Actually, we all nearly won at some point. It was an extremely long game.
Wednesday: I got up early and went for a walk. Left David to wake the family. Returned to find David engrossed in a book. I woke family.
Swam, read, swam. Lunch. Swam, read, swam.
Dinner, then played cards in the bar. Musicians playing jazz.
Thursday: 7am breakfast then David and I drove to Pompei. (We went years ago when the children were small and unhappy in the heat and I promised myself that one day I would come back without them!) Everyone else had a late breakfast and lazed. Pompei still interesting, still dusty, still incredibly hot.
Went to huge supermarket on way back to Sorrento. My feet hurt, next time will wear proper shoes, not sandals. Finished reading The Book Thief. Best book ever.
Friday: Up early and went to exercise room. It’s very hot in there, was nice to swim afterwards. Went to breakfast. Everyone asked me why my face was so red. Checked evening meal menu. Planned day (doing nothing.)
Played catan on the roof lounge. There are comfy chairs and big umbrellas, but it was still too hot to be completely fun. Swam.
Wrote postcards to my chinese friends. Had to use dictionary for mandarin words for volcano, eruption, historical site. Bit nervous I may have written rubbish or something rude.
Nice dinner then walked into town. Bought gifts, which was easy as there are so many shops selling soaps and trinkets. Bit cooler tonight, might rain. Saw three german shepherd dogs, made me miss Kia.
Saturday: Gym at 7:30 with David. Painful. Breakfast.
Becky ate slowly while Fernando sang “We’re not getting any younger”. James dipped his sausages in the nutella. Then his elbow. Separate tables are tempting.
Lazed, read, swam. Males played cards (extremely noisily) in smoking room.
Walked into town and collected pizzas. Ate on our balcony. Becky put in charge of rubbish disposal. Was banned from throwing it onto neighbour’s balcony or flinging it off roof. Have horrid feeling I am going to find abandoned pizza boxes in unsuitable place.
Mike went in search of watch (left in smoking room.)
Pizza boxes currently in corridor. Hmmm.
Lazed, read, swam. Family joined with Irish family to play games in pool. They used James’ rolled up tee shirt as a ball (well, it’s not an inflatable.) Mike cut his toe on pool vent, watch still lost. James said ants had found some food he was saving. Ah.
Pizza boxes still in corridor.
Another nice dinner. Watched olympics – Bolt won relay.
Sunday: Gym and swam. Breakfast. I love the breakfasts here. Swam, read, lazed.
Walked into town with David. Had a coffee. Was nasty. Drank it in a little square surrounded by typical Italian houses listening to olympics on a television in a bar.
Bought lunch. Had an espresso. Was perfect.
Lunch on balcony. Fernando had done a workout with Mike in gym. Seemed to have trouble lifting his arms.
Monday: Left hotel, drove to Puglia.
Please note, one name changed to protect identity.