London, Rome, Naples then on to Malta 2013 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น

Swaraj and Noreen make Wildhill special.
Swaraj and Noreen make Wildhill special.
Anne and Pam in Bosham, England.  2013
Anne and Pam in Bosham, England. 2013

Sadly another wonderful trip to Wildhill concludes and we head south to put the Hymer into storage and make our way to Gatwick. We spend the afternoon and evening with Pam’s cousin Anne doing a little sightseeing before dinner at her local. We overnight at the Yotel at Gatwick. Our flight and transfer have us in our hotel in Rome well before lunch.
Our hotel is the Okapi Rooms a little place recommended in the travel section of the Telegraph 6 months ago. Very small but very well located. We spend the next 2 days here and there enjoying Rome. The Scavi Tour under the Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Palentine Hill and the Ari Pacis were highlights.

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The Staircase, Okapi Rooms, Rome.  2013
The Staircase, Okapi Rooms, Rome.
The Scavi Tour, The Vatican City.  2013
The Scavi Tour, The Vatican City.

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Saint Peter's Square.  2013
Saint Peter’s Square.
Rod and Julie cross the Tiber for the first time. Rome.  2013
Rod and Julie cross the Tiber for the first time. Rome.
Pam throwing her 3 coins in the Trevi Fountain, Rome.  2013
Pam throwing her 3 coins in the Trevi Fountain, Rome.
Lots of Egyptian artefacts in the Vatican Museum. Italy.  2013
Lots of Egyptian artefacts in the Vatican Museum. Italy.
More nicked stuff from Egypt. Rome.  2013
More nicked stuff from Egypt. Rome.
No photos in the Sistine Chapel. Vatican City.  2013
No photos in the Sistine Chapel. Vatican City.

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The Ari Pacis, Rome, Italy.  2013
The Ari Pacis, Rome, Italy.

On Thursday morning we transfer to Civitavicha and the Celebrity Silhouette. Our stateroom is large with a great view. The Silhouette is only 2 years old, everything looks brand new.
Our first port of call is Naples and our little group heads of to explore the Pompeii excavations. This was very interesting morning looking at life in 79 AD. By lunchtime it’s hot and dusty and we head back to the Silhouette for some pool time. In the late afternoon we have a wander around old Naples. The whole area was dirty, with graffiti everywhere, so don’t bother.
Our second port of call is Valetta in Malta. A most beautiful place, well kept, clean and tidy. We spend the day wandering the cobbled streets, sightseeing and finding a little bar for some local flavor. I think about all those Maltese kids we went to school with back in the 60’s. I would have been homesick too. Pam and I decide Malta is definitely worth a longer visit.
Sunday is a sea day and a little resting around the pool is just what we need after a week of looking around ancient ruins. Each day the temperature increases and tomorrow in Athens it’s 31c.

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Pompeii, Italy.  2013
Pompeii, Italy.
Pompeii Streets, Italy.  2013
Pompeii Streets, Italy.
Fort St.Elmo, Valetta, Malta.  2013
Fort St.Elmo, Valetta, Malta.
Enjoying Valetta, Malta.  2013
Enjoying Valetta, Malta.
Backs streets of Valetta, Malta.  2013
Backs streets of Valetta, Malta.

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