Thursday: Approaching Naples harbor as the sun rises
Mt Vesuvius (Pompei left of middle)
The circular cruise itinerary from Barcelona is popular;
many ships share time getting into and out of ports
Capri... outside the Bay of Naples
Sunrise on Naples
Tour busses await Jade passengers
Fishermen take their sport seriously
Dome of shopping arcade Galleria Umberto
Capri in background
Like a giant manta ray
Spit and polish: the crew was constantly on it
Breakfasting al fresco
Jade's poolside restaurant
Breakfast selections: have your fill of salmon
Jade restaurant, 6 o'clock Thursday morning
Jade's many elevators access 15 floors
Off the boat and on our way to meet Brianna
Bri (Pop Pop's niece Brianna Ireland) on "aliscafo" (hydrofoil) enroute to Capri
Arriving at Marina Grande, Capri
Owner of gelateria blows kisses to Bri and Kaila
Bri suggests a favorite chocolate gelato
Our super guide Giovanna Donadio
Off on our circumnavigation of the island in a "gozzo", a traditional half deck, half cockpit boat
Relaxing ain't hard
Through the famous faraglioni (and the women sleep through it!), Capri's signature three needlelike rocks.
Native of Capri...such a life
Faraglioni behind us.
Giovanna wishes she had brought her bathing suit, too
Many grotto, created by eons of wave action, near water's edge...
this one carved out at a time when seas were higher
Giovanna gave a running commentary on the history and features of Capri
Kaila's wish: a swim in the Mediterranean
Mike declined to play Oh, Hell. Capri's scenery was too gorgeous to miss
Cable car to Anacapri
Lunch anyone? Of course, lead the way
Kaila and Bri reflect
Cay where our aliscafo docked.
Sorrentine peninsula in background.
Capri is truly a rough-cut gem.
Pointing out where we swam
Map showing chair lift to Capri's Monte Solaro, highest point at 1932'
Boarding the chair lift
Interesting views from chair lift
Looking straight down to where we swam; the smaller gozzo mix with speedboats and pleasure craft; the white dots are sea gulls
View of faraglioni from an ancient Roman villa of Emperor Tiberius at peak.
...a sea gull in your next life, Grammy?
Roman Emperor Tiberius is said to have constructed twelve villas on Capri. We have fun with one of his statues...
...and the capitol of a column
Who says we can't take it with us?
ah, the decoration again
Future site of Stell and Mike's Villa
(visit at your peril; you,too, may not want to leave)
Giovanna and Bri await Kaila
...and so ends the perfect day on the "simple" Isle of Capri