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Day 12 (10/1/2014) Sorrento, Campania, Italy

The view from our balcony with Mount Vesuvius in the background. I didn't do too bad with this booking, though when we first saw it we weren't sure

Day 12 (10/1/2014) Sorrento, Campania, Italy

A switchback road that climbs the bluff to the heart of the hilltop city of Sorrento

Day 12 (10/1/2014) Sorrento, Campania, Italy

As the Sun set on Sorrento, this view with the colorful facade of the B&B that we stayed in for one night was breathtaking

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Sorrento, Campania, Italy

Sunrise on the Bay of Naples from our balcony in Sorrento

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Sorrento, Campania, Italy

A shot of the bluff in Sorrento

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Sorrento, Campania, Italy

Looking back at Sorrento as we leave port for our visit to Ischia

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

This was an emotional moment for both Joyce and I, after we disembarked and took a taxi to our hotel. We checked in and stepped out on the balcony and saw the beauty of the land that her grandmother and grandfather left behind 100-plus years ago

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

After seeing the castle, the first thing we had to do was walk to it and see if we could tour it

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Although it was a cloudy day, we looked back on the island, from the castle entrance, to see a beautiful place

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Looking at the town of Ischia from the Aragonese Castle

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Looking at the town of Ischia from the Aragonese Castle

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Looking at the town of Ischia from the Aragonese Castle

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

A walkway inside the Aragonese Castle

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

The Aragonese Castle is privately owned and has 2 small restaurants and most of the food is grown there at the castle

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Being the first day on the island, Joyce, I'm sure, felt a sense of accomplishment visiting this island

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Joyce was not feeling well and we both were tired, but also we were feeling a lot of excitement and anticipation what the next few days would bring

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Looking down at the town from the southern side of the castle

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

The boats are so colorful I had to take another shot on the way out of the castle

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Back at the hotel at dusk, I took this shot from the balcony

Day 13 (10/2/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Another shot at dusk, includes some of the colorful building of Ischia

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

As we start our land tour around the Island of Ischia, our first stop is the driver's hometown of Lacco Ameno

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Another photo at Lacco Ameno

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Like Capri, Ischia has beautiful blue waters surrounding it, but the rocky cliffs look to be of a darker rock than Capri

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

How blue and clear the water around Ischia Island

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

As we toured around the island going west then south and east, the high bluffs looked to be more of sandstone

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Looking down on Sant'Angelo d'Ischia

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

These colorful tiled steps were at a restaurant at Sant'Angelo d'Ischia. At this point Joyce was feeling pretty bad and we spent much of our time at a pharmacy, hoping that they would give her something so she could enjoy this once in a lifetime journey

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Another shot of the sandstone looking bluffs near Sant'Angelo d'Ischia

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

As we headed back toward the town of Ischia, the driver stopped and gave us a view of the Aragonese Castle from the opposite side of our hotel. It was great because the Sun was shining directly on the castle and we could see more detail

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Another wider shot of the castle from the opposite side from our hotel

Day 14 (10/3/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Back at our hotel and a little relaxing time. Joyce is toughing it out, though I could tell it was a struggle for her

Day 15 (10/4/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Ischia hillside houses from the hotel rooftop

Day 15 (10/4/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

The Ischia coastline from the hotel rooftop

Day 15 (10/4/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Another coastline view from the hotel rooftop

Day 15 (10/4/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

With all the beautiful hibicus plants, I had to get a closeup of at least one

Day 15 (10/4/2014) Fontana Isola d'Ischia, Italy

This was our taxi ride to the hillside town of Fontana. It's called an Ape, pronounced <em>Ahh-Pay</em>. This thing shook and shuddered all the way up the hill, but it was so much fun

Day 15 (10/4/2014) Fontana Isola d'Ischia, Italy

A view of the Isle of Capri from Fontana

Day 15 (10/4/2014) Fontana Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Meeting with Joyce's Italian relatives. Mery the 16-year old in the center was the interpreter as Joyce and I spoke no Italian and Mery was the only one that spoke both languages

Day 15 (10/4/2014) Fontana Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Saying goodbye, but what a wonderful time we had. A dream come true for Joyce and we both learned so much about life on the island, that it will be with us for the rest of our lives. It appeared Joyce's relatives also enjoyed the visit

Day 16 (10/5/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

On the morning of our last full day on the Isle of Ischia, I managed to get a shot of the sunrise

Day 16 (10/5/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

For our last full day here we enjoyed the saunas, pool and laying in the Sun, but my eyes kept looking toward this castle, so I kept clicking the shutter at it

Day 16 (10/5/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

We did do some walking near the hotel and I found many photo opportunities

Day 16 (10/5/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

A typical Ischia street scene

Day 16 (10/5/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

The lemons must be one of the main products of this area and they were so big and not nearly as tart as what we are used to in the States

Day 16 (10/5/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

As the day wound down, I kept taking photos of the castle, as though it would soon disappear after being in that spot for over 2,000 years

Day 16 (10/5/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Another Aragonese Castle shot late afternoon

Day 16 (10/5/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

Another Aragonese Castle shot late afternoon. You can see Capri off in a distance in this shot

Day 16 (10/5/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

And finally the last shot of the Aragonese Castle before we head out for our walk through the shopping district and get something to eat

Day 17 (10/6/2014) Isola d'Ischia, Italy

On the last morning in Ischia, I turned my camera away from the castle and took this shot in the opposite direction. The pink building near the water is a restaurant called Ole Solo Mio that we ate at twice. It was very good, but it also was one of the few good restaurants nearby that didn't close during siesta time. Many of those restaurants didn't open for dinner until 8pm

Day 17 (10/6/2014) On A Train from Naples to Rome

We left Ischia by boat on Monday Oct 6 and arrived in the main port of Naples. From there we took a taxi to the Garibaldi Square train station

Day 17 (10/6/2014) On A Train from Naples to Rome

After much frustration, we managed to get on the right train to Rome. It was a good thing that we allowed ourselves plenty of time. Not being able to speak Italian is a hindrance when using public transportation. During the bus tour these things were taken care of for us

Day 17 (10/6/2014) On A Train from Naples to Rome

These last 3 photos were taken through the window of a very fast train. After a much slower train ride from Rome to the airport and then 25 Euros for a taxi that went about 5 miles to the hotel. we managed to arrive at our hotel in plenty of time to  have a nice pasta dinner and head home the following day