Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sorrento and Lemons
Since I finished my research at Pompeii yesterday and also spent the afternoon at Herculaneum (another ancient city buried by Vesuvius in AD 79) I decided to do something entirely different today: visit Sorrento (pictured above), a beachside city on the Bay of Naples about an hour from Naples by train. The city is famous for its lemon and orange trees so there are lots of vendors happy to let you sample lemon goods in hopes that you'll purchase something. Which I did....Otherwise, Sorrento is a pretty relaxed town that is much cleaner, quieter and all around nicer than Naples. Its right on the beach so lots of people go there to swim during the day. Its also where people catch the ferry for the island of Capri (a favorite vacation spot of Jackie O).
After wandering around Sorrento for a couple of hours I took the train back to Naples and decided to take a look around at some of the churches (like the Duomo pictured above). Unfortunately, I didn't realize that many were closed on Sunday afternoon so instead I went to the Greek-Roman underground tunnels...the name sounds much more exciting than they actually were. It was basically a hyped up series of tunnels that were apparently a Greek (or Roman, the tour guide changed his story so many times I'm still not sure) aquaduct system that became a bunker during WWII for the city of Naples. The coolest part was when we had to maneuver through a series of tunnels that I had to squeeze through using only candles that we carried. Except I was a little worried that I'd trip and catch the girl in front of me's hair on fire...
As I was killing time waiting for the tour to start, I purchased this, the first dessert to be featured on this blog: pistachio gelato. It was good, not the best gelato I've ever had, but definitely good.
So, in order to stimulate more interest in my fledgling blog I've decided to create a contest. Some of the blogs I read do this and they get all kinds of answers. I only anticipate a few since I'm pretty sure my readership at this point consists of Aaron, my mom and my dad (better chances for them!). Nevertheless, my contest begins as soon as I publish this pots and will last until July 18 when I return to the US (since it may take that long for people to respond). All you have to do is respond to the question I post and the best answer will get a cool prize that I purchased in Sorrento today. Your responses should go in the "comments" section of the post this is also an attempt to generate comments :)
So, here it is:
What is the best thing to do with lemons?
Post your answer in the comments section of this post and I will select the BEST answer!