Thursday, Oct 6
Tuesday, Oct 11 - Resting in Sorrento
Today was a day for rest and doing laundry. It was sunny
and warm! We found a “Wet-Dry” and, along with two other American
couples, did our laundry. Only one laundromat in all of Sorrento! Ate
a pizza for lunch while sitting in the Wet-Dry. The machines were very
touchy, and the dryers didn’t get very hot, but finally we were
all clean again, hopefully for 9 more days. We went to sip wine at the
pool until the town opened back up again. (Italy shuts down for a few
hours during lunch.) School children seem to be done at 12:30 pm. We had
to step over dogs as we walked the streets. They lie on the crosswalks
Sat by the hotel piscina (pool) until dinner. The pool area is at the top of the old town walls and is surrounded by olive, orange and lemon trees, all full of fruit. The olive trees in this area have nets suspended beneath them to capture the fruit when it ripens. Sometimes grape arbors are built over the top of orange trees, like a second story.
No fast food in sight. No restaurant chains, either. Just local eateries, as there have been for hundreds of years. For Italians, food isn’t meant to be fast. They have a saying, that “while you’re eating, you don’t grow any older.” So why would they hurry a meal?
Ate dinner at La Stalla, which I think means horse. Or stallion. Or perhaps stall. Who knows. I had grilled chicken, and Pat had mussels. The room we ate in had an arched ceiling, and I discovered that if I hummed at a certain pitch, the sound resonated throughout the entire room. I didn’t even have to hum loudly. It was great, because Pat got very agitated and nervous and thought everyone would get upset with me. It was quite fun.
We enjoyed Sorrento, it was warm and lovely, and the locals were very friendly and beautiful people. Very ancient and historic, and laid back. Pronto = what you say when you answer the phone. Allora = “um” or “well.” Finito = finished.