Italy

Pompeii

By 5 pm that evening we were tired and decided to stop for the night at a service area on the motorway.  We were not sure what the etiquette was for stopping overnight but lorry drivers seemed to do it.  We had a surprisingly peaceful night, had coffee and croissants in the cafe the following morning before taking the coast road to Salerno.  By 3.30 pm we were in Pompeii and checking into Camping Zeus, a site at the foot of Vesusius, just by the ruins.  We walked into Pompeii later that evening for find something to eat.  The place was heaving with coachloads of tourists and was packed full of stalls selling souvenirs.  There were lots of pizza and pasta restaurants but we chose the local hotel.  We had an unremarkable meal of cold meats and cheese followed by steak, chips and salad.  We laughed at the salad, iceberg lettuce, pale tomatoes with a sprinkling of tinned sweetcorn kernals – very English!  The steak was tough too but we enjoyed the meal and the friendly hotel staff and a bottle of the local red wine helped too.  The wine was called “Tears of Christ”.