Here is a picture of me in the Forum, with a notepad, camera, hat, backpack, and shades:
|Venus in a shell|
|HAVE = Welcome|
|Floor mosaic with geometric design.|
|Vesuvius, framed between two pine trees.|
The picture below was taken from Vesuvius looking in the direction of Naples, though it’s hard to get a sense of scale. To get to the summit, you take a local bus for a somewhat hair-raising drive up a narrow two-way road with blind curve upon blind curve, followed by a walk up to the crater on a steep gravelly road. The views are well worth it. We thought we saw a bit of steam drift up from the crater and smelled sulfur at one point, after which we had to rush downhill so as not to miss our bus.
I even took an afternoon off to relax by the hotel pool, with its cliff-top views of the bay and lemon trees for shade, and sat in a lounge chair doing light edits of the manuscript. Writing is hard work.
|View from hotel in Vico Equense. That's Vesuvius across the bay.|