Lifestyles of the rich, famous and the Happells
Sadly saying arrivederci to Otranto, we commenced the eight hour trip to Positano (could have traversed a few small Euro countries in that time). The trip was well planned down to the last minute thanks to efficient Dan. A 6am taxi to the Lecce train station, followed by a train to Brindisi, leaving 9 minutes to hightail it to the adjoining platform for the Taranto train (where upon arrival we would have time for a coffee and lunch. then train to Salerno and ferry to Positano). Easy so the script went ... we could relax on the trains, read and send a few blogs.
Not to be. Aaaah thought the train driver ... might hangout in Lecce for a quick coffee and pastry. Good for the driver ... not so good for the Happells ... our 9 minutes to hightail it disappeared into thin air en-route, and our Taranto train pulled away as we scurried onto the platform, throwing all plans into disarray. Much swearing, bag kicking, transport abusing later it was decided a taxi at 130 euro would have to be caught. But would we make it ... "E possibla" mentioned our non English speaking taxi driver. All I could think was thank god for 180 speed limits ... drive like Fangio my son.
We arrived with 9 minutes to spare after poor Gabi was sick in his cab. The four hour furnace train ride with only chips and pistacchios for breakfast and lunch saw us arrive in Salerno in find the poorly signed ferry stop and arrive in Positano. Hot, grubby, bad tempered and 130 euro poorer we trudged through the hoards of tourists banging our bags into unexpected ankles to find the bus stop.
The queue represented peak hour at a city train station. In true Italian style we pushed and elbowed our way on. The 20 seater bus crammed with 40 plus sweating tourists and locals. The bus wound its way up the narrow road and finally spat us out somewhere hopefully near our piccolo apartment. Finally after much discussion we found the 30 steps to lug our bags, sticky and smelly selves up. A shower, cheap wine and takeaway pizza for 2.50 per head and all was well with the world.
Our Apartment View
An Outdoor Shower
A long way down