Slow Learners

Before I get into our day, did you know that a serving of Frosted Mini Wheats has less sugar than a serving of Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal?

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I was surprised! I recently read that a woman’s daily intake of sugar should be around 30 grams, so I’ve been reading nutrition labels out of curiosity. I didn’t expect Kashi to out-sugar Frosted Mini Wheats! [screen shots from http://caloriecount.about.com]

Moving on to our day. We spent a little time kickin’ around ideas for today since our original plan for Pompeii fell through. We came up with visiting Castel Sant’Elmo and Certosa di San Martino. It was quite easy to get to both sites because they are riiight off a funicular stop, plus they are practically back to back so navigating from one to the other was a piece o’ cake.

The Castel was built as a hexagon, which was really interesting to walk around.  We took an elevator to the second floor (we didn’t try too hard to go to the first floor, but it wasn’t easy to get to so we skipped it) and both kind of felt like we were walking around the Alamo.  The fortress had a very Western movie feel about it, which I thought was strange since it was built in the 1300’s…

We took a quick spin through the small art museum, enjoying the Impressionist art and cocking our heads at the Modern stuff. Blaine and I had a debate about this sculpture:

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He sees a man on a high-wire holding a balancing stick, I see an airplane with a crazy pilot. What do you see?

The best part of the Castel was definitely the views it offered. We could see all the way down Spaccanapoli (the long straight road that divides Naples in two), including the cloisters we visited the other day.

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There were neat signs that pointed out major sights and landmarks so you could see what you were looking at, which was incredibly helpful for us. Walking around the walls got our bellies rumblin’ so we headed off to Certosa di San Marino, hoping there would be a cafe or something nearby so we could fuel up before round two.  As luck would have it, there was a restaurant directly across the street from Sant’Elmo that provided a lovely view of Naples and some pasta that sounded delicious so we sat down to enjoy ourselves.

I tried to branch out today guys, I promise, but the restaurant didn’t prepare risotto if only one person ordered it so I had to change my pick from zucchini flower risotto to Rigatoni Siciliana. Rigatoni with–you guessed it–eggplant.

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It was soooo good so I’m not too disappointed I couldn’t order risotto, although I did want to try something new.  Blaine had a gnocchi-type pasta that was aiight. I’m afraid I steered him wrong because he’s not a huge fan of shrimp and I didn’t realize the pasta was served with the little guys. Sorry buddy!!

IMG_3693Still yummy though.  We took a long time at lunch enjoying the view and the food and some cappuccino 😉

We pried ourselves from the table and headed 30 yards down the road to Certosa di San Marino. I laughed at what we found.

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We’re battin’ a thousand right now. So it goes. We looked around a few of the little cameo shops nearby and then started walking back to the funicular. Since we had just had a huge meal, we both felt like walking around a little before heading home, so we took a stroll around a pedestrian area right by the funicular station. We hit it during reposo though, so most of the shops were closed. We seem to have a knack for that. You know what was open? A gelato shop!

IMG_3695We made friends with the girls behind the counter as I tried to pronounce the word ‘spoon’ (cucchiaio– it’s hard!) and left with a cup full of Nutella and Kinder gelato.  Yummy yummy yummy we got love in our tummies!!

It was fantastic. We were then ready to head home and start preppin’ for our trip to ROME tomorrow!! I’m so excited I can barely stand it!

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