So off we went.. on a 10 hour train ride. We tried to get seat on the "faster" train but it was completely sold out!
Most of the time, was spent reading, sleeping or walking Valentina up and down the aisle and of course, having lots of yummy snacks. Things were going great until we got to Livorno (which is about an hour south of Pisa). The conductor came over the speaker and said we would be stopping there for a while because of an accident on the train tracks. We sat and debated what the accident could have been.
As we left Livorno, no one was prepared to see a DEAD BODY still laying on the tracks! We saw the Police and a body still laying there with a sheet covered over it. It was a bit of a shock to everyone.
By the time we got to Naples is was after 9pm. We were tired, hungry and Valentina was up past her bedtime. We were met by Zio Salvatore, the MIL's brother and he drove us to his place which is about 30 minutes outside of Naples. We were doing great until about 3 minutes before we got to the house. That's when Valentina threw up. We really didn't think too much of it although we figured it must have been the bumpy ride. Factor that in with no car seat.. and you're bound to get messy. Luckily, it was only a little bit but it was enough for her to get completely pale. As we got settled, I changed her clothes and gave her a bottle. She quickly feel asleep and got the color back in her face while we stuff ourselves silly with the most amazing seafood EVER!
The next morning, Valentina woke up perfectly fine. We had our breakfast and headed over to the train station to make our way into Naples. Valentina was having a fantastic time, waving at everyone and just soaking up the environment.
More pulling over and cleaning. This time she was a bit fussier and only wanted me. By this time, the car was smelling pretty bad, I was covered in it, my MIL's pants were covered and V's clothes were completely soaked in vomit. We stripped her down and left her jacket on since it was breezy that evening. We continued and she threw up again.. but a small amount that I was able to catch with some kleenex. She was just about to doze off when we reached the lookout point of the castle. I didn't want to, but I was urged to get out of the car so I wouldn't smell the vomit. This of course was a HUGE mistake because Valentina woke up and wanted to see everything too. I was trying to shield the wind from her because she was soaking wet from her vomit. We were there just a few minute and I got back in the car.
We started making our way back when... she threw up.... AGAIN! By this time, I was almost in tears. Everyone was trying to tell me why she was throwing up. It was the yogurt, no she didn't digest her snack, no she's teething, no it's the acid from all of the cheese she ate yesterday.... I just wanted to yell and say... NO.. IT'S BECAUSE SHE'S NOT IN A CAR SEAT LIKE SHE'S SUPPOSED TO BE! She's isn't used to bumpy, windy roads. Again, no one was listening to me. We get back into the car and I am praying that she falls asleep until we get home. She was worn out, weak and sick. She threw up again.... 5 times total and then she finally feel asleep.
Carlo took these photos while I had Valentina ..
The guys were packing up their gear to finish out their day...
While the captain deal with some customers. You can't get much fresher than this! The octopus was still alive!
Sadly, we didn't get to see much of Naples so we'll definitely have to plan to go again.