DAY 2: VESUVIUS
On our second day in Sorrento we decided to catch the train to Pompeii station in pursuit of Mount Vesuvius. Joining the hustle and bustle of the people going to work, we hopped on the train and took in the beautiful scenery around us on our way to Pompeii. Once here, we used our tickets (which we bought at the Sorrento train station) to jump on the free and rickety bus to the Vesuvius 4x4's.
I was so excited to see Vesuvius in all its glory. Once our impressive Mercedes 4x4 had dropped us off at the highest parking point, we began our hike up the volcano. The views were absolutely breathtaking. I was lost for words.
Vesuvius is a magnificent volcano, a force of nature which the people of Naples and surrounding areas are constantly ready for any possible eruption in the future. Vesuvius, in 79 AD, erupted, killing thousands of people and burying Roman cities, such as Pompeii and Herculaneum to name a few. It is still a live volcano today and is considered to be the most dangerous!
Despite this unsettling information, we hiked up the volcano, looking down into the pit.
EVENING: ENGAGEMENT PROPOSAL
After our exploration of the destructive volcano, we headed back to Sorrento to grab a well-deserved lemon sorbet and wandered around the narrow streets. As this was our anniversary of 6 years we had booked a table at the Michelen Star restaurant in Sorrento. Before we headed out for our delicious celebratory meal, Ben wanted to have a toast of Prosecco on the balcony overlooking Sorrento. As we raised our glasses, Ben went down on one knee. I was overjoyed with excitement as he proposed to me. I was presented with the most beautiful platinum ring ever.
As Ben carefully took it out of the box to place on my finger, he explained that he had designed it himself and had engraved a special note on the inside. The six claws holding the diamond represent the six years we have been together. I couldn't be more happy with my ring and keep hafting to pinch myself at how beautiful and thoughtful it is. And so now we are planning our wedding, not knowing whether we would prefer to do our wedding at home or back in Sorrento.