12 Sep 2013

Europe 2013 – One Night in Napoli

NOTE: I’m writing about our 2013 European holidays. You can read the first part here.

caravaggio hotel napoli

antica Napoli

caravaggio hotel napoli entrance

15th June 2013

The Park Inn hotel receptionist, to our request the night before, phoned us around twenty past four. I quietly changed AOI, she was still in dreamland. AMI and I got ready just in time to catch the quarter to five bus to terminal 4. AOI woke up few minutes before we arrived at the terminal. She didn’t sleep again until we landed in Roma, where we had to take our connecting flight to Napoli.

Few days before our European trip my daughter had phobia of plane noises. She would scream and run to hug me tightly. But our trip cured her from the phobia. She was just in awe to be so close to planes. She kept saying “Plane, plane, plane” with her big brown eyes wide open and a grin.

Once in Roma AOI fell asleep, again, for tow hours while we waited for the plane connection to Napoli. She woke up as we were getting on the plane. She didn’t sleep until half past seven, soon after her dinner.

My father in law booked the hotel for. I was so impressed when I heard that we were going to be staying at Hotel Caravaggio, a four stars hotel right in the middle of antica Napoli {Napoli historical centre}. The only word I can use to describe the room we stayed in is majestic. I was raptured by the high-high wooden ceiling, the vintage light shade, the thick solid wooden window panels and by the sheer fact that it is right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Napoli historical centre.

antica napoli 2

The noise and voices of Napoli historical centre soothed us to sleep. We woke up before midnight, when the street cleaners were cleaning the noisy city which didn’t sound as if ready to sleep.

I’ve never been to New York so I can’t compare sleepless antica Napoli to the bustle of the big apple. However, I’ve been to Kuala Lumpur. In this city the mixture of heat, perpetual ringing of clacson of cars, scooters and rickchaws kept me awake most of the night eight years before. In the middle of the night in antica Napoli I felt as if in Kuala Lumpur city again.

AOI couldn’t sleep either. She cried. I was worried that we were going to have a sleepless night ourselves but thanks to the prairie lullabies and cuddles we all fell asleep before one am.

Next day, the morning rays filtering through the thick solid wooden panels and the chit-chatting of Napoli dialect urged us to wake.

I felt blessed to be swimming in such a wonderful pool of light and human voices.

a room with a view


  1. gosh i need to visit Europe again...seeing your pictures just reminded me how gorgeous the buildings and scenery are.

  2. Beautiful!! And don't you love it how they push two beds together in European hotels?


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