The fresh orange juice that the Hotel Vesuvio serves for breakfast is very tasty – but it is bright red. Must be from what are known in some countries as “blood oranges”. The weather is very hot and there are hundreds of Italians (including some really sexy sun-tanned women) sunbathing on the rocks across the road from the hotel and on the seawalls next to the Castel dell’Ovo where the General Assembly is being held. The Castel dell’Ovo is a 12th century fortress (which loosely translated means ‘Castle of the Ovaries’) – a very impressive structure but not the best venue for a conference on a hot summer’s day in Italy (air-conditioning was apparently not a standard fixture in the 12th century).
 

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