Thursday, September 27, 2012

Naples and Pompei - day 8

Some of the European cities we visited on this trip I have been too as long ago as 1980, but I have always wanted but not been yet to Pompei. This is because I studied Latin at University and one of the major Latin exercises involved translating passages from the books of the time of the Roman Empire. Several of these involved the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on my birthdate 24th August AD 79 (AD also being by name initials btw), which entombed the town of Pompei.
The walls of Pompei

Whole rooms are preserved even with their murals and wall paintings and this ancient hot tub

These urns recessed in the surfaces appear to be the kitchen ovens

Several entombed bodies 2000 years old are on display

I'm pointing to Mount Vesuvius which overlooks the city of Pompei. The lava flow killed 3000 citizens in an unstoppable wave. The mountain erupted again in the 1600's and again during the 2nd World War.

Sex symbols were evident in the ruins which gave rise to a hoard of curios depicting the same, alongside pottery and other souvrenirs.

We lined up in Pompei in the colours of the Italian flag

A classic photo of Naples from the ridge with Mount Vesuvius in the distance

Incredible ceilings and glass and metal roof in Naples

The buildings and walkways were in pretty poor state in Naples

Kate-Lynn recommended well that we look for a Canolo in Italy.. yummy like a custard slice in a icecream cone textured roll

Naples of course is the city where the pizza was invented and mighty fine it was too

A drawing we dubbed Pizza Smurf

Our Naples "Italian" restaurant with the tiled mural of early Naples and Mt Vesuvius

We did some good clothing shopping in Naples - here's some jeans I chose for my son

Gelati is what Italy is also famous for and we loved them

Each harbour we entered was already host to several cruise ships - 7 or 8 max and they were arriving and sailing daily

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