Friday, March 23, 2012

A Visit to Pompeii...

Our last port before returning to Rome was Naples...
We rented a car...

TheChief drove to Pompeii...
We got a tour guide who spoke English...
Who also turned out to be the best ever!!!

The first stop was in an amphitheater...
if you stood in the middle of the stage area...the sound amplified 
those ancients were pretty darned ingenious!!!

Now we all know that in these ancient times, there weren't any cars...
instead, carts...
these stones were placed at intersections of roads with 
a dual purpose...they protected the pedestrian from 
stepping in mud, water, sludge, etc...
but also were protective in that only carts with certain  
sized wheels could pass...

Now, believe it or not...even in ancient times
life was busy and take out food was available...

They had indoor plumbing...

Now here's something you're not going to find in today's world...
at least not that I'm aware of!!!

The paintings are a menu of what the occupant of the room is willing to 
perform...get my drift???

They were also quite graphic on their street markings...

The group (minus two)

In 1860, Guiseppe Fiorelli realized that spaces were left in the 
ash layer...he realized that these were often spaces left by decomposed
human remains.  He devised a method of injecting plaster into the 
space...the above are examples of that recovery...

Work is still being done...

The group relaxing again after the the tour guide's mother's 
eating spot!!!

She was delightful!!!


  1. Oh Kathy these are marvelous. Year ago our museum had a wonderful Pompeii exhibit but I didn't get there. Now i'm kicking myself.
    What a great series.

  2. What a wonderful trip!

    I didn't realize you were still posting here and I'm glad to see these lovely shots.

  3. What a great time you're having! I've been to Naples, but only for one day and that wasn't nearly long enough.

  4. Love love love your photos Kathy! I thought Pompeii was one of the most interesting places I've ever seen. THis looks like a great trip.

  5. I got your drift!
    Beautiful photos from what looks like a fantastic place. Thanks for sharing as I'll not likely every see it in person.

  6. Beautiful shots, thanks for the virtual tour.

  7. one of the places on my must see list

  8. Loved visiting this wonderful place through your fabulous shots!
    Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

    Have a great day****

  9. What a wonderful, incredible journey you've shared with us.

    Thanks for visiting with me this week...I'm slow in getting back to you because I was ill a couple of days...but I'm sure glad I made the 'trip' via the internet to stop by today!!!

  10. Wonderful series. Great photos to.
    Thanks for the trip.

  11. Blogissasi hienoja Kuva-Sarjoja...
    Värikästä matkailua.
    Katselin mielenkiinnolla.
    Tervehtien Eko

  12. What a wonderful trip! Great photos!
    I would love to know Pompeii...

  13. The header is stunning, breathtaking!

  14. WOW! What an amazing place to visit. I'd love to go to Pompeii. Your header is beautiful.

  15. What a fabulous tour! Thank you.

  16. We went on a trip to Italy in November and one of our stops was Pompeii. I had to chuckle when I saw the picture of your tour guide--we had the same gentleman and I agree, he was the very best. He made our trip there delightful.Such an amazing place!

  17. Wow!!! Well I'm kicking myself for not getting back to my post after posting it!!!
    Thanks so much to all of you for visiting and commenting!!!

  18. Such a interesting and great photo serie!

  19. Great series of photos, brought back memories of our visit to Pompeii.

  20. Thanks for the tour, I hope to get there someday!

  21. Thankyou for the tour. Lucky you being in Pompei. Hope Ill get a chance seeing it once :0)

  22. I have Pompei on my must see list. Your shots make me want to visit all the more.

  23. such an interesting location to visit; enjoyed your photos very much!

  24. That was a fun tour with plumbing and all. It makes a whole lot difference to get a good guide and he looks like an enthusiastic fellow.

  25. What a fantastic place to visit, and looked like everyone had fun. I would love to cruise the Mediterranean some days soon.

  26. Such an excellent adventure you've taken us on...sharing the highlights and beautiful scenes!!!!

  27. What a great trip. Wonderful shots!

  28. Very interesting series of photos and loved the explanations you gave for each one.

  29. It's really amazing what comfy existed already there, while our ancestors still lived in caverns and wore fur !

  30. The Romans were far better educated than many of the surrounding nations. Your post is very interesting, thank you for sharing.

  31. Looks like a wonderful trip. Thanks so much for visiting.

  32. Wonderful shots and good narrative too.

  33. You are truly enriching our lives with your photos and commentary. What a delightful array of travels you share!!

  34. A great take on ancient ways and means, the photos are delightful! Yes, they figured out many things and it was too bad the climate let them down!

  35. That is a truly exciting trip, but I really love your header the most! Thanks for visiting my post.

  36. Now, I want to go. What a fabulous collection of shot. I know I=the nuns would fuss at e for saying this, but at 73 I am very very jealous of you and this trip. I went to Rome and Florence but not here. Now, I am really sorry. I loved each and everyone of your shots. It was like I was there with you. Please send more. genie

  37. Good detailed report :-)
    I remember reading the book "The last days of Pompeii"

  38. What an interesting trip and the place was worth visiting. Thanks for sharing. Now I have seen this place. wonderful!

  39. What a wonderful trip you had--such history and beauty. Thanks for sharing. Mickie :)

  40. Interesting post .... love to go there sometime too :)


  41. The tour guide looks so animated. Love it. My husband and I really want to visit Rome.

  42. Wow that was like taking a vicarious vacation. Wonderful!


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