Pompei and Mount Vesuvius

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, Campania,
Friday, June 8, 2012

Ok so Friday June 8th I headed of down the Highway of the sun towards Naples on my way to Mount Vesuvius, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to its continued activity and proximity to civilization. Of course it gets it's fame as the volcano that buried pompeii and changed the Italian coastline forever. The mountain that remains today is roughly half the size of the mount when it erupted in 79ad and covered the roman settlement of Pompei with around 27 feet of ash and material. So we went as far as we could by bus and completed the remaining 200m vertically to the top on foot. The views from the top were amazing. Both of the crater and of the bay of Naples. After conquering the volcano we headed off down to pompeii (modern) for lunch and a cold drink. After lunch it was time for our guided to of the ruins of pompei. This was indeed like stepping back in time. Hotels, restaurants, taverns, baths, theaters, brothels and everything in between frozen in time the day the volcano erupted and covered this roman city. When I eventually get a chance to upload the photos please note the people in the cases are not actual people. The bodies decayed overtime and left a void in the solidified ash and the archeologists made plaster casts in these voids and thus were able to make plaster people as they were in their final resting place. The history of pompei is an amazing one and very glad I did the trip down. The bus ride back was long but definitely worth it for the experience.

Thought of the day:
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Lukey B
A Baker Abroad
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