Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
Trip End Sep 20, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Thursday, September 18, 2008

10:32 PM
     Hey! I'm finally relaxing after a busy day! We got up early and headed off after breakfast. We drove for about a half-hour before we arrived in Pompeii. Just getting off the bus, you could see the ruined Roman villas peaking out at you from behind the trees. We had a short restroom/drink break before we met up again with Sabrina for today's tour of ancient Pompeii. Outside of Pompeii,  the ancient walls still towered above the landscape. We entered through a gate toward the center of the walls and I was stunned at how well Pompeii was preserved.
     The piazza was only missing the Romans and their culture (certainly not international tourists). I saw 2 amphitheaters and took a group picture in the smaller of the two. I took load of pictures today I saw a rich man's villa and it was so shocking. The frescos looked almost new considering they were 2,000 years old. The house was only missing the original roof - still-standing walls and mosaic floors were still intact. Roman streets, even with sidewalks and stepping stones (ancient cross-walks), are still there. They're still bumpy and uneven, but the Romans were the last to use them 18 centuries ago. No joke, the only thing that was missing was the roofs and the ancient people of Pompeii. All the buildings still standing or at least the first level and foundations. Empty streets give the feeling of a ghost town. I saw a lot in the resurrected town, but I'll mention what stood out to me. I loved the forum where there was a bunch of columns (but way too many people). I enjoyed walking along the streets like the ancient Pompeians used to. I enjoyed seeing so much history contained by a catastrophe. I liked learning so much but I wished I could have stayed forever (or at least 6 more hours). After seeing the wonderful city of Pompeii, I had a sandwich for lunch and did some shopping. At 12:45, we boarded the bus and drove for about an hour to Naples.
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