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    • Day 103

      Week end à Napoli, Week end de folie !

      June 18, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      🌋 La ville de Pompéi se trouvant à quelques kilomètres de Naples, nous en profitons pour faire une journée culturelle pour se balader dans les ruines de cette cité engloutie par le Vésuve en 79 après JC. La découverte des moulages des corps des victimes, retrouvées dans la position où elles sont décédées, est émouvante !

      🍕 On en profite aussi pour déguster des pizzas de renom aux championnats du monde de pizzas. Cette année, les meilleurs pizzaiolo vont tenter de battre le record de la plus longue pizza du monde : qui mesurait, tenez vous bien, 1854m en 2018, malheureusement on est parti avant la réalisation de cette maxi pizza … 🤤

      🌸 Quelques photos pour vous partager le charme de la ville de Naples, connue pour son « chaos organisé » de scooters et ses petites ruelles très en pente et bien animées, qui donnent une magnifique vue sur les îles alentours et le Vésuve.

      ⚠️ Breaking news ⚠️

      L’équipe de Sur les Rails du Climat gagne un nouveau joueur ! Et oui c’est notre petite Marion, également en année de césure, qui décide de nous rejoindre pour ces deux dernières semaines italienne, on est ravi !
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    • Day 414


      August 29, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      We have hired a car because the direct train from Solerno to Pompeii isn’t running this week.

      We can’t believe we are here in Pompeii, a place we have all heard about for years.
      It is more impressive than we could have ever imagined. The size and scale of the city, how well preserved it is and how sophisticated things were 2000 years ago. We love the stepping stones across the old roads that kept the residents feet up out of the dirty roads. The shops had sliding doors as well as counters with built in storage. The homes they lived in were beautiful and had courtyards, water features, mosaics and sculptures.
      Ruby and Colm enlighten us about different Greek and Roman gods when we see a statue of one or walk through a temple dedicated to another. I am amazed how they can recall complicated background stories and family trees of the different Gods they have read about in the books by Rick Riordan and Stephen Fry.
      Throughout the day I find myself looking towards Mount Vesuvius and thinking about the twenty feet of ash that fell and buried this entire city. We visit the casts of bodies found in the garden of the fugitives. It is moving to see them lying down, as they were when their died.
      We stay for most of the day, taking in as much as we can until our minds and bodies are overwhelmed.
      We head to the nearest Gelateria for the cure.
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    • Day 14


      June 27 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Pompei was the next reason for me wanting to stay in the area around Naples. I have always wanted to see the site but was blown away by the actual area it encompasses. We, however, made 3 pivotal mistakes. Firstly, despite the site being open until 7 p.m., we booked an audio guide that had to be returned by 5. We had things to do in the morning and so didn't make it to Pompei until 2pm, I had not considered the fact that audio guide would close before the site but it heavily impacted how long we could stay inside. Secondly, Stef recommended that I try a fried pizza while near Naples, and when we found somewhere that sold them, we grabbed one each. The main issue that arose from this was the incredible size and quantity of grease that came with it. Quite literally the last thing you would want before walking around Pompei in midday heat. Despite being very good, the timing was horrible. The third mistake was not checking the map before we started to walk around. Although I knew we would be restricted by time, I underestimated the size of the site and figured we could get through it all in 3 hours. In the end, we spent probably an hour in the just the houses part of the city and realised the monuments on the other side would be considerably more interesting, but even the trek to the other side of the site took ages. We then had to rush through the amphitheatres and collosseums, but we did end up seeing everything we wanted. A bit of extra time at these final sites would have been nice, but by the end of it, I think Jack had pretty much had enough anyway. Overall, I am very glad we went, but a bit of better planning probably could have made the experience a bit better. The audio guide wasn't as effective as I had hoped either, as it was difficult to understand what they were referring to when discussing different aspects of each area. Not to mention, they kept saying we should walk through different areas of the site that we did not have access to. I'm not sure if we had come on the wrong day where most things were shut or if they simply only open small sections at a time. Either way, it did slightly take away from the experience as we could only listen to what was inside and try and match with different things that we likely couldn't even see. It is difficult to comprehend how well preserved this site is given the age. Especially given the size, you could see how functional and effective it must have been running at one time. The site was breathtaking, and I hope to return one day and do it on a proper tour. Although we had these as options, they cheap ones only went for 2 hours, and I feel as though they would overlook some aspects that would be interesting. Next time, I will get a proper tour that isn't rushed.

      By the end of this, we were beat and ready to head to bed, so we caught the train back and did exactly that.
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    • Day 7

      Día de transportes 🚏

      May 18 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Hoy nos esperan mil y un transportes. Bien prontito, cogemos el primero: un tren 🚄 hacia Nápoles, café en mano por supuesto ☕. Después de un metro, mucho estrés y sufrimiento (qué buen ambiente) llegamos por los pelos al segundo: era un ferry a Positano, pero lo cancelan por mal tiempo y nos dan otro hasta Amalfi. Lo que nos viene estupendamente, porque era donde queríamos ir 🤗. Todo sale bien ✨. El trayecto es muy movido, con muchos saltos en el agua, y la gente empieza a vomitar en efecto dominó. Pero nosotras vamos bastante bien ✌🏼. Mamá incluso ayuda a la chica de al lado, proporcionándole bolsas y toallitas, y luego echando colonia 😂.Read more

    • Day 19


      April 23, 2016 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Day 19 and 20
      I arrived in Sorrento.
      It's a small but very nice town.
      It is full of tourists.

      In my first day i wondered the streets and shops and had some fantastic roast pork and potato pizza.

      2nd day i went to the Pompeii ruins.
      Now i under estimated how big the ruins actually were.
      You literally walk the whole city.
      Took me a solid 5 hours.

      But mainly its just streets and streets of broken houses.
      I thought that there would be a museum type section that would house the bodys and what not. I was wrong.
      You had to walk, normally there'd only be 1 cast.
      But 1 house had 9 people.
      A lot of the bodies they found they moved to a museum in Naples.
      I didnt take that many photos as it all kinda looked the same.
      After a long day im very tired. But still enough energy to get more pizza.
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    • Day 7

      Bella Italia - Ercolano / Pompeii

      June 29, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Nur eine halbe Stunde von Neapel entfernt liegen zwei UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Stätten. Die Ruinen von Pompeii sowie die von Ercolano (Herculaneum). Pompeii wurde vor etwa 2000 Jahren beim Ausbruch des Vesuvs komplett zerstört, heiße Asche ließ alle Bauten kollabieren und tötete viele Menschen. Ercolano ist zwar viel kleiner, aber dort sind die Gebäude seinerzeit nicht eingestürzt, da dort schichtweise heißer Schlamm die Stadt verschlungen hat. Insofern ist dort weitaus besser zu sehen wie die Häuser damals ausgesehen haben und viele Fresken sind noch erhalten geblieben.
      Ein interessanter Ausflug, aber auch sehr anstrengend und heiß 8 Stunden in den Ruinen rumzuklettern.
      Danach gab es zur Belohnung eine letzte Pizza aus der bekannten Pizzeria da Michele in Napoli. 🍕
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    • Day 5

      ... in Pompei

      May 11, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      nach unzähligen Geschichten über Pompes wollten wir uns die Ausgrabungsstätte mal anschauen und waren erstaunt über die Gewaltige Größe der einstigen stolzen Stadt... Ein bisschen betrübt hat uns eher das so viele Ruinen mit heutigen Baumaterialien nachgebessert wurden so das man genau sieht was original ist und was nicht. Aber umso weiter wir zum Palast kamen umso mehr war im Originalzustand erhalten und wir haben einen ehrfürchtigen Einblick in den Reichtum dieser Stadt bekommen... Wir hatten herrliches Wetter und einen fast perfekten Blick auf den "Übeltäter" dieser Ruinenstadt...

      Dopo tantissime storie su Pompei anche noi volevamo vedere i scavi e siamo rimasti affascinati dalla dimensione potente di questa orgogliosa città ... Un po 'ci ha rattristato piuttosto che tante rovine sono state ritoccate con i materiali da costruzione di oggi in modo che si vede solo ciò che è originale e ciò che non è. Ma più ci siamo avvicinati al palazzo, più era tutto nelle sue condizioni originale e abbiamo ottenuto una panoramica impressionante in tutto la forza di questa città ... Abbiamo avuto bell tempo e una vista quasi perfetta al "colpevole" di questa città in rovina ...
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    • Day 23

      Pompeii Part I

      May 6, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Warning: Long post ahead!

      This is the highlight of the trip so far, according to Flora. She is a lover of ancient history, especially ones of archaeological nature. We got a tour guide to show us around after numerous advice from people that have visited before. A very wise decision indeed.

      First established in 6-7th century BC, Pompeii was engulfed in a thick layer of ash and lava when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Pompeii was downwind of the eruption and bore the brunt of the first phase of the eruption. However, what survived the onslaught of debris was preserved very well. We started in the auditoriums in which the Pompeiians would have enjoyed a day of entertainment. Much of the stone seats were preserved.

      It is amazing how much archaeologists have managed to deduce from their findings. As we walked through the streets of Pompeii, the tour guide pointed out the impressions in the stone made by wagon wheels back when Pompeii was an important, bustling city. We touched the bricks and mortar of the city which was more than 2000 years old. Can you imagine touching something that old? These guys sure know how to build things that last.

      The more we looked, the more in awe we were of this ancient civilisation. They have thought of everything: advanced plumbing system, drainage, stepping stones on roads so pedestrians crossing puddles in the road wouldn’t get wet, public baths, public toilets, shops that sold food like modern-day cafeterias, even brothels!

      Shops selling food still had their thermopolium (or counters) intact. These were often clad with different pieces of marble. Over 2000 years ago, the Pompeiians were already making marble benchtops! Some of the thermopolia were so well preserved that the marble was in excellent condition and the earthenware jars (or dolia as they were known) that are embedded in them to keep hot food were still completely intact. Curry, anyone?

      The guide took us to a seedy part of the city where brothels were in abundance. How did one know that a house contained a prostitute? Easy, just look out for the stone penis that hung above the door (no joke!). There is believed to have only been one purpose-built brothel. Lupanare was a two-storey brothel with small, cramped, windowless rooms for entertaining clients. In each room, there was a stone bed where a mattress would have laid to render sexual services. On the walls, there were erotic paintings or frescoes that have been extremely well-preserved. These showed all manners of sexual positions, assumed to be somewhat of a menu of the services offered. There were lots of chuckles when we saw this.

      The public baths cut a very different picture. It was a very large compound, complete with male and female change-rooms. Male and female hot baths were separated. The warm and hot baths were heated by a furnace behind the wall which fed pipes underneath the bath floors. The mosaics and frescoes that remain were astounding.

      Finally, we came to a warehouse where archaeologists have stored all the earthenware, statues and tables uncovered during careful excavations. Amongst the collection, there were some plaster casts of victims of the eruption. In 1864, Giuseppe Fiorelli, the director of excavations, discovered a technique to capture body shapes trapped in volcanic ash after soft tissues had decayed. He instructed his diggers to pour plaster into hollow pockets, let them dry for a few days before chipping away at the volcanic ash to reveal whole plaster cast of victims at the time of their death. CT scans of some of these plaster casts have since revealed near-complete skeletons and full sets of teeth.

      As I look at Mount Vesuvius from the ancient square, I can’t imagine the terror felt by Pompeii’s inhabitants as they watched volcanic ash and lava spewing out of its mouth. It is the only active volcano on the European mainland and it is a matter of time before it erupts again. The last eruption was in 1944 but it was not destructive. There are approximately 3 million people living within the red zone of Vesuvius. With the chaotic traffic in the area, one would hope that the authorities have got a bulletproof (or volcano-proof) evacuation plan.

      There is so much to write about Pompeii, but perhaps it is better told through photos. Flora could have spent days just roaming around this ancient city. If you appreciate ancient history, this city should be on your bucket list.
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    • Day 4


      May 14, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      On our final full day in beautiful Italy, we woke up bright, and early, and went to Pompeii. Originally we planned to spend a few hours in Pompeii, and then check out the museum, or go to Sorrento. This, however, did not work out because Pompeii is huge! We did not expect it to be as big as it was, and we actually ended up being there until it closed.

      We recommend getting a tour guide, because it'll give you a better chance to appreciate everything just a little bit more. We did not have one, and ended up just going building to building. While this did not take anything away from Pompeii, we do wish we knew more about some of the buildings we were looking at.

      Pompeii is an incredible place to be, especially when considering the history of it, and to see Mount Vesuvius in the background just makes the entire experience more interesting. To see the bodies that have been frozen in time only makes you wonder what these people were thinking when the volcano erupted.

      All that being said, if you're planning a trip to Italy, consider going to Pompeii, but plan to be there a long time.
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    • Day 18


      June 9, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Da für diesen Tag wieder unbeständiges Wetter für die Küste angesagt wurde, schmissen wir unseren Plan nach Capri zu fahren über Bord und entschieden uns nach Pompeii zu fahren. Dort war für den Tag viel Sonne angesagt und so war es auch. Auf dem Weg fuhren wir die Amalfiküste weiter runter, an Sorrento und auch Meta vorbei, wo unsere nächste Station lag. Aber dazu erfahrt ihr die anderen Tage mehr.
      Es war wieder eine Sehenswürdigkeit, in der uns der "Corona Zustand" einen Einblick verschaffe, den wir so wahrscheinlich nie wieder erleben können. Der Tourismus war noch nicht wieder angelaufen und so war auch der Andrang auf Pompeii überschaubar. Um diese Gelegenheit perfekt zu gestalten, entschieden wir uns gegen eine Audio Führung und für eine Dame mit 40 Jahren Pompeii Erfahrung. Angesetzt war die Führung für knappe 2 Stunden, aus welchem aber 3,5 Stunden auf gutem Deutsch und bester Unterhaltung wurden. Es kam so rüber als wäre es ihr Territorium, sie wurde von jedem gegrüßt und half herumirrenden Touristen fröhlich auf Deutsch, Französisch, Englisch oder Italienisch. Wir waren also mit einem Urgestein aus Pompeii unterwegs, die uns auch nicht die herkömmlichen Geschichten erzählte sondern uns viele Feinheiten und andere Einblicke verschaffte. Ohne sie wären wir definitiv ganz anders dort durchgelaufen und ab diesem Tag betrachten wir altes Gestein ganz anders. Die Lehrstunden haben also etwas gebracht 😄
      Da sie nicht mehr so gut auf den Beinen war und uns zwischenzeitlich auch was leid tat, war die Tour dann auch irgendwann zu Ende. Ab dann gab sie uns noch eine Empfehlung, was wir noch alles berichten sollten und verschwand. Wir liefen also noch einige Punkte ab und konnten uns Dank ihr auch sehr gut am Versuv auf der einen und den Apenninien auf der anderen Seite orientieren. Von Zeit zu Zeit wurde es etwas dunkler und der Wind wurde stärker, es zog ein Gewitter auf. Wir machten uns also auf Richtung Ausgang und es war auch höchste Zeit. Als wir den Parkplatz verließen fing es an in Strömen zu gießen. Das Video zeigt den Regenfall ganz gut. Die Straßen liefen voll mit Wasser und wir fuhren durch riesige Fützen. Richtung Küste wurde es aber Gott sei Dank weniger. Durch den Hunger getrieben wollten wir nicht direkt zurück nach Positano sondern hielten an dem Strand von Meta der Ciros Bruder gehört (Ciro ist der Chef des italienischen Restaurants in Lank in dem Julia viele Jahre gekellnert hat). Mit Blick aufs Meer genossen wir bei einem kurzen Regenschauer die Aussicht auf die Küste und stärkten uns mit einem Café und ein paar Kleinigkeiten. Unsere Unterkunft für die kommenden Tage lag nur 1km entfernt und so planten wir am nächste Tag wieder zu kommen und uns auf die faule haut zu legen.
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