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  • Day11

    Pompeii

    May 18 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Today we set off by Metro using our Campania cards, which gave us free travel and museum entry in the Naples area. We took the train headed toward Sorrento, as instructed, but unfortunately we got on the wrong line. Along with two other sets of tourists, a father and son and a couple, we decided to all get off together, at what we then found was a largely abandon station! Anyway, the correct train eventually arrived, and we arrived at the correct station, and headed to Scavi Vesuvi - the ruins of Pompeii.

    Pompeii was quite a large city, with a big amphitheatre and 25 brothels! There are many taverns, bakeries and temples surrounding the forum and the basilica.

    It must have been a very malodorous city, with the inset cobbled roads with ruts of cartwheels intact (see photo) , and raised stepping stones intermittently to protect the feet from the sewage that must have flowed in the streets!

    The casts of the bodies found were eerie, but very interesting. We spent several hours here, along with many many other tourists (it was a very busy Saturday), then headed towards our next stop, Herculaneum.
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  • Day272

    Pompeii

    March 25, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Camping Zeus was only a few hundred meters away from the entrance to Pompei ruins. The entrance ticket only entitled us to one entry, so with a picnic in our bag and camera in hand we headed in. The site was huge, but we took it one bit at a time, looking first at the covered baths whose walls depicted erotic art deemed unsuitable for children by the Vatican. We like to think of ourselves as quite liberal minded but in this case there may have been some justification, as even Will wouldd have classed it as pornography rather than erotic art!

    There was a mixture of emotions looking round, in one sense it was amazing to see the remains of such a large Roman settlement (20,000 people) so well preserved. In another sense, the reason for this state of preservation is so tragic. Despite the majority of residents having been evacuated, it is thought that some 2000 people perished here when Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the town back in 79AD.

    Continuing further into the ruined city we saw room after ordinary room, helping to build up the impression of a functioning civilisation, an element that wasn't present at other Roman sites where the sole focus was on a large Amphitheatre or grand temple. Alongside the houses there was a basilica, a market place and several temples, their tall columns in various states of preservation. Large smooth dark cobblestones, sometimes interspersed with flecks of white marble, lined roads between the buildings. Will was particularly interested in the 'house of geometric mosaics' where the floor of each room displayed a different design. While the high walls often obscured any view beyond the city, the assembly areas frequently had a view of the still active Vesuvius volcano that wreaked such devastation.

    At around midday we were on the lookout for somewhere to eat our picnic when Will partially lost vision in both eyes. He had experienced this nearly a year ago and it had been diagnosed as a TIA (mini stroke). It lasted for around 30 minutes and had returned to normal when the site doctor and nurse arrived to check his blood pressure and pulse. They advised we go to hospital and called an ambulance that arrived at the entrance. The paramedics checked his vitals but by this time the site doctor had left us. The crew asked whether he had been wearing a hat and had drunk water, both of which we confirmed, but because there were no lasting symptoms, they advised we return to the van and have something to eat in the shade. It was a good thing Will had his European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with him! We have been attempting to live healthier lives since last year's TIA but will redouble our efforts in light of today's sobering experience.
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  • Day271

    The Amalfi Coast and Camping Zeus

    March 24, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Our aim today was to drive the Amalfi Coast road. We zipped up the motorway to the start of this famously stunning peninsula and set out on the route that would lead us around its perimeter.

    From this point onwards driving became extremely difficult, the road was of a width that we could pass cars most of the time if we slowed right down and breathed in. Sometimes it wasn't wide enough, so required constant forward planning about possible places to stop in order that we might fit. Towns were worse due to bad parking and people wandering into the roadway without looking or simply using it as a convenient place to stand and chat with their group of amici. Another complicating factor were the overhanging balconies or rockfaces that meant we couldn't pull over to the side of the road because the top of the van would collide with them. Not that the oncoming cars took consideration of this.

    Other places have been difficult to drive and forced us to go slow, but there seemed a real impatience and rush about the other drivers here that wasn't just directed towards us, but any vehicle in front of them that was moving at a pace slower than they thought they could go. As soon as they came up behind they would toot their horns and continue doing it until they could pass- not the easiest of things to do when the angle of the bends often necessitated us to use the other side of the road so as not to scrape the van.

    It wasn't just the car drivers that were bad, bus drivers were very stressed and were often worse at blasting their loud horns, demanding that we pull over at some bend and allow them to overtake. Convex mirrors were everywhere in an attempt to give people advance notice of what was around the bend, but many had been involved in collisions and were either smashed or skewed at such an angle they weren't much use to anyone. One town we came across had a dodgems ride which we sarcastically suggested might be a training facility for local teenagers in preparation for the real thing!

    Poor Will was at the wheel and didn't really get to admire the incredible scenery. The precipitous bare faced cliffs rose dramatically from the sea and civilisation had often been carved out of the rock. Lemon tree plantations, most of them covered in black nets, grew on sharp terraces that stepped up the slopes. Towns huddled in the bays created by narrow rivers cutting a deep course through hundreds of meters of rock until they reached the Tyrrenian. On the seaward side, a vast expanse of rich blue spread out until it encountered a mist (possibly pollution) that shrouded the base of the distant peaks, viewed only in grey silhouette. There was a unique beauty about the area that we were wowed with, despite the white knuckle driving.

    In the end, we were pulled over by the Carabinieri who informed us that motorhomes weren't allowed on the main road between 6am and midnight. They could tell by our pale, overstressed faces that we didn't know this and said they wouldn't fine us, but would escort us to an exit where we could escape the madness (our words, not theirs).

    Climbing up the cliff, the road became gradually wider and quieter and we were very grateful to the police! We stopped off so Will could buy an espresso, then found a pizzarria that did takeout for lunch. Sitting in the van eating a Neopolitan each, we calmed down enough to drive the 30km to Pompeii, where we planned to spend the night. Yet another stopover was closed down so we returned to a site called Camping Zeus, that we'd seen advertised near the entrance to the Pompeii ruins. Being so close to this historic place we were worried they would charge exorbitant prices and be overcrowded and noisy, but found that €18 was an acceptable price and were pleasantly surprised when we were able to park up on grass in an orange grove with no near neighbours. We got the chairs and Poppy's bed out and relaxed in the dappled shade until the sun went down, listening to the evening chorus as the blackbirds hopped about looking for worms and a mate. The good news is that after enforced rest, Poppy is feeling a lot better and able to get about without falling.
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  • Day161

    Die Ruinen von Pompeji

    February 18 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Weil der gestirge Tag schon sehr anstrengend war, hatten wir uns für heute "nur" Pompeji vorgenommen. Deshalb konnten wir heute auch wieder bis 8 Uhr schlafen.

    Die antike Stadt wurde bei einem großen Ausburch des Vesuvs im Jahr 79 n. Chr. von Vulkanasche weitgehend verschüttet und dadruch konserviert. Und so finden sich auf dem großen Areal verschiedenste Stadtteile, in denen allerlei Antikes besichtigt werden kann. Neben den gut erhaltenen Häusern und Straßen ist das beeindruckendsde wohl die mumifizierten Leichen, welche sich noch in der Körperhaltung befinden in der die Menschen von der Aschewolke erwischt worden.

    Nach knappen 5h Besichtigung fuhren wir zurück zum Airbnb und ließen uns von unserem Gastgeber ein Restaurant für den Abend empfehlen. Dort speisten wir dann zu später Stunde und obwohl es leider keine Pasta auf der Karte gab, dass Panini eher wie ein Burger anmutete und der eigentlich Burger nur aus Fleisch und daneben liegenden Kartoffeln bestand, sind wir alle satt geworden.
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  • Day6

    Pompeji

    May 8 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Wir sind in Pompeji angekommen. Der Campingplatz Fortuna Village ist recht ordendlich und für €27,- den Preis wert.

    Nachdem wir unsere Vorräte wieder aufgefüllt haben gehts zum Sightseeing. Der Eintritt war sogar kostenlos. Das NO CANE Schild wurde gekonnt ignoriert damit der Charly mit kommen kann. Pompeji war ganz lässig und interessant! Leider war kein Guide verfügbar.

    Was auf der ganzen Reise noch gar nicht aufm Speiseplan war ist eine Wagenradgroße Pizza. 🍕 Das wird umgehend geändert!
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  • Day52

    Pompei

    May 29, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    We picked our B&B so we could visit the "scavi" at Pompeii. This is the Italian name for the excavations at Pompeii. We had previously read somewhere that Pompeii may not stay open to the public as the constant traffic is damaging the protection of the artefacts. "In June 2013 UNESCO declared: If restoration and preservation works “fail to deliver substantial progress in the next two years,” Pompeii could be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger." (from good old wikipedia!) We had no choice really but to ensure that we made a visit.

    The place is huge.. easy to forget that it is a whole city that was destroyed and therefore we underestimated the five hours that we would be walking around! The city foundations themselves are well preserved, showing how the city would have been laid out. For the first time we purchased audio guides (gotta be careful of the budget!) to show us around. The history of Pompeii and the age of the artefacts is quite incredible but I am beginning to realise that any type of archaeology is just not for me. Stuart on the other hand finds it fascinating and therefore for anyone else who probably would be interested, it is worth going while you have the chance.
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  • Day5

    Pompei

    May 15 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    A little lie in before getting the train to Pompei. The service to Pompei is excellent, 2 euro and 40 minutes you are there.

    The weather is a bit changeable between rain and lovely sunshine. That does not dampen the spirits or the splender of the ruins. I was amazed by the extent of the ruins. I was walking round for about 4 hours and I still did see everything. Could of wandered round of another 4 hours and I don’t think I would of seen everythingRead more

  • Day2

    Pompeii

    May 2, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    After a good night with only small need for ear plugs, we set off for Garibaldi Station to catch the train to Pompeii. We caught the 10.07 and enjoyed coastal views. Arriving at Pompeii we took the shuttle to the archaeological site. After €5 a cup Cafes we entered the old ruined city and were blown away by the scale, not only of the size of the whole site but the scale of the buildings and state of preservation. The whole place was truly amazing.
    We entered by the teatro which also housed the gladiators accommodation, the teatro had a roof originally to improve acoustics. There is roman grafitti in the plaster walls as you leave. Then we were on to well-worn Roman streets on a neat grid system, the surface made of large fitted stones of lava and you could also see tracks worn by carts and there are stepping stone to aid pedestrian crossing. There are countless grand villas, with entrances ways decorated with mosaics, atria with pool beneath, tables, beautiful decorated walls and gardens to the rear. There is a laundry and several fast-food outlets. A vineyard, orchard and huge enclosed training ground. At the far end is the 20,000 seat amfiteatro, the first ever and half sunk in the ground, so you go down through a tunnel to enter.
    Lunch was of local cheeses and salad on stone seats. Then we crossed the city towards the Forum and central temples. The city was famously enveloped by pyroclastic ash and gas cloud in 79 AD. This killed the occupants who were taken by surprise, and buried buildings for nearly 2,000 years, preserving many things as they were.
    The scale and sophistication defy description.
    Our journey back was by the Cicumvesuvium line, which was much more crowded and basic than going. Quick supermarket sweep and we dined on chicken and chips with local Fiano and Malvasia Nera wine.
    The day was not done as we found a small bar for post dinner drinks, grappa, beer and watery carafe of wine. Liverpool just scraped past Roma into the final of the Champions League.
    The locals outside the bar opposite get louder as the evening progressed and were still going strong at 3am, making the ear plugs provided an essential.
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