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    • Day 17


      November 24, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Die Römische Stadt Pompei wurde im Jahr 79 n.Chr. durch eine heftige Eruption des Vesuvs völlig zerstört. Die Ausgrabungen geben Aufschluss wie damals gelebt und gearbeitet wurde.
      Nach der ausgiebigen Besichtigung des riesigen Geländes haben wir Lust auf Natur. Wir fahren zu einem Platz auf der Halbinsel Sorent. Die Fahrt endet nach einer langen kurvenreichen schmalen Strecke dann auf dem Monte Faito in 1200 m Höhe mit einer tollen Aussicht und guten Wandermöglichkeiten.Read more

    • Day 224

      Pompei antica

      November 15, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Ich besichtige heute die beeindruckende Ausgrabungsstätte des antiken Pompeji, das nach dem Ausbruch des Vesuv im Jahre 79 unter meterdicken Schichten vulkanischer Asche und Gestein konserviert wurde.
      Dank der umfangreichen archäologischen Arbeiten der vergangenen Jahrhunderte, kann ich mir heute einen ziemlich realitätsnah Eindruck der Stadt verschaffen. Dabei reicht die Bandbreite von großen öffentlichen Bauten, wie Tempeln, Thermen oder Verwaltungsgebäuden, über teilweise rekonstruierte Wohnhäuser mit schönen Gärten, bis hin zu Details wie Mosaike und Fresken.
      Mit großer Faszination durchstreife ich den öffentlichen Stadtraum, der vom riesigen Forum dominiert und durch interessante Straßengestaltungen geprägt wird. Immer wieder zieht es mich ins Innere der Gebäudereste, in denen es jeweils etwas Neues zu entdecken gibt. Dabei kommt mein Fotoapparat, genau wie ich, kaum zur Ruhe und schließlich merke ich erst anhand meiner Ermüdung, wie schnell die Zeit vergangen ist.
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    • Day 9

      Our deii at Pompeii

      May 23, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Pompeii was a special experience. I have more of an appreciation of how the ancient Romans lived and a great deal more respect for the level of sophistication of their painting — one house (domo) we saw had extremely well-preserved frescos that had a level of detail and use of shading and light that I didn’t know the Romans produced, on par with Renaissance works IMO, and on the walls of a private albeit very wealthy living room.
      Highlights include: the sex menu at the bath house, the bakery, the original bowls of pigments, the phallic imagery (scale of penis vs money bag), walking in the forum, the mythic images, realizing how short they were (lead poisoning), and the mosaic floors (“beware of dog”)
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    • Day 5

      Tagesexkursion Ausgrabungen von Pompei

      January 6, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Ein Tag voll mit Kunst, Historie, Phallus und Mythologie. Absolut ein Traum, es versetzt einen 2000 Jahre gefühlt zurück auf den Basaltstrassen der Stadt zu wandeln. Das Thermalbad oder Freudenhaus zu besuchen war auch ein Highlight. Nur die Bühne des Theatro Grande durften wir nicht erobern, dafür die Tribüne. Und im Amphitheater haben wir uns mal kurz gefühlt wie mächtige Gladiatoren die bereit sind dem Volk eine fette Show zu kredenzen.
      Alles in allem sehr cool, da unsere Gruppe aus uns und unserer Guida Diana bestand. Man kann sagen wir haben ne VIP Führung bekommen 😆.
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    • Day 21

      Pompeii misc

      January 10, 2023 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 50 °F

      What a fun day we had exploring Pompeii! The first and last time I was here was 2011. Larry and I were here during our honeymoon.

      It amazes me to see tile work from 2000 years ago and have it in such good shape!Read more

    • Day 4

      Pit Stop: Pompeii 🌋

      September 11, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Thankfully, this morning, we found a half decent coffee shop with fresh pastries 🥐 available at typical European prices… Two coffees, and two fresh croissants for under five euro 💶 Not many things in life are certain, but, one thing I know for sure, ‘Faulty Towers’ in “… the Dandenong of Rome…” (…as a fellow traveler 🧳 dubbed it: apologies to any friends In Dandenong) will never 👎🏻 have the pleasure of my company again 😝😉

      Over the next week we are visiting 4 different regions in the south of Italy 🇮🇹 - different languages, cultures and food. Italy is a united country but diverse and divided due to people coming from so many different countries by boat 🚤 in historical barbarian arrivals (Albania, Greece, Yugoslavia…) This is why the architecture is so different & unique.

      First stop: the ancient city of Pompeii where 1000’s of people were frozen in time in when Mt Vesuvius spewed volcanic gas & ash and buried an entire civilisation. It has been held that the lives of ancient Pompeiians were tragically cut short on Aug. 24, A.D. 79, when Mount Vesuvius unleashed its fury, smothering Pompeii and other cities along its perimeter with volcanic debris.

      My choice of footwear, being sandals was not the best idea on the metres and metres of cobblestone alleyways that used to be the roads in Pompeii. There are many images of bricks 🧱 mortar, stones and frescoes that may be slightly monotonous to anyone who hasn’t experienced the lost city but hopefully 🤞 some may be of interest.

      Another extremely hot 🥵 day and lots of walking in the hottest part of the day… it felt like we were walking on hot 🔥 lava!

      It was interesting to hear that the people of Pompeii were very fluid with their sexuality & sexual activity… Anything goes/went! 😱😝😳

      Fun/sad fact: When Vesuvius erupted it shot ash and gases 30km into the shy for 12 hours! Gas instantly killed anyone who wasn’t already covered with ash and debris. Terrifying 🌋
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    • Day 31

      Naples. Sorrento. Pompeii and penises.

      December 3, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      A most anticipated destination of my trip. Naples. Mt Vesuvius, and the ancient ruins of Pompeii.

      This post may be NSFW (not safe for work) 🔞 🤣.

      I disembark after a morning debrief with Ian. G'day mate exchanges and all that. I join a tour for the day to explore seaside Sorrento with a cheese making class and farm to plate lunch. It is spectacular, and I take note to source some rennet once I'm home. Imma gonna make a the mozzarella like a Nonna. I've made ricotta before. I'm excited, though, must show restraint as my love for cheese is eternal.

      I happen upon a jazz band in the streets of Sorrento and am swept away by the zest for life Italians have. Their joy is contagious. I wonder if I'm viewing Italy through holiday mode, or if everyone is just happy because they enjoy their caffeine and carbs! I think their antidote is walking everywhere. I do that a lot, too, and pray my final week in Italy is not the final week my beloved Levis will fit. I must keep up my running.

      We arrive at Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, peeking behind. This ancient city is a sight to behold, and the preservation of these ruins is meticulous. Take note, Egypt. Take note.

      We amble through the streets and learn the history of Pompeii from our tour guide Luigi (why are all Italian men Luigi? I note with humour, our coach driver is named Mario. Of course!).

      We begin in downtown Pompeii and explore what once were shop fronts. A wood fired oven for baking bread, long before the blessed union of tomatoes and cheese for the pizza. We explore the baths with gymnasium arenas. Work out, then bathe. Opulent and ingenious. Led pipes for heated water. Sculpted walls to ensure condensation is channelled. I am in awe of the ingenuity in a city progressively constructed from 7-6 centuries BC.

      We move on to the seedier parts of town and are led through a brothel. I'm happy to share that it is my first ever visit to one. Luigi explains the sea faring visitors to Pompeii came (pun intended) from other countries and the languages not universal. This was solved with a painted 'menu' of the available services. Positions. Progressive indeed.

      I note the beds in each "boudoir" are carved rocks. I suspect they were shrouded in animal hair or skin for comfort, though my very Australian humour is lost in translation when I proclaim, "That's a whole new meaning to getting hard!", and I'm met with awkward stares.

      We continue through to view some mummified human remains. It's easy to disconnect what you are viewing through the glass, though I take a moment to imagine the terror of this monumental tragedy.

      It is at this moment the masses of cheese I'd enjoyed at lunch did their thing and I need to fart. I sneak off to a corner. Relieve myself. Luigi, at that exact moment, begins to explain that the deaths of the people of Pompeii were caused by toxic gas, and the group move through the (what I thought was private) area I'd chosen. I've added a sensory dimension without meaning to. #sorry #weallfart.

      We continue through the streets of ancient Pompeii, and Luigi points out the penis carvings in the volcanic rock roads. There are many! He explains it is (was) to ensure any visitors could follow the carvings to find the brothel. Important they knew where to get their rocks off. From carved cocks. In rocks.

      I wasn't expecting a reminder today that prostitution is indeed the oldest industry. I expected a conservative Catholic Italy.

      I declined purchase of penis magnets to commemorate my visit.
      I do purchase a cappuccino on departure. I sip, expecting the gorgeous Italian coffee I've enjoyed to date. It's too hot. My throat is burned. And I think of course. Pompeii. Lava. Of course. Touche.

      Our final day on the cruise. Onwards to Rome and my accommodation near the Vatican. I may need to repent after a day of immoral history.
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    • Day 7

      Fascinated by the history of Pompeii🌋

      July 21, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

      We were mesmerized learning about the history of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption and how it destroyed the flourishing city of Pompeii. Today, it is the 7th most dangerous volcano in the world. Our guide, Luca, provided us with listening devices as he walked us through the museum and a small part of Pompeii. We spent about an hour on the tour, but it could have taken close to half a day to cover all the grounds.

      Looking at the plaster molds of the bodies was bone chilling. The ones that shook me the most were the mother trying to cover her child and the plaster casting of the pregnant lady. Imagining an ash storm lasting for 2 days is unimaginable. The people of the town had no idea that Mt. Vesuvius was a volcano, and perished as the ash continued to fall on them.

      From the museum we began touring the city. Luca compared Pompeii to New York in terms of it being a large, flourishing city. Similar to any large city, there was a city-center with government buildings, places of entertainment, and parks, surrounded by homes.
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    • Day 7

      More Pompeii

      July 21, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

      The business center of the city, a brothel entrance (guess which picture, LOL), and Luca shared how to distinguish a wealthy person’s home. One way was looking at the mosaic entryway and then looking to see if they had a pipe for indoor plumbing versus going to the street vats to get your water.Read more

    • Day 13

      Montag im Regen

      January 10, 2023 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Da in Tropea eine heftige Regenfront im Anmarsch war, haben wir uns entschlossen, die Stadt der roten Zwiebeln zu verlassen und weil unser Ziel auf Sizilien sich leider auch in Luft aufgelöst hat, sind wir in Richtung Amalfiküste aufgebrochen. Wir haben den Tag weitestgehend im Auto verbracht und haben in Regen und Sturm den Nationalpark *Riserva Statale Valle del Fiume Argentino durchquert. Das war sehr spektakulär, unfassbare Schluchten und Berge und dazu dieser Regen und ein Sturm, der auf den Bergen noch viel stärker war als im Tal. Einige Regenbögen und viele Kurven später haben wir uns entschlossen, Amalfi und Salerno erstmal links liegen zu lassen - das macht ja bei Regen auch nicht wirklich Spaß - und sind in Pompei gestrandet. Hier stehen wir nun unter Zitronen- und Orangenbäumen und machen uns gleich auf den Weg ein wenig Kultur und Zeitgeschichte zu *atmen*….Read more

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