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More catch-up from our Europe stay…


Our next stop after Amalfi was the city of Pompeii where we stayed at a cute little hotel just a few blocks from the ruins.  Our room was tiny with a bunk bed towering over the king sized bed next to it but it was really cheap and clean and it was only for two nights so all was good.  New Pompeii, the  modern day city, is actually a cute little town away from the craziness of Naples (cars actually stop for you at crosswalks) and the pizza is every bit as good.  In fact the best pizza we had in Italy was at a little pizza and gelato outlet called Hot Cherry.  So fresh and so good!

Right after we arrived we were met by our guide, Fabio, who took us to the ruined city.  I don’t think any of us were prepared for what we were about to see.  We had seen Roman ruins all over Europe and they were always relatively compact and generally in very poor condition.  Pompeii on the other hand is huge – over 60 acres and incredibly well preserved.  It was like walking through a deserted Roman city.  There were grooves in the original stone streets from centuries of carriage traffic, there was plaster covering many of the walls (apparently in ancient times no stone or brick was exposed) and the frescos were still visible on the walls.  It is really an amazing place.

The boys seemed to think it was their own personal city and ran around like children in a playground (go figure).  Nothing we could do could contain them.  Our guide seemed to take it in stride but I can only wonder what he was thinking.

The Romans seem to have had a fascination with the human penis, as there were carvings and pictures of them everywhere.  The boys had great fun trying to find them all and giggled wildly every time they did.  Apparently many of them point the way to the brothel, which was one of the stops on our tour.  Open foyers lead to a series of little rooms.  Frescos along the tops of the walls pictured the various positions that were available and formed an ancient menu of sorts.  We rushed the boys though as fast as possible to avoid them catching a glimpse but Keeks tried to stay behind asking, “what was that? What was that?”  But that wasn’t a conversation that we were prepared to have at the moment.

The next day we hiked to the crater of Vesuvius and peered down it’s 900 foot deep crater and watched as steam vented from the bottom and sides.  Jen found it eerie and unsettling and wanted to leave (she kept thinking it was going to erupt).  I though it was remarkably cool and prolonged our stay as much as she would allow.  The echoes of voices against the far wall of the crater were incredible.  The boys picked up pieces of lava rock and brought them back to their friends at home.

1 comment

1 Erica { 02.26.10 at 4:43 pm }

I went to Pompeii when I was 8 (38 years ago) and have a vague memory of an area or a room on the tour that my 10-year-old brother and I were not allowed to go into with our mom. All the penises may have had something to do with it!

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