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POMPEII
Italy

March 23th, 1999

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Welcome to Italy.

Here is part XVII of our European Holiday Flash Pages.
We overnighted in the seaside town of Salerno on the Amalfi coast.



 
 

Ooroo from da Guru, ;-)

Today's news section is a very condensed version due to us being out of town for five of the past seven weekends. We were in Dallas last weekend for Ruth's sister's (Rebekah) marriage to Michael Christner, the wannabe Nicholas Cage look-a-like. We're waiting for the film to be processed before putting most of them up on our page for all their relatives to see.

See, I told you it would be short.

Stay Happy ;-)
Ruth & Fitzy


 
 
November 18th, 2000
We got up nice and early and were first at the gates waiting for entry to the ancient city of Pompeii
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Restoration has been going on since 1595.
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Mount Vesuvius (in the background) is famous for the catastrophic eruption in 79 A.D. that buried the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
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The 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius was the first volcanic eruption ever to be described in detail.
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From 18 miles (30 km) west of the volcano, Pliny the Younger, witnessed the eruption and later recorded his observations in two letters.
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It is estimated that at times during the eruption the column of ash was 20 miles (32 km) tall.
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About 1 cubic mile (4 cubic kilometers) of ash was erupted in about 19 hours.
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Pompeii was completely buried except the roofs of some buildings. The city was abandoned and its location forgotten until 1595.
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A water trough.
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Most of Pompeii has been excavated which has seen a lot of theft of artifacts.
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A typical street, note the three stepping stones. Their sole purpose was to stop you stepping in sewerage. Pretty nasty speed bumps as well.
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A lot of the site has just been left to the elements.
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Fitzy found the bakery. Now where's the brewery?
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This photo shows some of the wall and door trim details.
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In the process of restoring the bakery.
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This surprised us as to how developed the Pompeian's were in the use of ceramics for their mosaic's.
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More fresco's.
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It's surprising how well things had stood up over time.
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How did they make the stone pillars without cranes?
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Who's the Tommy tourist?
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Interior decorating anyone? It's amazing that the things we take for granted today was available so long ago.
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No idea what this bronze statue signifies.
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Intricate stone fountain.
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We believe this was a day bed.
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I'm too sexy. Fitzy's self portrait in stone.
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This is how they found people after they dug the city out. They believe this was a local citizen due to the slaves having a belt around their waist.
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Couple of locals just hanging out.
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Now where did you say McDonald's was?
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Ruth doing her Pompeii version of the Beatles Abbey Road album cover
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Traffic anyone???
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Even Pompeii has to deal with the everyday bump and grind of traffic.
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A little tourist information.