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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei October 18th 2011

i have SO much to write! this past weekend we went to naples, capri, and pompeii and it was the greatest weekend of my life! i am so lucky to get to do all these awesome things and go all these beautiful places, i will be forcing my kids to study abroad when theyre in school, this is literally the best time ever. so friday morning we left for naples around eight am, i think it took about four hours. i slept a lot of the way so it wasnt too bad. we were supposed to go to pompeii first on friday but since it was raining we went to naples (which was originally sundays plan). well lets just say im glad we got the worst part of the weekend out of the way first. when ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei October 18th 2011

So early, AHHH, This is now the earliest I have woken up on the trip. 5 am. beep beep beep beep. I pretty much froze my ass off all night in my bed and I slept full clothed with a beanie on. Got the taxi and headed to the Airport. First flight goes to Munich... delayed taking off since there was to much fog in Munich. I don't remember when we took off since I passed out on the plane and woke up landing in Munich. Since the delay occurred I had 20 minutes to go through passport check and then get to my other gate. Get to the gate and Delayed. Finally got on the flight around 930 and again don't remember taking off or landing. Just woke up at the airport. Met two nice ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei September 16th 2011

Since I read about Vesuvius, sometime back in school, I wanted to visit Pompeii, the city built in shadow of a volcano and then burried in ashes of one of the biggest volcanic explosion in written history. Its a short train ride away from Napoli. The ruins of city are quite well preserved. Its all been dug out and just walking through the ruins, its hard to imagine that it was burried under tonnes of ash. Some of the houses also have paintings on wall. You can clearly see some places that could be restaurants. We heard some of the stories that guides were telling, they seemed very telltaly, hard to believe they figured all the details out from the ruins! We also saw the famous the petrified bodies which are suppose to be preserved perfectly ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei September 8th 2011

Today we signed up for a crew tour and visited the ruins of Pompeii. From the second you enter the site you know its going to be something different, as parts of it have been restored but most of it is original, right down to the slates on the roofs and the paint on the walls. Its somewhere I'd always heard about and never thought I would go, so to actually walk round it was amazing. The whole city is pretty much intact, with the exceptions of the roofs, so you can walk down the streets and see all the houses, shops, public facilities etc and see how similiar it is to todays cities. We even saw the Roman version of Mcdonalds and a whore house (complete with oversize willy's on the outside). Even little things ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei July 18th 2011

I’ll start in reverse, firstly The Chavvy. For those of you not familiar with the term chavvy or chav let me explain, there is no oxford dictionary definition but if there was it would go something like this. Chav-a person who wears some type of imitation designer label shirt with the name of that label written over the shirt in the biggest writing possible so to let others know what they are wearing “a designer”, often accompanied with this is a baseball cap worn at 45 degrees of the angle it should actually be worn at and several items of cheap looking jewellery. Chavs are usually heard before they are seen as they are usually accompanied by some form of rap/hip hop music being played from their phone or if they are a more ‘up market’ ... read more
The Marina entrance to Pompeii
Pompeii ruins
A pregnant woman

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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei July 17th 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011 Visit to Pompeii... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei July 7th 2011

Sunday 19th June 2011 Sorrento to Pompeii Short ( in theory ) drive from Sorrento to Pompeii where the campsite is within two minutes walk of the ancient city. However we had not factored in the fact that what seemed like the whole population of Naples had decided that it would be a good day to go to the seaside. Even though we were headed toward Naples the ensuing chaos affected traffic flow in both directions. Particularly fascinating were the scooters and motorcycles that wove in and out of the congested traffic at speed often missing oncoming vehicles by inches. Normal traffic rules do not appear to apply here. In one spot traffic joining from the right and turning left across the carriageway appeared to assume right of way and when challenged by me edging forward ... read more
Pompeii Baths
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Pompeii Theatre

Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei June 23rd 2011

Day 52 -55 Pompeii &Vesuvius and naughty goings on! On the 24th August 79 AD, in the Bay of Naples, the Volcano Vesuvius erupted , an immense heatwave and rock, pumice and ash covered the surrounding towns and villages, killing many people instantly. We have travelled south to Pompeii to see one of the largest ruins. It is spectacular, the ruins cover an area the size of Bromley town. They were only excavated by the mid 18th century, and some of buildings, like bathhouses, villas, houses even brothels are well preserved. The site includes an amphitheatre, with two other smaller theatres. It was so good we spent nearly 10 hours there. Our jaunty new hats came in handy once more! We are staying in a camping ground, named Zeus only 200 yards from the ruin entrance, ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei June 22nd 2011

Day 51 Tivoli Gardens Villa d’Este En route from Rome to Pompei we had been advised to pop in on Tivoli. An interesting historic town in itself, but mainly we wanted to see the gardens of the Villa d’Este. The sat nav took us a very interesting route around the very narrow streets of Tivoli. It kept saying the villa was near, but we were unable to access it. We decided we had to park up and walk. However parking also proved difficult, thank goodness we have a small camper, we would never have been able to stay otherwise. The villa is right in the pedestrian area of the town (no wonder the sat nav had problems). It was on the site of emperor Hadrian’s villa, but is now an example of a 1550’s villa of ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei June 21st 2011

Ever since I was a little kid, reading my parents' Time Life books on Italy, I've wanted to visit Pompeii. Yesterday, that dream came true. We hopped a confusing set of trains from Rome and finally got off at a tiny little stop known as Pompei Scavi, then simply walked down a short street to the entrance for the ruins. We paid our fees and entered the gate. We stayed nearly six hours. I had listened to a Yale University series on Roman architecture and was expecting to be able to enter every set of ruins mentioned, but it didn't work like that. In fact, it seemed like much of the site was closed. We walked down the main street, crowded with tour groups, then made a couple of turns on our way to the arena ... read more
Dome on Forum Baths
Frescoes at Villa of the Mysteries
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