5.16.09 The Buried City of Pompei
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5.16.09 The Buried City of
At 10:29 am, Charles and Lia finished reading Book 7 of the Harry Potter series. Wow. I cannot believe it is over.
Great day! We left
This morning, we were so sad to leave Roma Camping - that place is just perfect! Our gelato guy, Gustavo gave us a hug goodbye- that means we bought a lot of gelato in our 4 days! Ha!
Yesterday, we also enjoyed a new Italian friend, who stopped by our campsite near the pool to chat with the kids.
Anyway, our friend (whose name I sadly did not get), is traveling right now in southern
I had just finished telling Jazy that I felt like I needed to reach out more to meet other campers- that I had somewhat isolated myself.
He’d traveled to the U.S. and enjoyed it, but he couldn’t quite fathom why we do things like refrigerate 6-packs and larger of beer when we really were just going to drink one and take the rest home to our own fridge. Why use all that electricity to run huge freezers to cool ALL that beer? And did the large Monoco RV in
Anyway, he gave me good info on
I used the wifi to call Ned on Charles’ iTouch using a Skype program that Ned put on there and the special Apple microphone-earbuds that Ned brought from the States. It worked really well and I think is just 2.5 cents a minute.
Last night the campground hosted a “Bon Jovi” concert at the pool! The band was really, really good and we had a terrific time staying up late. Impressive that they put on so many fun activities at the campground/hostel! We enjoyed meeting two students from
So today we drove the ring road around
The Church’s GPS coordinates to Camping Spartacus saved us since the exit was reworked. There is no toll booth, the road goes *under* the RR tracks, and the campground is right across from the ruins with signs everywhere, stalls of oranges and enormous lemons, tourist trinkets, and general traffic (foot and car) everywhere- it reminded us of a typical town in Mexico.
We breathed a sigh of relief when the nice Rosario at the reception booth checked us in, gave us excellent printed info on the train schedule to and from Napoli and Sorrento (where you can get a ferry to Capri and a bus to the Amalfi Coast), and we got one of the few spots left in this nice campground on this Saturday night. This street, however, has Zeus Camping, and about 2 other campgrounds in addition to Spartacus, so I’m sure we could find a place if we’d had to.
But we have a little market here (just a few drinks and some bread), showers, wi-fi for 2.5E per hour, and a pizzeria which Charles tested this evening. It was just 4E and Charles watched as the pizza dough was spread and pizza prepared, then fired for about 2 minutes in a hot, arched open oven, and brought the delicious pizza back to the RV. YUM!
You know that
We also are hitting the UNESCO sites that we can- you would not believe how many there are in Europe- good gracious- they are in every direction from
Pompei was built beginning in 200 B.C. In 79 AD, on a summer afternoon,
It is huge! My gosh, I don’t know how they excavated all that! It must be several miles in diameter and we walked all the way straight through and then around one side. There are the coliseum, gardens, houses, and Roman baths with rows of marble sinks in marble vanities. There was even an indoor swimming pool with some artwork that will not be coming home on any postcards from here. Ahem!
The cobblestones on the streets were huge and carefully laid like mosaics, with big even boulders for curbing. The floors in some of the rooms, like baths had tiny mosaic patters and you could walk on some of it, although you could see places where it was coming apart from the disturbance. We were surprised they let people walk on it. There were lovely paintings on some of the walls, most of it very protected with rooflines and plexiglass covers. Other that some large mobs of several groups, we had the place essentially to ourselves.
While at the ruins, we met 3 different couples: from
We tried in vain to help one couple find the Necropolis, where excavators made plaster sculptures of the uncovered bodies.
There are three entrances to the ruins and we, of course, took forever to find our way out. We saw just 2 security guards today inside the ruins- I wonder how they find wandering, lost folks after closing…
Fortunately, the overcast day suppressed the heat, with some evening sun. Pollen in the air is severe -you can see it! Everyone is coughing and sneezing, but we’re still enjoying our precious time in glorious