Pompei and Sorrento
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Ari, the Mekenzies and I went to Pompei to see the ruins. This was essentially why I came to Sorrento, and I've been looking forward to it for a long time. I was not disappointed! I was amazed at how well preserved everything was. The city, as some of you may know, was completely wiped out by Mount Vesuvius' fury in the mid 3rd century A.D. The people of Pompei led very decadent lives and were some of the only people in Italy to wholly reject the coming rise of Christianity. Many in Italy viewed the volcano blast as God's anger with them.
The blast happened early in the afternoon, and was first only a small earthquake that not many payed attention to. Then came the real destruction.
However, out of the carnage came beauty. The volcanic soil was rich with nutrients and plantlife began to flourish. Soon the ruined city began to look like a Garden of Eden, rich with fruits, plants and animals. Some of the land in old Pompei is still used to this day as gardens and orchards for fruit and vegetable growing.
The interesting thing about Pompei's destruction is the instant preservation of it's victims.
A highlight for me was the auditorium. In the early seventies, Pink Floyd filmed a performance there, titled "Live from Pompei". It was really awesome to be standing right in the same spot as the band. I know it has nothing to do with the actual history of Pompei, but it was a highlight none the less.
After Pompei, the girls and I went out to dinner to celebrate our last meal in Italy. Once again, I fell ion love with Italian food. I'm going to really miss it a lot. You just can't get pesto in the states that tastes like pesto in Italy.
I went to bed that night with a full belly and memories of a great and beautiful country that I will miss dearly.
p.s. I will have pictures up soon, but the cafe I'm in right now blocks from uploading them, so they are coming, I'm just not sure when.