Pompeii!

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First view of Pompeii.

Before I begin, I'd like to write about my outrage at my own white skin. Yes, being born white is probably beneficial to me, we all know white skin suffers less discrimination than dark skin. I am not racist, but right now, I am towards white skin =( Moreso, white Scottish skin. I have been away from home for almost a week now, wandering about foreign towns in blistering heat. I spent about three hours at least wandering about Pompeii today....and my shoulders aren't even a little pink. How can this be?? I have developed a few extra freckles to my normally plain skin....unaceptable! Even a bit of sunburn would do. Yes I know this is unhealthy, but I don't want everyone to think I've been at home hiding under a rock and pretending I'm in Italy!

Ok, so self-racist rant over.

Today I went to Pompeii. It was 6 euros for the audio guide and a map, which was good because I could go at my own pace and learn about what I wanted to learn about. When I got to the ticket desk, I said I was from Scotland and that yes, I was under 25. See here, if you are from Europe and under 25/30 you get a student price entry. In the Vatican I got in cheaper. So for Pompeii it was going to be a fiver to get in....but she had to see ID. All I had was my bank card which I had left as a deposit for the audio guide....of course I don't carry about my passport and driving liscence....so I had to pay the full tenner. First time in my life I've been IDd for looking too old! At home I get IDd for scratchcards...seriously, do I look 15 years old??

Pompeii is a huge site.

Preserved man sitting with hands over face in horror....
In my three hours or so there I don't think I even saw half of it. But in the blistering heat when you've been walking around all day and run out of water, it can be difficult. The thing that amazed me most was that the artwork was still there, paintings on the walls and mosaics on the floor....very well preserved. Apparently the better pieces of artwork are in a museum in Napoli. Some parts were inaccesable, mainly because it would have been dangerous, or that they are still working on parts. It really was a huge place, a whole town. Not like the Vatican or Trevi fountain which are tourist spots in the one small area....I got lost at first so I just wandered about usually until I found one of the audio spots and found out from the number on the map where I was.
Hard to see, but a preserved dog.
Only got one shot of vesuvius itself, there were higher towers I'd love to have climbed to get a good view of the whole town, but these were closed off.

You could get into some of the buildings, like the baths and some of the houses of the richer people. Only one was guarded, as it was very well preserved, with glass over the walls to stop from damage. You could see into the bedrooms and the stone beds. There is another site, Herculeum which is apparently just as good as Pompeii but less famous. A guy called Omar from New Mexio in my room said that it's probably better because you can see the rooms etc, whereas Pompeii is just largely the outside walls. Nonetheless, it was an amazing experience. They have storage areas you cannot access, where the staff keep artifacts like pots and jugs that they find. There are also preserved bodies....I got a picture of a few. The guide says the best one was the Mule man, who was found beside the Mule he had been riding, sitting down with his hands over his face. And others of people just lying down....it's difficult to take in and imagine what that day must have been like. The town itself had just been rebuilt after an earthquake not long before the erruption.

So check out my pictures. I'm away to find out where the hell I'm getting my boat tomorrow!

 

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First view of Pompeii.
First view of Pompeii.
Preserved man sitting with hands o…
Preserved man sitting with hands …
Hard to see, but a preserved dog.
Hard to see, but a preserved dog.
Another man.
Another man.
Some pots and another body.
Some pots and another body.
Artwork, I love how its still vis…
Artwork, I love how it's still vi…
Cold bath.
Cold bath.
Area to go between cold bath and h…
Area to go between cold bath and …
Hot bath.
Hot bath.
Vesuvius himself.
Vesuvius himself.
Mosaic flooring.
Mosaic flooring.
Audio guide.
Audio guide.
Grafitti that says 15th March 89. …
Grafitti that says 15th March 89.…
Putting camera on a timer was usef…
Putting camera on a timer was use…
I only discovered this later...thi…
I only discovered this later...th…
2nd of the lot.
2nd of the lot.
3rd....
3rd....
Stone bed.
Stone bed.
How comfy (!)
How comfy (!)
Marble toilet....
Marble toilet....
Egyptian temple of Isis, daughter …
Egyptian temple of Isis, daughter…
Sporting arena, where they gave ou…
Sporting arena, where they gave o…
Didnt mean for this guy to be on …
Didn't mean for this guy to be on…
View on way out.
View on way out.
My Daniel face!
My Daniel face!
Shattered! Not sunburnt....
Shattered! Not sunburnt....
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photo by: Joost1976