Naples Travel Blog› entry 7 of 14 › view all entries
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.
Pompeii is a huge site.
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!