Marg & Bill Lynn
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Italy & TransAtlantic Cruise 2012
Pompeii

Wednesday Nov. 7

Wednesday morning we checked out from our Sorrento hotel and travelled by bus up the narrow winding road to
the main highway, which took us to the outskirts of Milan and Pompeii, where we met our Pompeii tour guide.

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Our Pompeii tour guide doing his thing.

Quote from Wikipedia.
The city of Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
Pompeii was lost for nearly 1700 years before its rediscovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2,500,000 visitors every year.
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I was surprised to learn that it was the volcanic ash and pumice that buried Pompeii, rather than lava.
When Marg visited Pompeii in the late 1950's excavation had progressed only to the tops of the walls. Now it has opened up the streets and dwellings of the Romans who lived there.
According to the tour guide, Pompeii was on the coast, but the ash from the volcano moved the coast several kilometers away.
He also said that there was plenty of time for people to escape, but many preferred to stay, not believing what was in store for them.
I did not have a tape recorder, so there is some guess work (memory challenge) involved in the photo captions.

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The outer wall and large commune

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Amphitheatre

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Housing & Cooking Rooms

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Bonnie demonstrates the stepping stones to cross the street, which also served as the sewer.
Rumour has it that the distance between the cart tracks is the basis for modern railway gauge.

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Some wall painting has been preserved.
Human forms were created by pouring plaster into the cavities left when bodies decayed.

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Baths included vaulted ceiling, statues and tiled floor with animal figures.

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Exterior walls, columns and moat.

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Mount Vesuvias in the background.

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86 (?) year old cameo carver, hard at work.

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