Anne & Tom's Italy Adventure 2011 travel blog

Leaving for Pompeii

A group of buskers entertained us on the train

Arriving in Pompeii

Walking down an ancient street

A portion of the city

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Looking in

They covered the brick with plaster to make it look like marbel

A small piece of plaster still sticks to this wall

Typical Roman construction

A wide road

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A "mummified" citizen

Mosaic

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Inside one of the baths

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A rich person's house

Beware of the dog

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Three dimensional effect

Faun

Mosaic of a famous battle

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Lead pipes that carried the water to the houses

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Chariot ruts in the pavement

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Brick work

A broad street

Dinner

Truly elegant...

....and delicious

With entertainment

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Mandolin Singer


Entry #10 May 24, 2011

We felt more rested and recovered from our intense week with Classic Journeys after a couple of days in our own "home" in Sorrento. Tom's Spaghetti Bolognese last night was real food and in the smaller quantity we are accustomed to at home.

Sorrento is a perfect location for exploring some of the great places in southern Italy. First on our list is Pompeii. We got up somewhat early and after breakfast walked to the train station in Sorrento to board the 9:30AM train to Pompeii. Of course we boarded the wrong train and almost were locked in (with a lot of other eager passengers) until we were directed to the correct track. There was a group of musicians (buskers) and they entertained each car with their bouncy music.

With the help of a Rick Steves' guidebook, we explored the ruins of the city doomed by the unexpected eruption of Vesuvius. This was a typical Roman town with temples, a forum, baths, and the famous Roman roads. We could see the groves worn in the paving blocks by the chariots. Some mosaics and statues were still intact. Walking in the footsteps of the Romans was really an awe-inspiring experience.

We had made a reservation at the fancy restaurant (L' Antica Trafforia) just up the street from our apartment where we had the best meal of the trip and were entertained by a mandolin playing singer who looked like a character from the "Lord of the Rings!"

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