Tuesday, September 14, 2010


We visited Pompeii on our way from Rome to Greece. The city of Pompeii is HUGE, and we only had about two hours there. It was a highlight of our trip. We had an excellent tour guide who took us through the city (with our whisper sets) and explained everything. Pompeii was buried under ash over 2000 years ago, and they are still excavating it. The ash preserved everything very well, so you can see just what the city looked like. This first picture was taken at the brothel. Men would come in, look at the pictures, and choose the room under the position they preferred.
The theater was still fairly well preserved.

We went inside one house where you could still see the paintings on the wall and the mosiac tiles on the floor. It was incredible.

Here Alexander is listening (through his whisper set) to the guide explain the water system of Pompeii, which was incredibly advanced. Water flowed throughout the city. Jonathan in the background is standing in what would have been sewer water. The rich people paid extra taxes to have sewers flowing, which swept everything away.

A fast-food take out store...the food was made, then kept warm in these bowls.

Walking down some of the narrow streets

Since the sewers were flowing throughout the city, they built these taller steps to cross the streets and avoid the muck.

The center of town, with Mt. Vesuvius in the background. It would have been much taller before the top blew off.


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