To start off this post, I first just want to admit that I know I’ve been TERRIBLE at keeping this blog updated recently. I blame ship internet, and the fact that I am not always in the sharing or creative mindset while working at sea. It’s a whole different ballgame when I just sail with Rob, but I am so thankful to be making money this time around, so no complaints, just less frequent blog posts. This still makes me sad and I feel like I am really behind, so here I am, going back a few months to share some things that happened a while ago so I can keep our travels in order… But in my defense, I have been keeping my instagram feed fairly fresh when I pick up local wifi so check in with that @sheheartsearth!
Now for a little about Pompeii:
It’s AMAZING! I truly had very little expectations, which I often find makes experiences more enjoyable, as you’re certainly not being let down when you don’t anticipate too much; whereas on the opposite side of the spectrum when you expect a lot and the experience doesn’t deliver, it’s more upsetting…right? Am I the only one who thinks this? Anywho, that’s how I approached my visit to this ancient landmark, completely NOT in the know!
For instance, I had no idea as to the size of the demolished city – it’s HUGE! I also didn’t realize the magnitude of Vesuvius’s eruption. I believe our guide said the mountain lost an entire third of its height! What I did know is that the ash completely halted the progress of this civilization, perfectly preserving many aspects of the previously bustling city. Houses still have complete paintings pristinely maintained on their walls. Even the brothels still have their paintings detailing “services offered.” Funny story about that– the city made it easy for its visitors to find the brothel by carving a symbol in the cobblestone, pointing the desired direction…I’ll leave it up to your imagination what ‘symbol’ they carved!
As it happened, 17 years prior to the eruption, there was a violent earthquake that caused much damage to the city and took years to repair. Many of the repairs were not complete by the time of the eruption, which is noticeable by observing much of the ruins. So much of the city is how it was just moments before the eruption. Walking the streets is like taking a step back in time. It’s just incredible so incredible…I’m struggling to find the words to properly describe it, so I’ll stop now and let the photos take over!
Ancient Graffiti! Markings worn into the stone by wheeled carts. An old food stand! That track in the stone indicates that this was a store versus a household. They would close up shop at the end of the day, using the track to secure the door. Political “Vote for Me” sign on front of house. Said house’s amazing mosaic flooring. Those raised cobblestones were the equivalent of our modern day crosswalks. New spigot, old fountain. Columns along the spa’s courtyard. Ceiling of spa. Me and Vesuvius. The Forum. The Theater.