Just a little bit of history: Pompeii

We left for Sorrento the next morning which turned out to be a bit of an exhausting trip, we had to catch two trains to get to Naples and then a third train to get to Sorrento. We had been told to be very aware in Naples because of how dodgy it is, well we weren’t even off the train yet before we witnessed just how dodgy it can be.

I’m walking off of the train and felt something pull my bag, so I turn around to find a guy trying to open my bag up! I was semi shocked and really angry so started yelling at him, he clearly didn’t expect it because he backed right up. We got off the train and the guy disappeared so I couldn’t get security on him. Then as we were waiting for our train to Sorrento we noticed a young guy blatantly trying to pick pocket people as they pushed in to the train. He was seriously just staring at people’s bags and pockets and trying to unzip them without caring who saw! I shoved one of them out of the way as he tried to get into an elderly mans bag, Naples brought out the feistiness is me.

Sorrento was really pretty and picturesque, I was glad we ended up staying there instead of right in Naples. We were staying at a hostel, it was a pretty nice hostel except it was the kind that didn’t have kitchen facilities for guests to use and instead it had a bar and restaurant. However we ended up splitting €5 pizza between two so it worked out fine.

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Those mountains are the view from the roof of our hostel! I really enjoyed the area we stayed in.

We went to Pompeii the first full day, I was really excited for it because of the history. I really enjoyed walking around, we got a two hour tour which I think was beneficial because you got to hear more about it and knew what you were looking at. The stepping stones across the streets, the brothal and the plaster casts were my favourite parts. It was really sad but very interesting at the same time. We saw plaster casts that had the human bones in them and a poor dog that had been tied up and unable to get away with the rest of the animals.

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The outside and one of the theatres used for entertainment.

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The streets and ruins.

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The stepping stones used for crossing the street because their streets were used as their sewage system. This way no one had to step into the sewage, the gaps between the stones was so carts and carriages could pass by.

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The ruins left over from stores.

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The outside of the bathing houses. The last picture has some of the artwork that was the wall, you can kind of imagine what the whole place would have looked like. Pompeii used to look like it was made of marble to look like Rome, but in actual fact it was fake because they couldn’t afford it. Really interesting.

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The inside of the bathing houses, the males bathing house was a lot larger than the females. Of course…

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Two plaster castes! One if them has bones showing through where the caste broke off on the foot. An archaeologist made all of these plaster castes from the mould of the stone that the ash and stuff left. So while there are no bodies there are the bones still left in the castes. It’s pretty amazing to see the detail of the people that were covered in the ash! Also horrific to think of how it happened.

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The brothel. The woman who worked in the brothel were slaves from other areas and often couldn’t speak the same language, so the pictures on the walls were for the men to choose what they would pay for and there would be no speaking communication needed.

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Mount Vesuvius in the background.

The below used to be the area where the markets were, now they hold artefacts found in Pompeii as well as more plaster castes.

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The famous dog plaster caste.

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I really enjoyed getting to see Pompeii, the history was tragic but interesting.

Jord
xx

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