Honeymoon Part IV – Ercolano & Pompeii
We made Naples our home base for day-trips to both Ercolano and Pompeii, towns that were buried when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
If you go to Italy, be prepared to eat lots of bread for breakfast. Every place we stayed served a croissant, sometimes filled with chocolate. In addition to a croissant, there were always fresh rolls with butter and a container of yogurt. Sometimes there was fresh fruit and cheese. The breakfasts were good, but after a few weeks we were craving eggs and bacon.
About a block from out hotel we would jump on the trolly, which would take us to the train station. From there, we could get to Ercolano and Pompeii.
Here's what the Italians call Ercolano, also known as Herculaneum. You can see Mt. Vesuvius in the background.
Check out this altar.
We explored the temples.
We came across this mosaic and recognized the dolphins.
They're tattooed on Kim's leg!
Lots of gods.
I was surprised that we were allowed to walk on these floors.
At one point I said to Kim "This would have been a great place to live.' She responded "Yeah, except for the lava."
The ruins were extensive. It took two to three hours to see it all.
Kim's purse was still holding up at this point.
Before getting back on the train for Naples we ate lunch. This was posted in the window.
We returned to Naples and wandered the streets.
Naples is a big city, but it only has small shops. This is about average.
We kept wandering. Boy, were we getting tired.
The sunset was beautiful.
The next day, we woke up and ate some bread with our bread. Then it was off to Pompeii, above.
Pompeii is like Ercolano, but larger.
Here's my lover at the ruins of an old theater.
Here's a 2,000-year-old picture of Venus on a clam shell. I spent a long time admiring this.
The stadium at Pompeii was impressive.
Here I am trying to impress my wife with my massive muscles and overall good looks and masculinity.
I had the same look on my face when I heard that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife.
Oh damn that lava. It sticks to everything!
Things haven't been the same for this guy since 79.
This one is kind of sad, don't you think?
We slept soundly that night in Naples.