Saturday, December 19, 2009

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.

breakfasttable

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.

trolly

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.

ercolano

Here's what the Italians call Ercolano, also known as Herculaneum. You can see Mt. Vesuvius in the background.

altar

Check out this altar.

Kimunderdomepompeii

We explored the temples.

mosaic

We came across this mosaic and recognized the dolphins.

kimlegtat

They're tattooed on Kim's leg!

wallmosaics

Lots of gods.

1.mosaicwithjack

I was surprised that we were allowed to walk on these floors.

kimincourtyard

At one point I said to Kim "This would have been a great place to live.' She responded "Yeah, except for the lava."

3.ercolanobw

The ruins were extensive. It took two to three hours to see it all.

2.kimwithpurseandercolano

Kim's purse was still holding up at this point.

racketerring1

Before getting back on the train for Naples we ate lunch. This was posted in the window.

napleslaundry

We returned to Naples and wandered the streets.

shop

Naples is a big city, but it only has small shops. This is about average.

streetatnight

We kept wandering. Boy, were we getting tired.

suneset

The sunset was beautiful.

pompeiivesuvias

The next day, we woke up and ate some bread with our bread. Then it was off to Pompeii, above.


pompeiirions

Pompeii is like Ercolano, but larger.

kimtheaterpomp[eii

Here's my lover at the ruins of an old theater.

jackandKimpompeii

Oh baby!


kimpompeii

More Pompeii.

venuspompeii

Here's a 2,000-year-old picture of Venus on a clam shell. I spent a long time admiring this.

satidumpompeii

The stadium at Pompeii was impressive.

muscleman

Here I am trying to impress my wife with my massive muscles and overall good looks and masculinity.

mask

I had the same look on my face when I heard that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife.

mosiac3

Fantastic mosaics.

window

Oh damn that lava. It sticks to everything!

pompeiidaedface

Things haven't been the same for this guy since 79.

pompeiidead

This one is kind of sad, don't you think?

We slept soundly that night in Naples.

Next: Amalfi.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:32 PM  
Blogger Indie said...

Awesome photos, Jack!!
The one of laundry is my new desktop background.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Here's what that sign says!!
No Mafiosa!

not yield to fear not suffer abuse at Herculaneum not pay protection money this year belong to a united anti-racket denounce the extortionists and the violent
P...guess I missed the end, but you get the picture.

3:05 PM  

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