11.05.2006 15 °C
The next day we had planned was something I was most excited about because it means so much to me. When I was much younger I got a book on the erupting Mt Vesuvius and the city it covered Pompeii. I loved this book so much and becaue of it I always wanted to become an archaelogist. The city was buried in 6 metres of ashes within a few hours. So the discovery of this covered entact city was an amazing find. Bright and early that day we caught a train to the city of Pompeii, the newer part. The weather was the worst we had found yet very cold and rainy, so we bought some cheap umbrellas from one of the souvineer stands. This is where we try to buy everything we need because you can always talk them down to giving you the item for however much you want to pay. First we began our day by taking a bus up to Mt Vesuvius. At one point everyone is let off the bus and then a virgous hike begins. This was a very verticl hike, kind of like a stairclimber. I am a little embarrassed to say two older priests in full dress pretty much lapped me and Josh. So half an hour later we were near the top and stopped and had a short tour. The mountain is really not that much to see, because another mountain has formed from the eruptions, the last one was in 1944. But at least we can say we have been to the top of Mt Vesuvius. From the top we had a beautiful view of the Italian islands and mountains. I have to say for not wanting to come here in the first place Italy would be the first place I would come back to. Every day is a struggle not to blow our budget but it seems impossible in Italy, there is just so much to buy! The people here are quite nice and helpful, the men stare a little too much but I guess that is normal! So we rolled down the mountain and collected differnt colors of lava rock, that will cost me another $300 to send home. Next we went to the gates of the uncovered Pompeii city. But first as usual we were distracted for a good hour by the different stalls outside selling goodies. I never knew this about Josh but he is one smooth barginer, if something costs 25euros he always talks them down to five and for me they always stay at 15euros even after telling me I am so beautiful! So from now on only Josh does the talking. So we headed inside the gates and began our self-directed tour with a little book that we had boughten. This place was easily 5 times bigger than I expected, there really is a cities worth of building left behind. The four hours we allotted was not even close to the amount of time we needed so it was a bit rushed. Unfortunatly most houses were closed so we only got a little look inside which was driving me crazy!! Pompeii was originally a resort town so all houses are absolutly massive. Whats left behind is the walls so you can see where each room was or where all thirty of them were. As well as walls, paintings, frescos and tile work still exist in some of the buildings, Pompeii is a must to visit, the houses are absolutly amazing but next time I would stay for an entire day. We probably saw about 15% of what was there. So we ended our rainy day tour with the Villa of Mysteries. Here Josh finally saw what he was wainting for the plaster casts of bodies. After we hurried to the train and caught it back home to Rome for our last night here.