Tooot toooot! Ok it didn’t actually make much noise at all but this morning we took off south via one of Italy’s fastest trains to Naples, and then caught a less-fast train to Pompeii.
We had time to stop for lunch in the restaurant in our hotel (Hotel Del Sole) and relax in our room before heading off about 50 metres down the road to the entrance to the Pompeii ruins. We were fortunate to have a solid breeze so the heat was bearable.
To be honest I didn’t hear very much of what the tour guide had to say because I was constantly trying to keep one four year old and a rogue six year old from running too far ahead, falling too far behind, running in general, climbing etc. Pretty hectic. But what I did learn was how advanced the city was (and it actually is enormous in size but considered small by comparison).
Because I am ignorant, I also didn’t know that the city wasn’t actually destroyed by lava but by the enormous ash cloud the eruption produced. So people suffocated or were crushed when buildings collapsed under the weight of the ash. They estimate around 1,100 people died.
We got to walk up what was the main street of Pompeii which was complete with a “fast food” joint and loads of houses, some finer than others, and of course – a brothel! Kelly, please make sure Mark knows that yes, there are dicks on the walls, and yes, I took photos. And yes they are below 🙂
Despite what felt like an enormously long walk home (it was probably one kilometre), we ended the day on a high with a gorgeous dinner at iMatti, just down the road from the hotel which had a courtyard area out the back and a grassed area for the kids to continue their Lion King adventures. Funnily enough, I tried to convince Hardy to just have dinner with me in the restaurant, but he said no (ouch). And I’m glad he did, otherwise we would have missed out. He teaches me a lot, mostly to stop being such a downer and get out there!