Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pompeii

The entrance to a private home with garden in the back.
Looking down one of the streets. Mt. Vesuvius in the background.
Wouldn't you love to soak in this bathtub?
How about tea at an aristocrats home? We could sit in the garden.
Leaving Pompeii
Our first stop after joining the cruise was Pompeii. I had read and heard so much of Pompeii in history it was a thrill to finally see it. There were many facsinating stories showing the way people lived during that time. They actually used lead pipes for their water system. There were stepping stones to cross roads, as the roads were built for sewage to run down them. The roofs on their homes were slanted to drain into shallow ponds near the inside entrance. You can see the pond in the first picture above. In the aristocrats home we saw where the slaves lived at the back of the garden. There were ridges in the stone roads where chariots had traveled. The city was so well preserved that they have been able to determine what day the volcano erupted and buried Pompeii. What a treat to see Pompeii.

3 comments:

Annie said...

Pompeii was one of the highlights of Quanah's stay in Italy. A truly amazing preservation. Lucky you to manage pictures without a lot of people in them.

Rosemary said...

I believe I would like to visit Pompeii - such history. Love your photos - they have an eery feel to them.
Nancy

Steph said...

I'm chewing on a bit bite of wanderlust!