Here it is, Pompeii. It is thought that a city was first founded here in the first half of the 6th Century. Pompeii, which was at first considered part of Greece, was absorbed into the Roman Empire as a colony in 80 B.C. Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted on August 24th at 2pm in the year 79 A.D. Over two days, Pompeii was buried under 60 feet of ash and pumice. Those residents who did not leave right away, were buried along with their town.
This was the side walk to be used by people.
The marble floor of part of the city's Forum.
A beautiful tree filled courtyard in the extensive public bath complex.
See the wagon tracks in the street? They go right over the street bumps. Some of the streets actually had white reflective stones (called Cat's Eyes) embedded in them for illumination at night. The Pompeiians (and the Romans) used very advanced technology.
This was a swimming pool in a outside courtyard of a home.
Here is the Brothel. I was nervous about going in...
And look who I found in one of the rooms! Sally, you get out of there!
My favorite mosaic, it shows birds taking a shiny necklace out of a jewelry box.
I found lots of sleeping dogs laying around the ruins...
Here's another one.
And this one! I though it was best to let sleeping dogs lie...
Especially after I saw this mosaic in the floor of a house. It says in Latin, "Cave Canem" which translates to "Beware of Dog".
After exploring Pompeii, we got ready to head over to nearby Herculaneum. That is after Sally stopped flirting with our guide Cosimo...Herculaneum is close to Pompeii, but closer to the sea. It wasa smaller and wealthier town than Pompeii. It was also buried in the euruption. Herculaneum's remains are in much better shape, wood, furniture and even cloth was preserved.
Looking down over the ruins.
Inside of a house.