Today we went to Pompeii which was really interesting. There was a really neat open market out side of the ancient city. The weather was so nice, it was warm and sunny. Pompeii was right at the foot of Vesuvius and some other mountains so it was beautiful. Walking around the city was really interesting, it was cool to see how organized and similar to some of the modern cities it is with the road structure and organization. It's so cool to envision people living in these cities and kind of sad when you think about all the people that died there (but their pleaser bodies were super cool!!!). After walking around Pompeii we got pizza which was so good and the orange Fanta soda here is SO GOOD! Then we walked around the open market a bit and I had some really really good coffee. Over all Pompeii has been a personal favorite of mine.
|Perseus, Medusa, and Andromeda on a wall of a house in Pompeii|
|Inside the house of the faun in Pompeii|
We spent the morning of our fourth day at Pompeii. I don't know what I was expecting from our visit to Pompeii, but so far it has definitely been one of my favorite stops of the trip. Throughout our visit to Pompeii, our tour guide pointed out many different landmarks and explained their purposes. It was really interesting to learn more about the daily lives of the residents of Pompeii. Though they lived nearly 2000 years ago, I was struck by how similar their lives were to mine. There were theaters for entertainment, shops along the street with political "posters" (frescoes on shop walls encouraging residents to vote for a certain candidate), and even a "welcome mat" outside of one house (tiles in the shape of the word "have," a greeting). One of my favorite parts was seeing a mosaic with the words "cave canem" in the front entrance of another house. In English, "cave canem" literally means "beware of the dog." It was just another reminder that the Romans and the residents of Pompeii really weren't that different from me! I'm really excited to see what the rest of the trip has in store, but Pompeii was one stop that I will definitely remember.
|Exploring Tiberius' palace grotto|