Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Naples, Italy

Wednesday April 13, 2011 11:00 AM (5:00 AM EDT)

Yesterday and today we are in Naples, Italy. Yesterday we traveled to
the ruins of Pompeii and today we are sticking close to the ship because
of the weather . . . it is raining. We had planned to take a tour of the
city on the "hop-on hop-off" bus but the rain and the temperature (58
degrees) has put the kabosh on that. In lieu of that we walked over to
the terminal and wandered through its shops and had an espresso.

Yesterday we went to visit the ruins of Pompeii as it had been more than
twenty five years since we had been there. It is still in ruins! I would
have included a photo or two with this post but I am composing this post
in the ship's library and I have yet to copy yesterday's photos from our
cameras to the netbook. (Our cabin is currently being cleaned.) I don't
know the original size of Pompeii but it was quite large and only a
portion of it has been excavated. It is quite an interesting site and
the portion that has been excavated shows a rich port city of almost two
thousand years ago. A large portions of some homes remain and a large
"shed" contains pieces of furniture and utensils are there. Also are
bodies (encased in hardened lava) shown as they were struck down by the
eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

This afternoon at about 5:30 PM we will leave Naples and sail up the
coast about 150 km to Cittevecchia, the port city for Rome where we will
spend the day tomorrow.

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