Volcanoes and Body Casts

When Mt. Vesuvius blew its top in 79 AD, it buried the nearby city of Pompeii in 20 metres of ash. Archeologists have since unearthed buildings, streets, and even people that were essentially frozen in time.  We saw the gladiator barracks, several bakeries and fast food shops, and even a wealthy family home with original frescoes and flooring. Then there were the plaster molds of the people who died—there are over a thousand such body casts, though only three are on display. All in all, it was pretty cool.

After feasting on bread with olive oil, caprese salad, and pizza, we set out to climb Vesuvius itself. The hike was steeper than we’d been led to believe, and we were huffing by the time we reached the rim of the caldera, but the views were incredible. It’s not every day you get to stare into the cone of an active volcano.

To Paris tomorrow!

In the gladiator barracks
This theatre has its original floor
A welcoming mosaic in the entryway of a home
A takeaway eatery
Stones used to mill flour
Original frescoes in an upper class home
One home’s private garden
The body casts were fascinating
In the main square, with Vesuvius in the background
Hiking the volcano
Looking down into the cone
We made it!

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