May 06 2008

Pompeii and Herculaneum: “Wow, this is so amazing!”

Published by at 6:23 am under Italy,Sorrento

We went to Pompeii and Herculaneum in one action-packed day trip from our hotel in Sorrento. As we walked among the incredibly well preserved villas, apartments, bars, and temples of people who lived (and died) almost 2000 years ago, I found myself saying over and over again, “Wow, this is so amazing!”. I said it so often, that I got tired of hearing it, but every time I promised I would say something more descriptive and/or demonstrative that I have *some* grasp of basic English vocabulary words, I’d see something that blew me away, and out would come those words again.

For example, when I saw THE ACTUAL “Cave Canem” mosaic in Pompeii that I’ve seen in books, I opened my mouth and said, “wow, this is so amazing!”. Same thing when I saw incredibly well preserved statues, frescoes, clay jars, graffiti, etc. You get the idea. Below are some great pictures Dave took of some of the sights in both Pompeii and Herculaneum. We didn’t do either site justice by going to both in one day, but I did do myself and Dave a favor by limiting my incessant chant of “Wow, this is so amazing!” to only one day.

For those with delicate eyes, you’ll want to avoid the pictures of the frescoes found in the brothel in Pompeii, as well as the fresco found in the entryway of a villa showing a man weighing his schwanz on one side of a balance (there’s a money bag on the other side of the scale). For those of you who *don’t* have a delicate temperament, make sure you check out the frescoes found in the brothel in Pompeii as well as the one from the villa with the man weighing his schwanz on a scale. 🙂

THE Actual “Cave Canem” Mosaic in Pompeii

A view of Herculaneum with Mt. Vesuvius in the background

A beautifully preserved mosaic in Herculaneum

Statues from a Bath in Pompeii

Looking down a Pompeii Street with Mt. Vesuvius in the background

Pompei Mosaic of Birds

Fresco from a Pompei Villa (Schwanz on a Scale)

Fresco from a Pompeii Brothel

Brothel Fresco 3

Fresco from a Pompeii Brothel: Canem Style

– Meredith

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