Thursday 22 August 2013

Day 5 - Pompeii

WARNING! Picture heavy post!

Today was Pompeii day! A place I have wanted to visit since I was 11 years old and started Latin lessons.
We took the shuttle bus to town and then got the train to Pompeii Scavi station. It was then literally a three minute walk to the entrance. We were so pleased that we had bought our ticket yesterday as the queue was about 45 minutes long. We were able to skip,that and go straight to rent the audio guide. It was really busy at the entrance - tour guides were a pain as their groups were spread across the pavements, however we just pushed our way through and got on with what we wanted to do and see!
We saw loads!
Temple of Venus
Hugh listening to the audio guide
Looking at the Temple of Jupiter with Vesuvious in the background
Hugh in the Forum
We saw the figures frozen time,

we saw bath houses,
Hugh in the ladies' bath house changing room

we saw theatres
Hugh took this and I am actually in the photo, right over the other side!

Close up of me!
And a photo of Hugh taking a photo of me!

we saw bakeries

We found a shady spot to eat our picnic in an old house. We walked for miles in high sun and heat, however there was a nice breeze. We walked all the way from one end to the other. I loved the amphitheatre were the gladiators fought.
The last thing we went to was the Villa Misteria were we saw some fantastic paintings.

We exited the site just before 4pm having arrived at 10.15am and had an orange slushy each - bliss! The train left at 4.15pm

 and we eventually got back to the hotel just after 5.30pm. We had a swim, a shower and then ate. We Skyped Penny. We are now collapsed on the bed, Hugh is watching 'You've been framed' in Italian and I am about to read. A lovely day.


Sian said...

Me too! I had been dreaming about going since I started Latin and couldn't help but think of my old Latin teacher as we went round. Amazing place

Karen said...

It looks as fascinating as it has always sounded. I love seeing photographs of places I'll probably never visit.

Missus Wookie said...

Another who has wanted to go since she first heard about it. Thanks for sharing!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

I am enjoying your Italy posts so much, Becky! Gosh, I just LOVE ruins and old stuff like that - REALLY makes me want to visit Italy and go to some of the same places you've shared.

Susanne said...

You don't have to warn us that it is picture heavy - that's a bonus in my book. I'm loving seeing your Pompeii vacation. I've never been anywhere as old as there.

Abi said...

It looks such an interesting place to visit if sad. How amazing that there is so much left to see.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Awesome photos.

Melissa said...

Looks like a fabulous day!

Anonymous said...

It's been super being able to see these places through your (and Hugh's) eyes. I've loved seeing all your Italy blogs. I know I'll never get there so it's extra special being able to see them.