Last Stop: Naples

Posted by barb on Mar 31, 2006 in Pictures, Travels |

Sunrise over Mt. Vesuvius

Naples was our last port before returning home. We got up early to grab breakfast before our shore excursion. When we walked out onto the aft deck with our breakfast trays, we saw the sunirsing over Mout Vesuvius. Wow! My breakfast got cold while I snapped a few pictures, but that was well worth the resulting pictures.

Looking down on Herculaneum

It seemed that most of the ship was going to Pompeii, but Andrew and I had decided on Herculaneum. Pompeii had been covered by ash from Vesuvius, but Herculaneum, on the other side of Vesuvius, was covered by 30 meters of mud.

Our guide was a bit of a putz, but did point out some cool things to us (when we could find him and hear him). One of our first stops was a thermopolium – a shop that sold food of some kind. There were counters with huge pots embedded in them where food would have been kept and sold. Across the street was a wine shop, with similar large pots, but half-buried in the ground to keep the wine cool.

Another Thermopolium

Intact wall fittings in the Wine Shop

Our guide also showed us an intact store that was found, complete with a second level. The wood wall fittings still hanging on the walls and a railing on the second-level. In several places we saw carbonized wood – original wood still in place.

In addition, there were lots of mosaics that have been excavated and painted walls could still be seen. All in all, the site was spectacular.

Painted wall in the House with the Wooden Partition   Neptune Mosaic

Cameo from Italy

On our way back to the ship we stopped at a cameo workshop where I picked up a beautiful cameo for myself.

Check out all of my pictures from the day in my Herculaneum Excursion Flickr Photoset

1 Comment

Apr 11, 2006 at 9:38 am

The picture of the sunrise was amazing. Nice work!! Also, sounds like a very interesting place – one that would be neat to see. 🙂


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