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POMPEII

Wild dogs and and marauding school kids

sunny 25 °C

Headed to Amalfi via Pompeii. It's an amazing place. The scale of it is massive. It did seem that a lot of the areas were closed, but you got a pretty good impression. As with most of the tourist traps we've been to, in comparison to Australia, I'm still amazed at how reasonable the entry and on-site catering prices are. There were lots of stray dogs, some of them were pretty big too but they were docile enough. Couldn't say the same for the school groups. Seemed like there were thousands of them, and every single one seemed to be jumping up and down in front of the various ruins so their mates could take silly photos. I reckon the next generation's family albums (electronic of course) will be hilarious - and probably hidden! Initially I was a bit disappointed with the frescos and things, they all seemed a lot duller than the promo pics, but lo and behold, when I looked at the photos, they were bright as well. So the flash does a good job! It was fascinating to see little glimpses of life back then - like the wheel ruts in the cobbles. And listening to people walking around, regardless of where you where, they all seemed to think they were on the street with the brothels in them! What with the abundance of wine shops, they seemed to live pretty well! We stayed for about four hours, but with the sun beating down, it was sort of enough. Overall it was fantastic, although I would really like to see it with a few less people there. But I doubt that that will ever happen!

Posted by barrylogan 01:39 Archived in Italy

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