Well it’s been a long time since we’ve posted. This was caused by a number of things: traveling, real life jobs, planning (and attending) our wedding, but mostly we were just being lazy. We have very much missed sharing our stories and adventures, and we have had many more since our last update. Plus the web-hosting charges for our site went through on our credit card automatically. So we figured what the hell, we may as well use it. So without further ado here is our first post of 2017, about a little place called Pompeii.For the relaunch we wanted to pick something physically beautiful, historically important and within minutes of some truly spectacular pizza. The location chosen was built more than 2,500 years ago, but was completely neglected for a millennia and a half. It seems a shame that a place so nice was ignored for so long, but in this case there was a completely justifiable explanation.
Pompeii was completely buried by a horrific volcanic eruption.
A VISIT TO A LIVING MUSEUM
The ruins of Pompeii are located very close to the modern city of Naples, Italy and can be reached by train in under 45 minutes. It has been a tourist attraction for more than 250 years and is a very popular place to visit, receiving around 2.5 million guests a year.
Luckily it is also massive so it does not feel at all crowded once you are out of the entrance area. The attraction of Pompeii is the snapshot of history. In A.D. 79 nearby Mount Vesuvius exploded in one of the most violent eruptions ever. Over the course of 2 days it kills many Pompeiians (Pompeiiers? Pompecurians?) and completely covers the town in volcanic ash.
Marble, stone, pots and people – all buried in a matter of hours.The end result of the airborne delivery of thousands of pounds of superheated molten rock and ash was: (a) a pretty shitty day for the citizens. (b) An ancient town and way of life frozen in time for future discovery.
A LOST CITY FOUND AGAIN
The whole site is both sad and beautiful. A combination of old stone and lush green vegetation.Volcanic ash is amazing for soil fertility. This is one of the reasons people insist on building their homes in the dangerous areas around them. Naples itself is a great example. It’s a metropolitan city of over 3 million people located less than 20kms away from the same very much active, Mt Vesuvius.
From Pompeii you can see it smoldering away in what we considered a very ominous fashion.The people of Naples don’t seem concerned at all about a cataclysmic eruption though and continue delicately uncovering more and more of this amazing site. They are seeming unaware that history repeats itself.
This may be crazy to people that have never been to Naples. Impossible to understand. But for those of us that have been there, we get it. There is something that Napoli offers that nowhere else can match. Something amazing that only they have perfected: