Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday Photos - Pompeii.

We are letting mum take over the blog on various days this week to show some of her holiday photos. As you can see, the Flats got to share the Beans bed in their hotel room before they flew to Rome.

Mum likes to take sunset pictures so she took some from the balcony before they sailed from Rome.

It wasn't until she took this photo that she noticed the birds flying in a straight line. She wishes she could have caught them flying across the sun.

Goodbye sun. Make sure you come back tomorrow.

Okay, we think we had better let mum do the talking now.
Thanks boys.
Our first stop was Naples and we had arranged to go on a private tour to Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano with other Cruise Critic members. We started with Pompeii which was buried by ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD.


You can see Mt. Vesuvius in the back ground.


The people had no chance to escape and were killed by the intense heat of 250C rather than suffocation. When the people were buried under the ash, their bodies decomposed, and when the archeologists were uncovering the city they poured plaster into the spaces left by the bodies to get an exact replica of the bodies that had been there.


The frescoes and statues have survived the disaster surprisingly well.


A main street.



A bakery. The oven is behind the guide.

This was one of the many brothels. They all had frescoes to show what went on there. Some rather more explicit than this.

There were several small rooms off the main entrance to the brothel each containg a stone bed.

The main street.

This is a reproduction of their street signs. This would have been District 7 Block 13.

All the best houses had large mosaic entrance halls.
So that is just some of the many photos I took of Pompeii. Next time we will see Sorrento and Positano.

40 comments:

Cindy said...

Fantastic pictures! What a wonderful trip you must had! So interesting.

The Creek Cats said...

Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us!

Brian said...

Such great pictures, but kind of scary that something like that happened!

Jo:) said...

Wow! First I can't believe it's so uncovered! Pompeii has always fascinated me, to actually walk down those streets and see what you have seen wow! And still so well preserved, you can actually get a feel for the way of life back then.
SO cool! and thank you for sharing! :)

William said...

Just wonderful! We had no idea about the casts of the bodies--how very fascinating!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

loved this trip! i didn't know you were on cruise critic. i am "shipshapegal" (because if i lay on the floor i am shaped like the ship! what is your cc name?

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxo

Tigger said...

Amazing and informative pictures. Thanks!

Cory said...

Mom remembers reading about the people of Pompeii and being haunted by the stories and the way they were able to pour casts of the people. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

What a cool trip. I see you napping while she does the blog for you!

Lone Star Purrs said...

These are AMAZING pictures!!! I want to go now!! My parents are on CC too! (I think they have 3 cruises scheduled for the next year!)
Thanks for sharing!!
~LSP Momma Becca

Kari said...

We hadn't realized how much of the site has been excavated. We know that recently a few buildings have collapsed due to lack of funds for upkeep. How horribly sad. You are very lucky to have had a chance to visit.

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Wow, how cool this trip looks!! Rumblemum is very envious! (Tho I think she'd settle for two days of Eric and Flynn cuddles)

Ginger Jasper said...

Fabulous pictures. Mum and dad said they brought back so many memories. They loved that place too. Loved the sunset pictures. Of course seeing my flat friends was the best. Hugs GJ xx

Lisa, Jack and Baby said...

Wow, we learned stuff about Pompeii we never knew before!

Sparkle said...

Hmmm. Not sure if I totally appreciate your sharing your blog with your human, since these photos make my human want to visit this Pompeii place. And you know what that means - a rather extended absence from my supervision! Fortunately she has not been checking out flight schedules quite yet.

Au and Target said...

How lovely. I went years ago and this has brought it all back. Thanks for reminding me of such an amazing experience. Love the flat Eric and Flynn.

Huffle Mawson said...

The Pompeii exhibition just finished in Melbourne and mum and dad saw the body casts!

Furkidsmom said...

Great pictures! Our Mom is on cruise critic too although she hasn't signed on for a while. She's Furkidsmom (what a surprise!)

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

The mom speaks:

What absolutely fabulous pics. Tomorrow I am going to a talk and slideshow about Pompeii (by a archelogist and lecturer) so these pics couldn't have appeared at a better time to whet my appetite. Thanks for sharing.

We love Luna said...

Bonjour dear friends!
Wonderful pictures, I'm enchanted by the set of sunsets here, so special, so magnificent! :)
Very interesting reportage about Pompeii!
purrs and love
Luna

Marg said...

Those are such great pictures. Our Mom really enjoyed them since she doesn't get to see things like that. She really liked seeing them. Looks like it was a wonderful trip. Hope you have a good week.

The Monkeys said...

Awesome pictures! It looks like your beans, along with the Flats, really had a great time!

Kea said...

Stunning sunset photos.

Pompeii really is chilling, isn't it? To see the casts of the people who died...freaky. Definitely haunting. Humans just trying to do their best in their day-to-day lives, wanting happiness and fulfillment as we do...and poof! gone.

VERY interesting photos, think it would have left this human feeling very unsettled for quite some time, to see it first hand.

Daisy said...

Oh goodness, what amazing photos!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Mum says she didn't know they made body casts - what a clever thing to do. We loved all the pictures that your mum showed everybody.

Madi and Mom said...

Eric and Flynn...tell your Mum thank you for taking us on the tour of Pompeii. Excellent pictures and commentary...we are so excited about the next chapter,
Hugs Madi and Mom

The Island Cats said...

What an interesting place!! Thanks for sharing those photos with us. Mom has never been to such interesting places as your beans, so she is living vicariously through them!!

Simba said...

That is all very interesting. Thanks for showing us!

The Whiskeratti said...

Wow. Very cool pictures. TY for sharing with us.

Laila and Minchie said...

Awesome pictures! Our mum would love to go there! Thank you for sharing!

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Tell your Mum and Dad we think their pictures are just fabulous!
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Katnip Lounge said...

That must be so amazing, to walk streets over 2000 years old! I chuckled at the two businesses you saw, a bakery and a brothel...looks like priorities don't change much!
MomKat Trish

Angel and Kirby said...

THank you for sharing. Those are fantastic pictures. So much history.

ABBY said...

OOOOOOO we love love love the pictures.
Thank you for posting them
They are fantastic.
Our Mom loves sunrises, sunsets and moon rises too!

purrin
xoxoxox
Abby

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Stone beds, huh?
Not to comfy for man nor kitty.

Mom's always been fascinated by Pompeii. It's so humbling to see those images of the people as they took their last breath of life.

CatLadyDiary.com said...

So much stone...I hope they had pillows!

betweencatsblog said...

Like the flat cats sharing the journey.
We went to Pompeii a few years ago, wish we'd had more time there as we were only there for a few hours on a day trip. We stayed in Sorrento. Did you buy any disgusting limoncello??

Kate and Dora the Explorer

Sagira said...

Wow...those are some really interesting photos. Especially neat how they thought to pour stuff in to get the exact shape of the bodies.

Luna T. Katt said...

That's awesome~! Fangs fur sharing wif us =^_^=

Fin said...

How interesting this place is!