This day was a really big and exciting day for us that we had been looking forward to for a long time now. Seeing Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius seemed out of our world, like this folk legend you hear about but never really believe actually exists. So we went, this morning - took an early train and made it to the doorstep of Pompeii like two 5 year olds walking through the Disneyland front gates for the first time, hand in hand and attached to every word from our guide Lina.
We stepped back into time almost quite literally as we were very soon walking on and among nearly 3000 year old ruins that remained from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The tour was 2 hours long and was the most educational and interesting history lesson we have ever had. We walked from one of the entrances of the city through the town plaza, between shops and homes, in alleyways, gardens, restaurants, temples and bath houses.
Near the end of our visit we were shown 3 body casts on display frozen in time in the last moments before they died of asphyxiation from the ash. One was of a slave - crouching with hands up covering his face so as not to breathe in the smoke and debris. Another, of a child, most recently displayed to the public and the last one was of a dog, contorted in position and in pain, having died chained up to a wall when the ash descended upon him.
In the time we spent there, we saw only 20% of the city. Lina estimated that there is still another 50-55% for us to see on another visit and lastly 25% of the city that is still underground and unearthed.... We would love to return some day and keep exploring but for now our time there will be cherished as a definite BUCKET LIST memory!