Ancient Pompeii (June 2005)
Ancient Pompeii, a town frozen in time after being destroyed in AD 79 by a violent
eruption from Mt. Vesuvius. It remained buried under 30 feet of mud and ash until
excavations began in 1748.
This was our first glimpse of the ancient city
We were surprised to see so much use of brick in the Ancient Roman construction
View down one of the main streets leading through town
Still standing strong after over 2,000 years
This building, and countless others are still completely intact. Notice the beautiful
detail on the walls and ceiling!
Many columns were constructed with brick center, and then covered over with a
smooth, cement-like finish.
Once a thriving commercial port of twenty thousand, many of the stone streets
show evidence of the years of chariot traffic.
View from the nose-bleed section of their 'small' amphitheatre.
It was an eerie feeling walking the same streets that were once home to the
2,600 Romans who did not evacuate and were lost in the eruption.
Once last glimpse of Mt. Vesuvius as we continued heading south
Italy's Amalfi Coast
Just south of Mt. Vesuvius is Italy's Amalfi coast. It is one of the most dramatic and
scenic drives that Italy has to offer. Around every corner was another 500-foot sheer
drop-off to the rocky coast below. During peak season in July and August, locals
are only allowed to drive every other day to make room for the daring tourists with
their rental cars and oversized campers.
Our ocean-front property for a couple of nights in Sorrento
Karen, preparing another gourmet pasta dish (while Destin 'stays busy' taking pictures'
The 'picture-perfect' Amalfi Coast
One of the secluded beaches only accessible by boat... or a long hike!
The town of Amalfi
The clear-blue waters reminded us of 'work' in the Caribbean
An office with a view... trying to get caught up with all the pictures...
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