Pompeii, Naples Italy
Guided Group Tour
The Pine trees in Italy caught my attention. The trees, because of their shape, are called Umbrella Pine, Italian Stone Pine or Parasol Pine. I've been seeing these trees all over, so I was curious. The tour guide explained: "They do not grow like these on there own. Look closer and you'll see where branches were cut as the tree grows. Maintaining the shape of the trees like this had been a tradition since the Renaissance period." Frankly, I think they are gorgeous this way. I wonder if the pine-trees in my native home, Baguio City (Philippines), could also be pruned like this? There's an abundance of these trees in the Mediterranean and is quite popular because of it's delicious pine nuts. I was not introduced to pine nuts until I came to New Brunswick and lived with a family of Macedonian descent. So, the pine tree we have in the Philippines is probably of a different kind?
Excited crowds were moving along the narrow cobbled pathway in Pompeii. Like everyone else, I was eagerly taking pictures. Hubby felt something fall on his head... bird poof? We were alarmed. He touched it and it was sticky like super glue - pine tree sap! I teased, "you can keep it, smells so good." I was not lying. But he was too uncomfortable to admire it - "Hubby got sapped," was the joke of the day :)
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