Pompeii was a great example of Roman life - neither rich nor poor - it was a booming trading city. 79 AD marked its cataclysmic end.
Of all the archaeological sites and museums we were visiting in our Mediterranean adventure, I looked forward to this the most. How were the remains of the people preserved like that? What was life like back then? How does it look like in person? The internet is overflowing with Pompeii pictures. I even found an intriguing documentary on You.Tube; and of course, the movie that dramatically portrayed a love story that made its inhabitants so real. I want to be there. I want to see it for myself.
The wind was nippy, the day cloudy. Once in a while the sun peeps through the clouds and we'd see some blue sky and nice sunshine. There were many tourists, everyone excited, most people snapping pictures just like me. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and humorous. I think that played a lot in my enjoyment of the experience. Without consciousness of the past - the story behind, the meaning of a certain ruin or a remain - I think it would have been just pile of stones. What an eerie perspective turned out to be the most enjoyable part of my tour.
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