Castle and ruins - Caserta and Pompei

Trip Start Apr 26, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Thursday, September 4, 2008

After seeing Gargano it was now time to see one of the places that I remember always hearing and learning about at school - Seeing Pompeii. I can tell you it was nothing like I expected. For some reason I had it in my mind that it would be like an underground town that had been dug out and you enter it like into a cave, with underground streets and you would see the people and animals and life frozen in their final terrifying moments of life. But it wasn't anything like that. The town is out in the open and you only get to see two bodies (I know it's strange that I wanted to see the bodies, but really in the end who isn't curious to see the expressions and final positions of those just about to die?). Anyway the two bodies were kept in glass cases and I was fascinated by them. The other things that remained were many houses and tiny streets that were just gorgeous. It was like a ghost town. Seeing ancient and very intricate mosaics was also something that I enjoyed alot. Also working out with Dad the purpose of the various buildings and courtyards that we saw. Without the story it's not very interesting so a great part of the experience was understanding how these people lived and fortunately with my Dad who knows alot about history I was able to ask many questions and understand the story much better than if I'd been by myself. So I've put in some pictures. I have more which I will add later, but unfortunately the internet cafe that I'm at doesn't have a DVD drive so I can't load them up now. The other pictures that I've taken are of a castle at Caserta that is absolutely enormous! It took us a good few hours to walk through the gardens, but it was a peaceful and relaxing experience.
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