So I'm going to talk about history today - click away quickly if that bores you silly.......... Some 500 years BC, a thriving little sea port in Southern Italy grew and grew until it became a center of commerce and an important city - and in 460BC the Romans came and started building roads, amphitheatres, public baths, and all the other stuff they were so good at. They called it Pompeii
Can you believe looking at the next two photos, of the amphitheatres where gladiators used to fight to the death that they were built around 300BC.......
But the folk that lived in Pompeii weren't that lucky really, in 62AD there was a huge earthquake that flattened a lot of the city, and they had just rebuilt it when Mount Vesuvius erupted and the whole city and it's inhabitants were buried under thousands of tons of volcanic ash and dust, and there it lay, under it's protective covering of volcanic ash for hundreds of years
Then in 1748 some archaeologists started excavating and found this extraordinarily well preserved city, houses of rich merchants, brothels with rather graphic frescoes on the walls (and some very uncomfortable looking stone beds, I do hope the poor things had a mattress back in the day), streets of shops..............quite extraordinary and they are still excavating to this day
Just a couple more photos, shot as we meandered around some Italian villages - I do love Italy
all that walking deserved an ice cream break - this was the real stuff, a heavy duty fix for an ice cream addict......
See you tomorrow with a last holiday blast - we'll take a wander around Barcelona shall we? See you then.... x