Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

Pompeii and Herculaneum (June 2013)

Visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum, just south of Naples, was so much fun. These cities were so mindblowing to see. They felt so alive. It was easy to imagine daily life in these places, the comings and goings, the way people actually lived. A lot of ancient ruins (Rome included) feel so sterile and not lived in. I loved seeing such well-preserved cities.

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Below you’ll find a few highlights of daily life, and then the gallery of more pictures.

Art everywhere! Seeing all this art in the place it was intended to be, rather than a museum, made everything feel that much more real.

Art everywhere! Seeing all this art in the place it was intended to be, rather than a museum, made everything feel that much more real.

This was a great system of street names back when so many people were illiterate. "I'll met you on the corner of donkey street and cow street!"

This was a great system of street names back when so many people were illiterate. “I’ll met you on the corner of donkey street and cow street!”


This used to be a bar. Each giant jug was filled with a different kind of wine. There were tons of these in Herculaneum. Romans really love their wine!

Ruts from the carts.

Ruts from the carts.

More art.

More art.

Wine advertisement! So cool that this was still preserved and readable.

Wine advertisement! So cool that this was still preserved and readable.

The prices for each type of wine are written in roman numerals below.

The prices for each type of wine are written in roman numerals below.

No one knows exactly what it must have felt like to be in Pompeii while the eruption was happening. But the final resting position of this person is heartwrenching. Curling up in a fetal position and covering your eyes... just knowing these are your final moments, but still trying to protect yourself from the searing pain and the screams all around you...

No one knows exactly what it must have felt like to be in Pompeii while the eruption was happening. But the final resting position of this person is heartwrenching. Curling up in a fetal position and covering your eyes… just knowing these are your final moments, but still trying to protect yourself from the searing pain and the screams all around you…

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Some of the rooms were very large.

Some of the rooms were very large.

Mt Vesuvius

Mt Vesuvius

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This entry was posted on September 29, 2013 by in Architecture, Italy, Photos, Travel, UNESCO and tagged , , , , , .
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