Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Voyage Begins

We were welcomed on board the Aegean Odyssey on Tuesday afternoon (with a long-stemmed red rose for me!) and enjoyed dinner on the deck as our ship sailed from Rome’s port, Civitavecchia, at 7pm .302 Presentation rose 305 Boak on Terrace cafe deck Early next morning the ship anchored off Sorrento and the crew began the slow task of transferring more than 300 passengers to shore by tender, where we were joined by our tour guides and whisked off in buses for a full day excursion tramping round Pompeii and Herculaneum.347 Ship's tender

This is our third visit to Pompeii, and this time it struck me just how “modern” these ancient Romans were.

They had pedestrian-only precincts, created by road-blocks like this one near the Forum.361 Road block to ForumFast food outlets and  public drinking fountains.

369 Fast food shop Pompeii 379 Street fountain Double storeyed houses (those square holes were where the wooden floor joists went).

368 Evidence of upper storey

Water features in their gardens.

378 Garden house of little fountain   Even graffiti!  410 Rufus Villa of Mysteries The writing near this sketch says “This is Rufus”.

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