Pompeii and Paestum

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December 17, 2014 by brasiersarah

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen the volcano erupted and filled the city with ash it near perfectly preserved the bodies of Pompeiis inhabitants. It was common in those days for the rich to eat their food only to throw it up again to make room for more. So socially acceptable it was that vommitoriams were constructed to feed this unusual habit. Know by the historians they used this to identify the class of the bodies they found. To have serious damage to the teeth was to be categorised as wealthy because the stomach acids would slowly disintegrate their teeth each time they decided to rid the belly of a meal. Therefore any bodies with bad teeth were placed in the wealthy class and the good teeth in the poor.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was part of a sauna and amazingly enough there hasn’t been any restorative work done to any of the building. Pompeii was almost perfectly preserved by the ash of the volcano.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur trip to Pompeii was mostly centered around prostitution and shenanigans. The carving you see is to notify the newly landed sailors that they were in the spot they were looking for.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was on the footpath and the how shall I say the “shaft” pointed you in the right direction. Assuming that’s were you wanted to go.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce you found what and who you were looking for this is where you went. I assumed that it was a little more lavish than what is there now.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPompeii was a main port during its glory days and as such people from all over the world came here to trade and well explore the local culture. Many of the newly arrived tourists did not know the local language and locals to theirs. Pictures were put up of the local ladies “capabilities” so the language barrier could be torn down.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvery and I mean EVERY train we caught we caught running. We never missed a train but we were always sweating, breathless and in curious as to what we left behind when we got on.

PAESTUM

More ruins and ancient cities to be explored.

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