Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The last day of Pompei


These are just a few pictures ; could be I will post some extras later on...






I thought it was a bird (says something about me, no ?) but hubby said, hell no - that's a penis (very loud, he would say the words crushed and balls later on during our holiday - he forgot only we speak Flemish and most of the other tourists in Italy English).
I had to give him the benefit of the doubt and yes in fact it was a fallus-symbol ; that doesn't mean it's the red-light district of Pompeii ; it brings wealth and good fortune to once house.

Our ancient home ; also #22 ...

Hubby is everywhere ; you just can't pass by him :-)




Mary Beard has just published this book as we came back from our Italy adventure. I bought her book today.
I always wanted to visit Pompeii, after listening to my history teacher when I was a teenager. History was one of my favourite subjects in school. Later on, a serie called The Last days of Pompeii back in 1984, hit our screens and I was even more intrigued by the tragic event in AD 79.
Now, as a lot of things, the story of Pompeii is over-romanticized. Mary Beard has written this book to explain how life really must have been in Pompeii and what possibly really happened.
She teaches in Cambridge and is editor 'classicals' for the The Times Literary Supplement.

13 comments:

Dutch donut girl said...

I love the pictures. Makes me wish I went to Italy too.

The Peach Tart said...

I've never been to Pompei but always wanted to go. The pictures are beautiful.

Taylor S. said...

i love the pictures, i wish i went to Italy! How was the experience? I would love to find out more.
xoxo taylor

diane said...

That last photo chilled me to the bone. . .in August. I don't think I could ever visit a place like that.

Dominica said...

@Diane
It was extremely hot, true and I was glad you could use the fointains and drinkable water units...
Can't wait to read MB's book now...

@DDG - TPT - TS
Italy is awesome, I just can't stop talking about it - hubby is very excited too ; 'told you so' is heard a lot of times in hour house these days, but in a good way !

Vic said...

I've always wanted to go there - the pictures are great, and I'm going to go find that book.

Can I come on vacation with you next year? I'll bring snacks...

Jack Daniel said...

Ooh...you're on a holiday? I didn't knew! Haha....oops!

Intruiging pictures!

Dominica said...

@Vic
book was mentioned just this week in our local newspaper..funny and I could see her point (of view)
Yes you can come, even without the snacks ! Icecream enough in Italy !!

@JD
Silly you, you should check your Twitter more often !!

Dedene said...

Great pictures! I'm jealous, I've always wanted to visit.
You've had a fantastic holiday!

DAKOTA RICO said...

My great grandmother was 100% Italian hehe.

Dominica said...

@Dedene
but France is pretty good too, no ?

@Dakota R.
I'm so jealous right now ... maybe there's some bio-twist in me that has some serious South European piece in me (i do hope so)...I was trilled when I entered the Max Mara shop in Sorrento and the shoplady began her convo in Italian and I felt so proud ! woho !

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