Yes, it was a long, hot day, but here I am, back again. :) I was feeling tired and kind of out of sorts when we got to Pompei, but we did it anyway, and it was really interesting! We spent 3 hours there, and I felt overly hot and almost sick feeling from it, but still sort of okay somehow. Thank you B vitamins!!! Anyway, sickly or not, it was fascinating! Saw some of those neat casts of bodies that were buried in the ash, and all sorts of neat artefacts. Just fascinating...I mean, people lived there, it was a real city, not just a museum! Quite amazing. Everything from the ruts in the road from the carts, to the houses, the shops, the pools, everything, it is just incredible, and I was THERE today! Can not believe it!
Then we went to Vesuvius, (we were driven around by the man from the place we are staying at, and another couple was with us, they wanted to go to Vesuvius.) and I really struggled with whether or not I should hike up. You can drive part of the way up, and the last 30 minutes or so is hiking up loose gravel and scree. I was SO tired, and SO hot, although we had stopped at a lovely restaurant for lunch, and I felt slightly rejuvenated. After much deliberation (and perhaps a stroke of insanity! Hahahahahahahaaa!!!) I decided to do it, and my Mum decided to join me, which was fun. :) It was really tough, but it was not as bad as I expected, and it was an absolutely amazing view over Naples and out into the Mediterranean sea, and the island of Capri. AND...you do get to look into the volcano, and it is just stunning. You know that thing is evidentially active and ready to blow? And Naples is right beneath it. We are going to have another Pompei one of these days. Just glad that was not today. :D Anyway, it was really beautiful, and I am glad I did it.
This evening, after supper I was asked by the other people staying here, to play my flute, so I played the first 3 movements of my Bach Sonata (by memory...it is all there! Yesssss!!!!) and Out of the Cool. They were stunned and loved it, so I was kind of happy and excited. :D
Now I am here. Seems like there is not a lot to write, but it was a super long and interesting day. Tomorrow we do Rome, visiting the Vatican and all that. Yet another hugely long day. I am looking forward to it, yes, but I am also looking forward to coming back in the evening and being able to say "Yes, that was good, but I am glad to be going to bed." because I know I will be glad. :) Pray that those B vitamins kick in. I think I am going to stick one in my pocket to take after lunch. Otherwise I will never make it. Fortunately, I am not as emotional as I was on Sunday and Monday, otherwise I would be bawling, because the thoughts that made me cry keep popping back into my head. Things keep reminding me of certain people, and I keep missing you. Lots.
Ah yes, and some of the people we met are Kiwis (from New Zealand) and it is so fun to hear their accents. There is a British, Kiwi, and Canadian accent in this house right now, and it is hilarious! My "Yeah" now sounds different, and I can not get my normal one back. It is so weird! And amusing!
Anyway, I am off! Many hugs to all of you. Miss you millions.
Someone suphocating in the ash from Mount Vesuvius, amidst a host of random artefacts. there is a gate in front of here and you can not walk among them.
The highways are well kept, but the driving is crazy! Not scary like Toronto, but so different from BC!
No witty captions today, sorry!