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Trip To Amalfi Coast, Italy

July 14, 2012
Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Positano

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I don’t know why, but the Amalfi Coast has been on my bucket list for the last few years

We visited last month, and my family had to drag me back onto the plane

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Positano

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And the water was warm enough so that even I could dip in

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Amalfi

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We visited the villages of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello

We didn’t make it to the Isle of Capri, but we did make it to Pompeii,

buried by ash in 79AD by Mt Vesuvius and rediscovered in 1748 under 20 feet of earth

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Mt Vesuvius

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These Roman-straight streets were filled with sewage at the time

I love the stepping stones pedestrians used to get across the road/sewer

Chariot wheels were the perfect width to get through them (you can see their ruts)

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Pompeii

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One of the largest European archaeological sites,
this city has not been completely unearthed
as funds have been diverted to saving and restoring what has already been discovered

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Pompeii

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Archaeologists discovered ‘voids’ where people and animals had decomposed

Cleverly the voids were filled with plaster of paris to see what shape had been in the space,
revealing wooden doors, people, and animals

Later we hiked up Mt Vesuvius to the crater

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Mt Vesuvius Crater

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Not a lot to see inside, but the outside of the crater was covered in pink Valerian flowers

I don’t know what this flower is but it is gorgeous and found along the coast

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Now back to my ‘happy place’

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Positano

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Don’t you love this guy’s office?

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