European Adventure

I’ve been gone for a while. However, I have good reason: Amoeba and I hit the high seas! Arrrgghhh

I went on a nice long cruise and went to such historically significant places as Rome, Athens, Rhodes (Greece), Ephesus (Turkey), and Istanbul–or Constantinople for you older folk.

I visited many sites of great architectural significance.

I had only already been to Rome, so it was pretty much all new to me.

A map showing the cities and towns affected by...

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The biggest surprise, was in Italy. A site not too far from the port of Naples, where we docked. Pompeii gets all the notoriety, but Herculaneum is an impressive site worth visiting.  Herculaneum was a smaller, richer city thriving in 79 AD when Mt Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii.  Thing is, in 79 AD when Vesuvius erupted, it also buried Herculaneum. It was buried in a different way and has been very well preserved. Frescoes still cover many walls. Many skeletal remains were found as well, which was a treasure for archaeologists and anthropologists, as the Romans customarily cremated their dead.

If you make it to Naples, I highly recommend a trip to Herculaneum; in addition to, or in lieu of Pompeii.

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