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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

R: Restoration & Rome

Pompeii is flashy when it comes to ancient Roman sites, but I've always liked Herculaneum more. I went there two years ago and enjoyed the quiet streets of the former seaside town, also destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79AD.

According to The History Blog, you can now see more of Herculaneum. The Decumanus Maximus, Herculaneum's main thoroughfare, has now been reopened after 20 years of being closed for maintenance. This is a huge contrast to Pompeii, which was basically falling apart last year as buildings collapsed.

*shakes fist at Italian government*

And because I can't find my pictures from Herculaneum, here's some of my favorite pics from Rome.

Best angry eyes ever! Can you tell someone was tired of looking at really old stuff? Why hang out in the Coliseum when you could be chasing alley cats?


welcome to my world of poetry said...

Most enjoyable to read also the pictures,


VR Barkowski said...

Love the photographs and you're making me think again. I'm returning to Italy in September, ending the month in Rome. Due to travel logistics, I've never been to Pompeii or Herculaneum - a huge omission that maybe I can correct this trip.

L.G.Smith said...

Oh, man. I really want to go there!!

Mark Noce said...

Very cool! I've visited Pompeii a couple times and they used to let you explore more of it before, but now they limit access in sections. Guess I'll have to check out Herculaneum now:)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha ha! Love those angry eyes. :-)

Vicki Tremper said...

Someday she'll be happy you dragged her to look at really old stuff! At least that's what I keep telling myself about my own kids.

Renee Yancy said...

Great pics, Stephanie! I really admire you for the fact that you go to these places and you take your kids. I can't imagine doing that. Sooner or later I'm going to write a story that takes place in Rome. I'm fascinated by the catacombs and "underground Rome".

Medeia Sharif said...

Cool post and pictures. I hope to visit one day. I'm sure those angry eyes will light up when they see this picture years later. How many kids can say they've seen really old stuff?