At the half way point of the cruise (10 days down, 10 to go) we took a break. We were in Rome (actually a 2 hour bus ride away) and since we’d already been there and weren’t looking forward to so much time on a bus, we took the day to do some laundry and be bums. It was nice to have the ship pretty much to ourselves for most of the days – not a lot of people were doing the back to back cruises, and of those that were, most went on the trip.
Bright and early the next day we docked in Naples, and headed off by bus to Pompeii, and had the worst weather of the trip, thus far. It rained cats and dogs, but fortunately just for a short period of time, then it was back to dry and just a little cool. Perfect walking weather.
Pompei was one of the trips we were most looking forward to. Some of the iconic remains were on loan to other entities, but what we saw was pretty amazing.
Of course we expected excavated remains of the village, but they’ve added modern art to the area which for some people was a distraction. I loved it. The artists did the pieces in a way that, if you didn’t know better, you’d think they were actual pieces from the time. I found them to be incredibly moving.
The remains themselves were spectacular.
Pedestrian walkways – elevated so they didn’t have to walk in muck!