We were in Italy for a week and the first "touristy" place we went to was Pompeii. We've always been fascinated by the idea of a "preserved" first century city. If you ever get a chance to go, take comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen and snacks to get you through. We walked through most of the city and saw so many ruins that they all started to run together. Since we weren't willing to shell out big bucks for a guide, we missed some things though.
Steve is standing on an intricate mosaic floor (don't worry, you're allowed to walk there). The black and white pattern was made with sugar cube sized pieces of marble. Along with the mosaics, many wall frescos were also preserved.
We saw some of the preserved bodies (actual bones still in tact) and the casts of bodies (plaster casts of the "holes" found in the ash. Even though all life was wiped out of Pompeii in 79 AD, the city has some very new residents. We found this bird's nest among the ruins as we passed by.
We went with a group of friends who live in Italy or Albania, and shared pictures, so the picture of us together was taken by our friends. We are "reading" ancient political ads. I wonder what promises were made?