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Favorite Moments: Pompeii, Italy

Favorite Moments: Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii proved to be beyond extraordinary and extremely educational. It was only a short trip by train from the city in which I was staying (Sorrento, Italy). Pompeii is a perfect example of how travel can relate to and reenforce what is learned in the classroom. Right after getting back from Europe, I was greeted with a class that focused on literacy through the years; the class began with the evidence of literacy from earlier times — specifically evidence from Pompeii.

TRAVEL TIP: There are plenty of “guides” that stand right out side of the entrance to the site that offer tours. THIS IS NOT A SCAM! You just need to be mindful of which guide you choose. Make sure they speak English (or whichever language) WELL before signing up for their tour. Also, be sure that you are content with the amount of people the guide will take on the tour. If you would prefer to be in a smaller group, make sure they are not going to be gathering a bunch of others. My experience with this was great! Our guide was very friendly and knowledgable. She was able to answer any questions we had, so definitely consider getting a guide at Pompeii.

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Because of the volcanic eruption the building remains were preserved very well along with occasional human remains. This has led researchers to understand a lot from this site. At the time of destruction, the city was occupied by about 20,000 people, an amphitheater, a complex water system, and port.

The remains of what is believed to have been a religious building

The remains of what is believed to have been a religious building

The ceilings of the eloquent public baths are well-maintained even today. The public baths exemplify how advanced this society was for their time; it was full with an aqueduct and heating system

The ceilings of the eloquent public baths are well-maintained even today. The public baths exemplify how advanced this society was for their time; it was full with an aqueduct and heating system

Relics that have been found throughout the excavation of Pompeii, along with a preserved body.

Relics that have been found throughout the excavation of Pompeii, along with a preserved body.

The amphitheater in Pompeii -- used for public announcements and performances

The amphitheater in Pompeii — used for public announcements and performances

It is said that when some of the divots in the stone road are filled with water they form into the shape of a penis. These penises point to the city brothel.

It is said that when some of the divots in the stone road are filled with water they form into the shape of a penis. These penises point to the city brothel.

In the brothel, above each door way there is a drawing of the position the women in the bedroom specializes in.

In the brothel, above each door way there is a drawing of the position the women in the bedroom specializes in.

My mom and I overlooking the ruined city of Pompeii

My mom and I overlooking the ruined city of Pompeii

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