The morning started with breakfast at the hotel. There were a few breads, but what really made my day was the nesquick. We actually got cold milk! Then we hopped in the bus for the 90 min. drive to Pompeii. Pompeii had so many tourists! There were tour groups from every cruise line I could think of.
The ruins were fascinating. Everything was so well preserved you could see the multiple levels of houses. We walked around for about four hours and saw the amphitheater, houses, temples, markets, bakeries, baths, and the brothel. The last having huge lines because it is so well preserved you can see the frescoes on the walls detailing their services. I was surprised by all the stray dogs we saw. One tried to follow us after lunch.
I liked seeing the stepping stones in the streets. Sara said in her presentation that citizens of Pompeii would flood the streets to clean them so there were stones to allow access. And, the average person was only about four and a half feet tall so all the doorways were minuscule.
Once we finished at Pompeii we went back to the bus and headed to Paestum. There is a site with three Greek temples. It’s astounding. The basic structures are practically complete. The site isn’t as well excavated as Pompeii but it’s interesting to see the difference in style. The columns and temples themselves were absolutely gigantic. That completed our class, I can’t believe it’s already about time to go home.
I was able to journal by the pool before dinner. The scenery is relaxing and the hotel is charming, even with the giant spiders. Dinner was the best we’ve had. First we had tomatoes with bread and onions in a sauce. There was buffalo mozzarella which was amazing and not at all like what we have at home. It came in little balls which squirted as you cut them and wasn’t as sweet as I expected. The first course also included mashed potatoes which were fried into shapes like twinkies.
The second course was a home-made pasta. It was a penne with a pesto sauce, cheese, and zucchini. Wonderful. The meat was some type of poultry still on the bone. I tried to be lady-like and cut it off. A total failure and I resorted to my hands. Dessert was a strawberry spongecake with lemon pudding/custard in it. It was a really nice dinner. We finished by everyone sharing their favorite parts of the trip.