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Italy: Pompeii Ruins

Pompeii was a Roman city that was completely covered in volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The city was excavated and can now be toured in its entirety. It’s amazing what still stands today. Mosaic floors and painted walls have been preserved wonderfully in the past 2,000 years. As you walk through the city, it isn’t all that difficult to imagine what life must have been like there. There are houses, kitchens, aqueducts, a gymnasiums, a spa, a cemetery, a vineyard, an amphitheater, and training grounds for gladiators. Everything is laid out exactly as it was so long ago. It actually took us a long time to walk through the city. So long, that my pregnant feet couldn’t handle it anymore. I had to cut our trip short, but not without seeing the casts of the bodies first. About 20,000 people were instantly buried along with their town. Their decomposed bodies left voids in the soil that were filled in with plaster to get pretty amazing molds. You can almost see their facial expressions. How terrified they must have been in their final moments…

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