When you go to such an AWESOME ancient city it is really hard to narrow photos down to just a few.
About a year before we left NZ we started researching places we wanted to visit. It was a typical Friday night in our house for a LONG time and Lara was involved too. She made a list of things she wanted to see, mainly revolving around Harry Potter, but Pompeii was her BIG must do. So here we are in Pompeii!! First let me say how BLESSED I feel that we can make our daughter’s dream come true. Secondly and honestly, I wasn’t expecting much. I’ve seen a lot of ruins in my life... We read the average tourist takes 2-3 hours. Well after 6+ hours today we called it quits and sent Ian the 1km+ back to get the car. It was mind-blowing. The Romans were so advanced, it was extraordinary to walk an entire city in such good condition.
Traveling tip: Rick Steve’s does free podcast audio guides for loads of tourist places. Our friends just told us about them in Rome and we used it today for the first time!! It was awesome, really clear, good directions and saved us about 25 Euros on audio guides! Oh, and don’t bring a stroller!! Thankfully we didn’t. There is a new handicap accessible route but it was still rough and missed a lot. We saw a few parents carrying the baby in a stroller - not fun!
And to cap off a great day, some of the stuff our adult travel dreams were made of. The patriarch host at our apartment joined us in the garden, shared his lemon cello (my dad’s favorite), watermelon & lemon off his tree and his best tips of what to do around the area. All in ITALIAN as he didn’t speak a word of English. It is an hour or two that I won’t forget. Has anybody else had an awesome interaction with a host family without a common language????
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