Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Final Italian stop: Salerno

The week flew by as we moved from city to city and site to site. Having only small backpacks made it easy to pack up and catch a train to our next stop. After the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, we headed farther south to the base of the Amalfi coast. Time slowed a bit as we didn't have any plans or "must-dos" other than relax a bit as our trip came to an end. Salerno is a relatively small coastal town and we had a few lazy days.

Along the Trieste Seafront Promenade 
Narrow streets in the old part of town

For some reason, this store caught Krista in its tractor beam...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Herculaneum - oh so impressive

Mt Vesuvius' pyroclastic flows not only buried the Roman town of Pompeii but other settlements in the area. Herculaneum is located a bit north from its popular neighbor and receives only a fraction of the hordes known to flow through Pompeii. Yet, it is an amazing location to wander about and can be done without lots of people. The site spans a smaller area as much of it is covered by the present day city. As we visited, the rain finally caught up with us but we were able to duck into "homes" and other shelters.

Ancient Herculaneum with the modern city behind.

At one point, these bays opened up towards the ocean front. Many skeletons inside.

Jugs & Charred Wood (reportedly original...)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mt Vesuvius

From Pompeii, we decided to head up to the top of the mountain that had caused so much damage. I guess we could say that we climbed it, but by the time the shuttle bus wound up the roads and dropped us off in the parking lot the walk up was a brief one. The mountain was a bit bashful and kept itself hidden most of the time. The occasional glimpse across the crater or to a higher peak kept us looking for more.

Lots of tourists wind their way of these slopes. 
Looking across the crater

Peering into the crater

Woohoo! 30 seconds of blue skies.