Actually, it was a rather enjoyable bus ride overall. This was our first experience with the packed lunches prepared for us by the hotel. They were mostly bread with a few pieces of meat and/or cheese. Some complained that there was no mayonnaise, but that didn't bother me. I much prefer other condiments to mayo. Unless it's aioli. That's delicious. Sandwiches and fresh fruit aside, the bus ride to Pompeii was a great way to see the countryside of Italy. Beautiful rolling hills and mountains behind valleys filled with farms and waterways. Flocks of sheep grazing, withering farm houses that still house families, rows of olive trees in fields to provide for the farmers and their families.
It was a slow start in Pompeii working out details of which people were separated into what groups
This famous site was one I saw in history books and had always wanted to visit. So well preserved by layers of rock and ash, artifacts were pulled out by the hundreds during some of the excavations. We were hoping to see statues that had been dusted off and stood up for display, plaster casts of decayed bodies still in the rooms where they were found, but all that remained were the frescos on the walls and a few pieces of pottery hidden in a back room
If we had the time we could have seen twice as much as we did, but that's not even a quarter of everything. We left the old city and headed back through the modern shops to buy ice cream and gifts to take home with us. Another bus ride was in order. We made it back in time for our usual four course meal complete with four or five kinds of fish, ten kinds of mozzarella, and probably some delicious dessert. Much better than sandwiches.
Pompeii and the Longest Bus Ride
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Pompei, Campania, Italy