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il Vesuvio – Naples’ active guardian…

This Italian volcano overlooks Naples and it has been “immortalized” by a name of pizza (sic!), but the population still recalls that its lava and ashes covered up Pompei and Herculaneum in 79 BC! The latest eruption took place in 1944, while the American troops were there, and the locals reckoned it as a sign of victory! 🙂 Nowadays, it rises to 1280m, a diameter of 400m and a crater of 300m deep; monitored by vulcanologists 24h, one can predict a future eruption about a week in advance, allowing to evacuate some 3 000 000 people – directly threatened by a tidal wave or another “burial”…

After an organic simple lunch at the foot of the volcano, we did climb it, which was quite easy; the weather was fine, so we had a super-panorama over the Bay of Naples – admired by many romantic authors, including 2 famous French writers: Dumas and Chateaubriand. Last but not least: I highly recommend “Cantina del Vesuvio” – its local food, olive oil, country bread and wine are famous all over Italy… 🙂

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ancient history lesson…:-)

Pompeii – August 24, 79 BC: Vesuvius is erupting, and a few minutes later, its ashes cover up 25,000 people – the whole town has vanished!!! We know about this tragedy via Pliny the Younger who related it to Tacitus, mentioning the death of Pliny the Elder – his uncle. The place was abandoned to its “lava shroud” for 17 centuries, and the first excavations began during the 18th century; necropolises, remains and fortifications were dug up, yet, homes were restored only in the 20th century, and excavations are still going on nowadays… I’m a history and geography lover, so Pompeii, Italy is quite a unique experience with an impressive ambiance! 🙂

N.B. since I’ve been absent for awhile, some of you have emailed me these past days; everything is fine, MERCI! ❤ well, I’m gonna continue to travel and, as summertime draws near, relatives and friends will come over, therefore, I’ll be very busy with REAL life… THANK YOU for dropping by, my very best and have a wonderful June! Stay healthy and optimistic, good luck in all your endeavours and see you asap, pals! 🙂

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