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Geography blog Bay of Naples Day 3

We woke up early this morning, well most of us di. Mr Bootherstone and Mr Lowe enjoyed a lie in after forgetting to set their alarm. We left at 8:20, after breakfast, to get the train from near Sorrento to Pompeii. Unfortunately, the train wasn’t very spacious. The circumvesuviana train takes you all the way around the Bay of Naples, with some incredible views of Mt Vesuvius. The train also helps you pull, if you look like Dara O’Briain (aka Mr Mace). After roughly 30 minutes, we arrived near the awoken city of Pompeii. We had a seemingly long walk round from the station to an entrance, where we had to wait for our tour guide, who had mixed up our booking.

When our tour guide arrived, we entered Pompeii by the amphitheatre and gymnasium. The tour guide explained that the gymnasium was a male only area and so was the amphitheatre as Roman culture was male dominated. Inside the amphitheatre, the guide demonstrated some of the procedures and features of the entertainment masterpiece and explained how gladiators were too expensive to have killed. So to save money they killed criminals instead, as a warning. After we left the amphitheatre, we headed to what was the building of an explicit nature. The city seemed to have many sexual references with genitalia carved into walls and the roads as a symbol of good luck and as a joke for the citizens. The heart of Pompeii is the market street, where temples and shops were located. It was vey much like a modern high street with a cobble road, shops and fast food restaurants. At one end of the market street were the main temples. One of which was to the emperor, who was seen as a god. The others 2 or 3 temples were for religion.
In parts of Pompeii, we could see just how close Mt Vesuvius is to the city which contained 20,000 people. The cloud of ash and pumice travelled at over 250mph and the people of Pompeii were either liquified or asphyxiated and plaster casts of some of the people who were frozen in time are on display in a case. Many of the houses no longer have rooms or upper floors as the projectiles from the volcano has destroyed the wooden beams and frames and ,as the 10m of ash built up, the buildings gave way under the pressure.

After Pompeii we went in the pool and after tea, we went bowling. (Steve & Cameron)

Videos from last nights group work & of Pompeii can be found on Instagram HERE

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