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19-09-30 Sorrento: Day 9. Vesuvius, Herculaneum
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Cam.card folder: D547 - Init: 2019-10-10

Sorrento: Day 9. Vesuvius.

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19-09-30 - Bus trip to Vesuvius' base. Bay of Naples.

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19-09-30 - Napoli, etc.

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19-09-30 - We begin a walk to the summit.

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19-09-30 - Gaining altitude.

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19-09-30 - Ticket office, souvenirs, guides.

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19-09-30 - Our guide sits nonchalant... with his back to ...

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19-09-30 - The abyss.

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19-09-30 - Layer upon layer of past eruptions.

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19-09-30 - How'd they get up there?

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19-09-30 - Gather round. There will be a test.

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19-09-30 - Further along the rim path.

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19-09-30 - Still a few fumaroles down there.

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19-09-30 - About as far as mere tourists can go.

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19-09-30 - Souvenir shop at the end of the volcano.

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19-09-30 - Amateur vulcanologist.

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19-09-30 - A 2-denarius glass of Lachrimae Christi. Only a select few will know the clever irony behind that caption. Our guide took the picture. He'd come looking for anyone left behind. Bay of Naples under the cloud.

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19-09-30 - BTC companions on the Long March.

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19-09-30 - Flourishing in adversity.

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19-09-30 - Back to the bus parking lot.

Herculaneum.

Sorrento: Day 9. Herculaneun.

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19-09-30 - First sight. The original boat sheds below, once on the Bay of Naples beach. The height of the bank we stand on illustrates the depth of ash that covered the town.

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19-09-30 - We'll visit the left side sheds before leaving the site.

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19-09-30 - We enter via the bridge, left.

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19-09-30 - Typical Roman brickwork.

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19-09-30 - A barroom on every street corner.

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19-09-30 - Our guide.

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19-09-30 - These brick columns have lost veneer.

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19-09-30 - Remains of charred woodwork above.

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19-09-30 - Wall paintings.

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19-09-30 - Merle, please translate.

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19-09-30 - Under restoration.

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19-09-30 - Another refreshment emporium.

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19-09-30 - Recumbent figure.

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19-09-30 - Street view.

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19-09-30 - Merle observes.

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19-09-30 - Nice work! I too have laid a few bricks.

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19-09-30 - Looks sad, somehow.

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19-09-30 - Public water trough.

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19-09-30 - Secure against HUMAN entry.

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19-09-30 - A few choice vintages ... are kept for our special customers.

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19-09-30 - What?

Illustrates the problem of identifying aspects of a site for the tourist photographer. The guide may be excellent, but usually speaks too quickly to get anything written down. The group moves on, and to avoid getting lost, the visitor rushes to catch up. No cameras and few mobile phones have any apps than could easily take handwriting or dictation and correlate this closely with photographs.

After years of experimentation I've had limited success in solving this problem. Back in my days as a sometime sketchbook artist, it was easier to keep written notes alongside pen and pencil drawings of an archaoelogical site. See my Greek pictures. But even then, I sometimes tried the patience of my companions by taking 20 to 30 minutes to complete a sketch.

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19-09-30 - Famous mosaics.

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19-09-30 - A portal for the collection.

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19-09-30 - Hunting scene.

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19-09-30 - Herc, in an unguarded moment. Pretty sure this is Hercules because of the club, and lion skin over his shoulder

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19-09-30 - Friends, Romans, ... Is this Mark Antony calling out Caesar's assassins?

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19-09-30 - Papyrus? We visit the boatsheds.

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19-09-30 - A pathetic collection. People at the waterfront hoping to escape, but probably asphixiated.

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19-09-30 - Exit.

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