Photographer's Note

For I fan of history like me, this is one of the wonders of the world - Pompeii. I can't add too much to the history of the place, just give my personal observations. The site is much larger than I expected, and would take something like 45 minutes to and hour to walk from one side to the other without stopping or detouring (an impossibility, considering how interesting it is). There are a lot of Roman ruins in Italy, and indvidual places are more impressive than Pompeii, but at Pompeii it's a perfectly preserved ancient city. Not only the famous temples and statues that we are all familiar with, but also the shops, the houses of the working people, and all the details of daily life. No other place brought the world of the Romans to life for me like this place did. It's also a very eerie place to visit, because of the eruption and the fact that so many people died in tragic circumstances there. The plaster casts of people buried in the eruption are spine chilling. I don't want to give the impression that visiting Pompeii is depressing though, because it's not. Since everything is so perfectly preserved, it seems very alive, like the people just left for a moment and they will be back soon. You almost expect to see Romans walk out of of the buildings like they did 2000 years ago. Highly recommended to anyone interested in history.

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