Eurotrip 2017 – First Stop – Pompeii

If you follow me on any form of social media, you will know all about my fabulous ten day trip to Europe… absolutely divine. I am just slightly devastated to be back to reality, for various reasons – all of which have to do with the four months of studying that begin in the next couple of weeks. Details to come on that dark cloud lingering over winter 2017/2018 but first, and more importantly, let’s focus on the glorious goodness that was the Amalfi Coast and London. That’s right – the mystery weekend surprise for the Enemy of Fun (and myself…. because yes, the surprise was for him but the carbs, cheese and instagrams were for me) was Positano and the Amalfi Coast!

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His face is priceless… he knew what kind of photographic journey he was embarking on.

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Looking fresh before our red-eye to London…

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And we totally killed it on the plane trivia game… new high score (#nerdyaf)
We first flew to Naples and spent the night there (evening complete with cheese, pasta and pizza) before sleeping as much as humanly possible after our overnight, transatlantic flight.

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Waiting for our connection in London

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Flight from London to Naples – starting to fade…

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It was totally worth the hours of airplanes and airports…

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I obviously got the four cheese… best pizza I have EVER had.

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Oh and we got pasta with our pizzas… because… carbs. And this carbonara is still a topic of conversation on a pretty regular basis.
The next morning, we had a glorious breakfast outside on the patio of our hotel in the sunshine… and we kicked it off with carbs, because when in Rome…

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Breakfast of champions (his = savory, hers = sweet)

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Yes, that is nutella stuffed into a mini croissant #noshame

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Lime trees on our Napoli breakfast terrace
After a leisurely breakfast and a manic/crowded/Italian train experience, we were on our way to Pompeii! As the historical and cultural part of our Amalfi Coast experience, Pompeii did not disappoint… plus we got to rock the Rick Steves Audio Tour of Pompeii, complete with dad jokes and uncomfortable banter – which is one of our favorite things to do when traveling in Europe.

Pompeii was incredible – I thought it would only take a couple of hours on the way to Sorrento and Positano but instead we wound up spending several hours and only saw about a third of the excavated site. Incredible! The city has been unearthed piece by piece over the course of the past 350 years and the excavation continues to this day! It is definitely worth a day trip – particularly in the off-season when you don’t have the tourists and the heat.

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Amphitheater selfies

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Blue skies and this babe

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That is a butt.

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Pompeii is mine!

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Posing in the perfect Pompeii picture frame

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Another Italian adventure with the Enemy of Fun

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This picture makes me so happy for so many reasons – Vesuvius in the background!

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Exploring the ancient world

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Learning all about the advanced irrigation systems of the Roman times

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Views over the large theater

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Best part of going in October – not too many people AND no sunburn!

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I wore sunscreen anyways (don’t worry mom!)

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Beautifully tiled homes that were under feet and feet of rock and ash

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Instagram husband work at its finest

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The light at the end of the tunnel in the amphitheater

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Vineyards in ancient Pompeii

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The interior of homes of the rich and famous

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He is my gladiator (sorry, that’s barfy but I mean it)

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Views over the ruins

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Incredible Roman roads – complete with chariot grooves

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Views from the amphitheater

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Amphitheater steps

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The most popular brothel in Pompeii – stone beds

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Complete with a menu of services

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One of the best preserved homes in Pompeii (look at the top right image – he used his… to weigh things…. or something… I was too distracted to listen to the explanation)

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Loved looking at all the mosaics.

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Beautiful interiors – amazing that the colors have survived.

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Oh look… more columns…

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Blue skies and lots of brick

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Historical hottie.

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Beware of the dog – Roman version

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Remains of homes

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Inside the bath house

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Roman snack bars!!

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Bath house steam room

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Man without arms, horse without tail.

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Interior of the bath house

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Two of Mount Vesuvius’ victims – approximately 2000 people died in the city of Pompeii

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Incredible columns that were being built when the volcano erupted

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Part of the town’s main square

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Incredible views.

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Ruins as far as the eye can see.

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Vesuvius in the distance – apparently the peak connected the two peaks seen today – but when the volcano erupted, the top was blown off

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Mount Vesuvius

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Leaving Pompeii
If you are interested in visiting Pompeii, here are my top tips for making the most of your day:

Stay tuned for more posts on our Amalfi Coast adventures plus our little jaunt over to London for a few days!

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