On our recent trip to Italy we visited Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that was buried under 20 feet of ash and pumice when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.  When we arrived, we discovered that there were a number of wildfires burning on the slopes of Vesuvius. At times, giant plumes of smoke floated above the ruins, perhaps giving us some sense of what the doomed inhabitants of Pompeii saw on that fateful day.



  • Gorgeous photo. I recently heard that there was a lot of volcanic activity from Mt.Vesuvius (sp?). I’m nervous that it is going to explode. I’m glad you are home safe, even though I don’t know you!


    • Terry, thanks for your concern. We had intended to go to the summit of Vesuvius, but it was closed because of the fires.
      The last eruption there was in 1944 and there is little seismic activity currently noted. However, it is considered an “active” volcano and is under constant close observation.


  • Marty,

    Great shot and bet it got a lot of attention too very nice post by the way! Lot’s of activity still mother natures mounds! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂


  • If you can’t get to Europe…..there’s a wonderful Pompeii exhibit in Portland Oregon. I just got back from there and was amazed at the actual artifacts that they had on display. It’s well worth seeing if you’re visiting the Pacific Northwest.


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