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Italy 2012: Vesuvius

Vesuvius, the amoral perpetratur of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum. For my birthday, I decided that we would climb to the top and look into the mouth of the volcano.

Luckily, there's a bus that goes most of the way up, so this isn't actually hard.

Eric on Vesuvius

On the way up from the bus stop, looking out over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Europe was in the middle of a heat wave, so even though it was only a few hundred meters' walk to the top, we had to stop for a rest.

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Ace at the summit

At the summit!

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Eric at the summit

Eric takes his turn at the edge.

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moss or lichen

Some sun-baked, dusty moss, or possibly a macrolichen, on the rocks at the summit.

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wildflowers

Wildflowers at the edge of the crater.

Below, the panoramics looking into the crater, and looking back at the sea.

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Pontificio Santuario della Beata Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei

The bell tower of the Pontificio Santuario della Beata Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, in the city center of modern Pompei. The best part is, of course, going up the bell tower...

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sunburn

Eric looking out over the city, sporting a sunburn.

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arena

If you look closely, you can see the ruins of ancient Pompeii. This is the large arena, with the city wall in the foreground.

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The ruins of ancient Pompeii, with modern Pompei in the background.

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The large theater. I think the modern building in the foreground is the visitor's center.

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sunset

The evening light on the mountains around modern Pompei.

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a cat named Easter

Modern construction rings the ruins, with Vesuvius sleeping in the distance. We have gotten much better at predicting when volcanic eruptions will occur. Still, there is something about the new city lapping at the edges of the old that says we aren't too different from our predecessors...

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