Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Uncovering Pompeii

Eh eh oh eh oh

Pompeii, you strange strange city. We have all heard of the preserved plaster bodies of course, but we saw more than we'd bargained for. 

Amidst the dusty ruins, one comes across numerous public baths, fountains, bakeries, pottery, villas and brothels. Scribbled on one brothel are the words Hic bene futui (which translates to "Here you'll get a good fuck"). Similar graffiti are scattered around the place. Phallic markers direct one around, while within the brothels one can see paintings depicting various things a prostitute would have been able to do for a client at the time.

They're very proud of it, mind you. Souvenir shops are filled with stone phalli or statues of men holding theirs. Everywhere you turn, there's some magnet or poster depicting ancient porn.

If you do go, make sure you keep sufficiently hydrated. It's scorching there. There are no food or drink stalls, so bring your own water. That being said, the combination of the unforgiving sun, copious amounts of dust and pornographic material made it a rather uncomfortable city to be in. I'd rather visit the Italian coastline any day.

Photos taken with Canon Ixus 105

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