I am a huge fan of history. So when I had the chance to go to Italy, I made sure that Pompeii was on my itinerary.
The ancient ruins of the city were encapsulated in time by nature’s raw power. It is an amazing place to experience. The colosseum where the gladiators fought to the death… The stone streets grooved by wagon wheels… The innovative engineering and architecture of the bath houses… The beautiful art paintings in the home as well as the mosaics at the entry ways… These all tell the story of an amazing, sometimes brutal culture.
But, the human figures, frozen in time, are what I found most compelling. This puts humanity in the midst of history and tragedy in a way that few other historical sites have the ability to do.