Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tripping over stones.

Us, in Pompeii.
Us, in Pompeii.,
originally uploaded by scp2695.
The Missus and I in Pompeii. We had planned to do a big trip for our tenth wedding anniversary in 2007. Linda and the medicos discovered she had breast cancer, again; that put the kibosh to that. She had the operation and chemo. Barbaric, but it works , I hope. She had a different type in 1984 before we were married, when I was at Fort Knox. This trip was a celebration.

Fascinating place, Pompeii. Yes, a tourist trap; to me an interesting one.I have had a lifelong interest in ancient history, and had not been to Pompeii when I was in Italy in 1973. This day we were on a two hour tour, not enough. Andiamo, andiamo! Architecture, especially old or ancient architecture, fascinates me. I wanted to be an architect when I was young; that was before my dis-interested adolescent brain encountered geometry. Now I like to look at buildings.

The box hanging around my neck is a clever device. It was new to me: obviously, I do not get out enough. It is a radio receiver through which one can hear one's guide over a limited range. Saves wear and tear on the guide's voice.Worked quite nicely. One cannot read a guide book while sauntering through the ruins--too many stones to trip the unwary.

Stones trip us at all stages of life. The trick is to be wary.


The Crow said...

"Stones trip us at all stages of life. The trick is to be wary."

Wise words.


Barrett Bonden said...

You're so profligate with stuff. There are sufficient allusions in this post to kick off half a dozen other ones for a beady-eyed ex-professional like me.

The box as a receiver is excellent. What is more dubious is the box containing the recorded message. At Waterloo (a battle before it became a London rail station) they have such recorded summaries of what took place. I remember a BBC TV reporter playing back the French recording for viewers. When it was over he said, "Your French may not be all that good but you may have spotted a significant omission - not a single mention of the Duke of Wellington."

Relucent Reader said...

Crow, thank you for the comment.We will see how well I adhere to the words...

BB That is so French....Wellington who? I have a Life magazine from the 150th anniversary of the battle, and I remember they had 'then' paintings and 'now' photos: I'll have to dig it out.I wonder how much of the focal points (Quatre Bras, etc.) are still recognizable.