Years ago, I can remember being totally mesmerized when I heard the story of molten volcanic ash enveloping an entire city and its inhabitants. Approximately 2000 people living life were now preserved in their final moments for the ages. Mothers and fathers sitting at a table, little ones sleeping…these acts became their last on August 24, 79 A.D. EyeWitness To History.com relates an ancient voice from the past that reaches through time to relate these horrific events. The ash grew to be 16 feet and a once flourishing resort for the rich and famous of Rome with marketplaces, brothels, taverns, bathhouses and a 20,000 seat arena was totally silenced until 1748. The archaeologists found buildings intact, skeletons frozen in time, art and artifacts of every day life. Today, Pompeii draws thousands of tourists. One must past through about 15-20 vendors lining the entrance selling bottles of lemoncello, cameos carved from shells which may or may not be authentic and of course row after row of the famous winged penis which was the city symbol (who knew)! There was no McDonald’s in site though!! Despite all of the tourist trappings, every time I walk through Pompeii, it is truly one of those “pinch me now” moments. I wander through the homes, seeing mosaics and frescoes which are erotic and beautiful still visible after thousands of years. It is a bit surreal to come upon the few frozen remains still on display… the people who were so compelling to me years before. Many of the artifacts have been moved to the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and is so deserving of a visit. It is said that a third of the city still remains covered. In just a span of 4 years, I saw graves carved into stone that had just been unearthed. It continually gives me a reason to return so the story I heard sitting in a classroom may take on new layers of richness and intrigue.
The synchronistic events in life always amaze me…while getting ready to travel to India with so many restrictions on luggage, I was trying to figure out how to pack all of my camera equipment and still be able to have more than just a toothbrush?! And then an answer… the Today Show presented “b” by donna m as the best clothes suited for women who travel. 5 pieces that fit into a zip lock bag, never wrinkle and can be combined to make countless outfits!!!! The bag fits into a carry on and when luggage is lost, life can easily continue. I contacted Donna right away and she is as nice as her clothes are beautiful! I wore them all throughout India. They are so lightweight (dries easily when washed), soft (feeling as if you could live in these 24/7) and versatile. The temperature was over 100 degrees and many temples require women to wear a covering for head and arms…the clothes transformed perfectly and were so light in the heat enabling me to easily move from one camera to the next. For women who travel, “b” merits nothing less than the highest praise!
PS…From a chapter in the world is such a small place, Donna and I, during the course of our conversation, realized that we grew up 5 minutes from each other and I was able to spend an amazing day with her sister who has been living in India for over 30 years! Three weeks ago, we were total strangers. Life works in amazing ways bringing people in just at the right time!