Category: Glass Necklace Giveaway

Dearest Readers,

I’m delighted to share my pictures of Pompeii with you!  It was my second time visiting this ancient, doomed yet utterly fascinating city, and there’s still so much more to discover.  

The excavation of Pompeii continues. I won’t get into a lot the history of Pompeii, but as you’ll see, these people lived just as you and I.  

They had homes.  Entertainment.  Shops.  Sewers!!  And water pipes alongside the roads were also discovered.  (They were made of lead.  The lead in the pipes that brought water throughout the city no doubt contributed to the reduced life expectancy of these people.)  It’s estimated that the city was built around the 8th or 9th century BC.  And it soon became a thriving metropolis. 

Sewers discovered at Pompeii

Lead water pipes at Pompeii

The small white pieces of marble reflects in the dark allowing you to see the road at night.

Just to give you an idea of the size of Pompeii today, here is an aerial view.


It’s unknown exactly which day, but one day in the latter part of 79 AD, the volcano, Mount Vesuvius (thought to be extinct), shortly after midday, erupted to life.  
Why didn’t people leave immediately?  Because over the next 48 hours the volcano had appeared to have calmed down.  Many people stayed behind, refusing to evacuate, because they thought they were safe.
But Mount Vesuvius wasn’t done.
 Within 2 days of its awakening, all hell broke loose.  
Suddenly, and with intense fury, it spewed toxic gases and poured molten lava, destroying Pompeii, its people and all forms of life for miles and miles around.  
The flames from the volcano shot high into the sky, but it was the black smoke it emitted that blocked out the sun.
Adding to the apocalyptic scene, were the earthquakes and massive tidal waves the volcano incited.
This went on for 3 days.  
Then came the silence.  
Buried under 15 to 20 feet of ash—Pompeii was captured in a moment in time.

Area affected by the eruption of MT. VESUVIUS
Allow me to show you only a *very* small portion of this incredible ancient city.  NOTE:  YOU CAN CLICK ON THE IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW

The Cemetery  
(Below) For those who died before the destruction of the city. This is where they buried their dead.
The Bakery

Men’s Forum Baths (Below)

 Sadly, the women didn’t get anything this fancy.

Interior of some of the Houses

Dining Room (Below)
Another Dining Room (Below)

Kitchen (Below)
Courtyard with Doghouse (Below)

On the ground outside the front entrance of one of the homes is this mosaic of a dog with the inscription that when translated means “Beware of Dog” (Below) Unfortunately the inscription is cut out of my photo).
The Red-Light District in Pompeii
In need of a prostitute?  
It is the oldest profession, after all.  And Pompeii definitely had its share.
There were *many* brothels in Pompeii.  In fact, it’s estimated that there was one brothel per one thousand people.  Below are erotic frescoes discovered in one of the brothels we visited in Pompeii.  You can click on them if you’d like to see a larger view.  They’re incredible.  Were they there for inspiration?  Or were they some type of menu—“I’d like to do that one, please.”  ;) 
Whatever the answer, they prove no matter what, people are people.  They don’t change. :)

Warning: Graphic frescoes of sexual positions.

How did you know you were in the brothel district?  
Well, by the giant penis carved into the wall, of course.  (Below)

Inside the brothel…you need a bed.  This is a typical room.  There would have been a mattress on the stone bed.  
The People

When excavation started in Pompeii, it didn’t take long to find bodies. They are now forever preserved by the ash. I only photographed a few of the victims of Mt. Vesuvius (the last five pics here).  I included these others to give you a glimpse of the enormity of lives lost.
As you will see, many died covering their noses and mouths against the gas and ash.

Female Victim 
Closeup on Female Victim–
As you can see, she was pregnant.

Giveaway: Another beautiful glass necklace purchased in Venice, Italy!  Open WORLDWIDE.

RULES for the Glass Necklace from Venice:

To win you must:

1. Leave a meaningful comment.

2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).

3. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Contest for the Glass Necklace from Venice ends Saturday Nov. 12th 2011. Winner will be selected at random on Sunday Nov. 13th, 2011.

I hope you enjoyed my tour of Pompeii.  :)


Congrats to my winner of a Glass Necklace from Venice, Italy!


Please email me HERE with your snail mail address and color choice.

I will be giving away one more glass necklace on Friday Nov. 4th, but first make sure to be here TUESDAY NOV. 1ST for another Romance Husband interview by Mr. D!  The giveaway will be open WORLDWIDE.  You’ll definitely want to check out who he’ll be talking to! ;)

Come join in the fun! 

Dearest Readers,

Today, I’m sharing photos of our visit to the beautiful city of Florence—-and giving away another lovely glass necklace I purchased in Venice, Italy!



There are two things you find a lot of in Florence.  Leather. And the statue of David.  Well, one particular part of David, actually.

His penis.  Seriously.

Aside from the fact that they’ve been trying to slap a fig leaf on that particular part of his anatomy for hundreds of years, I don’t think there’s been anyone’s genitals more debated or photographed on this planet than that of Michelangelo’s David. Heh. 

This is the second most popular postcard in Florence.  The first is a close up of his …you guessed it.  His privates.  And he’s uncircumcised.  Just sayin.  I don’t think Michelangelo ever imagined that David’s penis would become more popular than the rest of the statue.

Replicas of David are all over the city.

The magnificent city of Florence (taken at the top of the Duomo).  Isn’t it beautiful?

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore 
(originally called “The Duomo”). The construction on this cathedral was first began in 1296

It is an engineering masterpiece.

It’s facade is made of white, pink and green marble.  


Want to climb to the top of the dome to get a close look at the stunning murals?  It’s 463 steps.  No elevator.

Mr. D and I escaped to the outskirts of Florence for lunch.  This is the view from the restaurant, Aurora.  Fantastic food!  Mr. D tried wild boar.  It’s very popular in Florence.  I passed.  LOL

Pet the wild boar’s nose and put a coin in his mouth for good luck.  The crowds are crazy in front of this statue.  I don’t think Florence is a lucky place for boars, given that it’s on the menu in just about every restaurant in the city.  :)

You can’t go to Florence without visiting the Galleria degli Uffizi, Italy’s most crowded museum.  :)  Its collection of Renaissance art is incredible.

We weren’t allowed to photograph the art.  But we did stop at the museum’s patio restaurant located at the top.  

A pic of me trying to decide what to eat.

Our lunch!  Yeah, we ate.  A lot.  The food is sooo good in Italy! 

An antique carousel in Florence.

 Mr. D and I stumbled upon a little restaurant called, Il Profeto. (The Prophet).  It’s a family run restaurant with the best food I ever tasted.  The owners, husband and wife, were so much fun.  Mr. D ordered the pasta and lobster.

I ordered pasta with mushrooms and ham.  It was to die for!  The restaurant owner told me that John Travolta had eaten at his restaurant on a few occasions and that the dish I chose was Mr. Travolta’s favorite.

I didn’t believe him.  So he brought me out not only my food, but a pic of John Travolta he’d taken the last time he’d dined at his restaurant.  LOL

I hope you enjoyed our Florence photos!  
Question:  Tell me, what’s your favorite food or restaurant?  It doesn’t have to be restaurant food at all!  Maybe it’s a recipe your grandmother makes.  Share your favorite food and a random commenter will win their choice of one of the glass necklaces I purchased in Venice, Italy.  GIVEAWAY OPEN WORLDWIDE.
Be sure to return next Tuesday Oct. 25th for another chance at a Italian glass necklace….and to see my photos of Rome!

Oh, one more thing! I’m giving away TWO copies of A MIDNIGHT DANCE — HERE. The contest on Romancing the Book runs through until Oct. 29th. :)

RULES for the Glass Necklace from Venice:

To win you must:

1. Answer the question or leave a meaningful comment.

2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).

3. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Contest for the Glass Necklace from Venice ends Saturday Oct. 22th 2011. Winner will be selected at random on Sunday Oct. 23th, 2011.

See you all next Tuesday!  *muah*