One of the most infamous disasters in the world, the destruction of Pompeii shows us how temporary our mighty cities can be...and then also shows us how permanent they can be. Story morals are confusing.
Except that the land is a less greedy invader than the sea. In the late 1500s artifacts started being discovered in the area, but it wasn’t until the 1700s and the discovery of nearby Herculaneum, another city buried by the event, that its rediscovery really motivated archeological work to start in earnest. Er, Pompeii.
And you do so in the ever-present and ominous shadow of its killer and preserver. While we tripped over its large cobblestones and documented the place with our cameras better than an army of trained archeologists using field notes, Vesuvius hid itself within an apologetic aura of clouds. So we lost a bit of the drama of being able to see the dragon from the perspective of the dragoned. It did make for some pretty cool pictures once we were up in those clouds, though. Again, Part 2. I guess “Part II” would be more appropriate.