“Livescience” has an article on early Etruscan life. It was titled “Skeleton of early Prince Reveals Etruscan Life”. The Etruscans they are talking about lived between 616 & 579 BC. That’s a long time ago. If you have been to Pompeii or are planning a trip to Naples or Rome Italy, go and see Pompeii. It’s that famous city that was destroyed by the volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was not destroyed by lava but very hot volcanic ash that covered the entire city killing everyone inside. After they found this remarkable city they dug out the ash and discovered a modern city. Some of the things that were amazing to us were:
- Stone ovens like our brick pizza ovens probably for bread
- Speed bumps to slow down the horse and carriages inside the city
- A water gravity system that when turned on cleaned the streets automatically
- Homes that were very large and beautiful. Several I would love to live in today
- Graffiti on the walls as a form of communication
Don’t miss this wonderful glimpse into the past.
George & Jo Anne
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Europe – Satellite image – PlanetObserver (Photo credit: PlanetObserver)
Europeans are very similar to us in style and thinking but at the same time so different. I tried to look at the main differences that cause them to be so attractive to us:
- They have a reverence for old things. We destroy old for new malls or shopping centers. In Europe the old stuff is what it’s all about. Walking the same ancient walkways as the Romans or the Etruscans is unbelievable. Seeing how sophisticated they were so long ago. We tend to think of people before Christ as not very sophisticated. After all they didn’t have iPhones and the internet. They had sophistication. Lots of it in how they controlled water, flush toilets, streets that cleaned themselves with water and their buildings. This is one reason we travel to Europe to see this old stuff because we don’t have it in America.
- The food is so much better. Europeans still care about ancient farming techniques, nutrients in the soil and taste of their food. We seem to be totally converted to eating what’s in a box, can or frozen container. So much of our food is processed with excess salt. It is no wonder we have so many diseases. Sitting in a European restaurant and seeing the food colors, smelling the food and then tasting it is a reason so many of us go there.
- Most of us in America have European roots. We love to go back and see where mom & dad or grandma and grandpa came from. Maybe we still have relatives there to visit.
Don’t get me wrong, I love America and its people but we do have a drawing to Europe. It should be on all of our bucket lists. The experience is not one you will soon forget.
George & Jo Anne
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