Hercoleum the City Everyone Forgets

I had never heard of Hercoleum nor do I ever remember it being mentioned in school when the eruption of Pompeii was discussed.  I do remember the description of Pompeii and what was found, but not of Hercoleum, but my son did, from reading.  Yeah reading!

Needless to say it was a must when we came to Italy.  It is actually quite an interesting little town.

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Experiencing Pompeii and the power of Mt. Vesuvius

Seeing Pompeii was a must for Magpie.  We had read about them, so experiencing was the next step.  It is always very interesting to see the sites from other people’s interpretations whether it be music, stories or art.

Naples was the base camp for us. As it turned out, we were walking distance to the train station and market.  Unfortunately for us, the apartment was on the top floor, 6th, with no elevators.  It was  a square staircase that opened into a communal courtyard.  It was a great location and quite safe.

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The Berlin Wall Memorial and Museum

The Berlin wall was the key point for coming here, along with hearing how progressive the city was for foodies, especially vegans. We were not disappointed with either.

First the Berlin wall.  I was living in Hugelsheim, Germany when the wall came down.  I never did make it to Berlin before the wall came down or just after.  I do remember how the big thing was to have a piece of the wall.

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Brandenburg Gate a long walk

Whenever we land in a new place we both decide what we want to see and do and then I plan the time from there.  For Berlin, Magpie wanted to see the Brandenburg Gate.  It was the first “site” we went too.

I prefer walking everywhere or if we have to we take the local bus. The walk was approximately a half hour from our apartment in East Berlin to the Brandenburg Gate.  On the way we did window shopping.  We found lots of vegan restaurants which was great and book stores – english books.  It was a sidewalk sale and the books were english.  Both Magpie and I found some books.  Usually I just read whatever books Magpie gets.  We carry onto the Gate.

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A Funny Thing Happened at the Airport

Coming to Berlin was not in the plans per se.  I was cold, Magpie was so-so.  I wanted warmth but wanted to keep heading in a linear path.  Berlin was chosen because I was able to find a place to stay for two weeks the night before we had to leave. Stress much….well….

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Potsdam – The Accord and many Castles

Going to Potsdam was another must.  We were recommended to go before we had even arrived in Germany.

I waited until near the end of the stay, watching the weather, always watching the weather, to go. I had no idea that Potsdam is really part of Berlin – albeit the outskirts, but it is quite easy to get to on the train.

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A Foggy Giant’s Causeway …….not a bad thing.

I had heard about the Giant’s Causeway through reading other people’s experiences.  I was intrigued.  What really pulled me was how it was so far away from civilization. It was recommended to drive but I chose to let someone else do the driving.  I am still getting use to driving on the wrong side of the road.

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Hanging on the Cliffs

I was watching the weather to make sure we had good weather since the trip would go rain or shine.  There was no way I wanted to get there and find it was raining.  There was always the chance but luckily you could wait until the day before to book a trip.

We had great weather and the Cliffs were overrun with people.  The interpretive center reminded me of a hobbit house the way it was built into the side of the hill. It is a good size building with a two floors with a restaurant being on the second floor all within a hill.

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Newgrange – Older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge

When I invited people to celebrate my birthday with me in Dublin, I was encouraged to see Newgrange. One of my goals is to see all the archaeological sites that I can – no small feat.  There are so many listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site it is amazing.  Needless to say Ireland has lots of history, it is my heritage even if I am Canadian and I was not missing this.  We did not have the same tour guide that we had for the stone circles of Avesbury so we had to find another.

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