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No, not Herculaneum - we were just on a daytrip from Rome.

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&PenneCole - yes, it really is staggering. There was no mention of survivors when we were actually at the site, but we bought a guide book there and it tells of how survivors tried to dig down for their belongings. They found evidence of this during excavation work, apparently. Did you go to Herculaneum? Some people told me it was even better.

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I didn't know there were any survivors. I've been to Pompeii before. The scale of the disaster is staggering.

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&TurtleDog - that's a coincidence, Bubblews is great for random facts, isn't it? Herculaneum is supposed to be very good, but we didn't have enough time to go there too, although it is close.

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&Champagne - I know, it is really sad, isn't it? A horrible way to die.

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Wow.... great story &PollyC . Funny, I was just thinking of looking this up when I saw your post. I had heard of the preserved bodies but wondered if it was true. Thanks for clearing this up

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It makes me sad when I see a story about this event and the bodies that have been excavated. I cannot imagine a worse way to die. Well, I can, but I won't.

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&Casper - you should go if you get the chance, and there's lots of other things to see and do in that area. We went for ten days and that wasn't long enough. We were in Rome as well. I have never heard of a movie - hmm, that's an idea. You could get the idea off the ground - Casper the Ghostly Screen Writer. It's got a nice ring to it!

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I have heard of the story, always was curious to visit and see by myself! Jealous with u!!! It's even hard to imagine that it really happened. Just curious, is there any movie made based on this? If not, why wouldn't someone do so? hmm...

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Yes I did see a bit of it, but for some reason had to stop watching, maybe someone on the phone if I remember right. Sounds like an amazing trip though, but as you said little five year old legs can't handle the pace, bless! lol!

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&NellRose - I didn't know there was one in the British Museum, actually that is one museum I haven't been to. Yes, Pompeii is a fascinating place though we didn't manage to see all of it, it's so huge! My little five year old couldn't handle the pace. Actually, Pompeii is great but someone else then told me that Herculaneum is even better and you can even see their food. But we didn't have enough time left to go there as well. There was a really good programme about Herculaneum on a little while back, called 'Herculaneum, the Other Pompeii' (I think). I'm sure it was on BBC4, did you see it?

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The story of Pompeii absolutely fascinates me. you are so lucky to have visited it. I have seen one of the human statues so to speak in I believe the British Museum? one of the museums anyway. fascinating.

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