Featured photo: Mt. Vesuvio

Naples, Italy

As a big fan of nature, I dislike descriptions of volcanoes that include words like "fury" and "wrath." It's just nature, after all.  I mean, if you watch a cooking show, you don't focus on the tragic destruction of all those little wheat seeds, do you? No, you just look forward to the deliciousness of the pastry!  Why not take a positive spin on volcanoes? "Wow, look at all the new land that's being created! What an amazing thing to see!"

Below is one of my most beloved pictures of Vesuvius.  No, I don't know the two people in the picture, they just happened to pose at the perfect time.


Looking into the mouth of Vesuvio.


As previously mentioned, I'm a big fan of volcanoes, not the least of which is Mt. Vesuvius. Seeing that it's one of the defining symbols of Naples (where the hubby is from), we even had it on our wedding cake — complete with dry ice for steaming, eruption action. Awesome!


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  1. My husband, y’mean? Yeah, it’s definitely an advantage to have him around when we’re in Italy… or the home kitchen. ;)

  2. Haha, you have a great guide from the “local”, that’s the great way to go!! Food.. mmmhhh.. I haven’t had breakfast at 11 am, you got me hungry!

  3. I want to go there one day. Get submerged in the nature and history of it. Very nice photo :)

    1. Thanks, Dina! (Sorry I didn’t see your comment earlier!) Naples catches a lot of flack these days, but it’s really one of my favorite cities in the whole world. The people, food, history, culture, and nature are fantastic! But hey, I’m biased — my husband is Neapolitan. ;)

  4. On your wedding cake?! Would love to see a picture of that! That’s some love =)

    1. Sadly, the cake makers were Roman and did not really understand the proper shape of Vesuvio. Instead of the defining TWO peaks, one of which is the crater, the other of which is Monte Somma* (the former outside of a larger version of the volcano), they only included one. Also, we really didn’t WANT a big, formal party and a big, formal cake. We just wanted fun. Still, I figure this will be something for us to recreate, and do a better job on, for each significant anniversary.

      Here are a couple of pics, just for you!


      Cheers! :D

      * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Vesuvius#Physical_appearance

      1. LOVE it! So unique…looks tasty too!

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        1. It was! The volcano was a crispy wafer covered in chocolate, while the cake was white with layers of zabaione (custard-type cream). Mmm! Now I’m hungry! :D

  5. oo this is a nice shot! After I finally mad it to Vesuvius I was disappointed by the photos that came from it. This shot has really captured the volcano from a different angle, I love it!

    1. Thanks, Annie! I found the photography opportunities there to be endless, but I agree that all did not come out as planned. I’m glad I lived in Naples and had the chance to visit many time. Eventually I got a nice set. ;)

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