We took a train to Erculaneum from Naples to visit the ticking time bomb - Mount Vesuvius. It was this volcano that erupted on 24 August in 79AD and destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum killing around 16000 people. Its last eruption was in 1944 during World War II when it killed around 50 people and destroyed planes of the Allied forces in Italy.
Just outside the Erculaneum station we took a mini bus to Mount Vesuvius. The climb from where the bus dropped us was a steep 800m and took us half an hour.
Once on top we walked around the lip of the crater and saw smoke emanating from some parts of the volcano. It was a pretty scary sight. Experts warn that a future major eruption cannot be predicted but it would be devastating.
The view of the bay of Naples from the top is amazing. And they have thoughtfully placed benches up there so that the tourists can sit and relax and enjoy the views. I could not have
asked for a better place to sit and sip on the rejuvenating Black Dog, a very fine Scotch. The feeling as the golden liquid flowed down my throat was amazing. An amazing scotch - the
Black Dog at an amazing location. Could not spend much time there however as we had to get down to our bus to get back. Once back in the Hotel in Naples I continued my affair with Black Dog.
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