One Word Sunday: Empty

To me, the word ‘Empty’ has a very sad ring to it. It means ‘unoccupied’ or devoid of content.

Ten years ago we were on a wonderful tour of Italy; ah yes, those were the days. ….”sigh”. One of the saddest places I’ve ever visited is the ancient city of Pompeii. The excavated ruins of this once vibrant and bustling city, really gave me goosebumps.

On 24th August 79 AD, some 20,000 people lost their lives when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the city and its residents under twenty-seven feet of volcanic ash. In happier days, this chariot-rutted street would have been a hive of activity, lined with stalls and jammed with customers from dawn to dusk. Roman chariots would have been vying with shoppers for street space. Now it’s empty except for curious tourists like myself.

Wishing you all a great week, full of interesting activities. Hubby and I have been redesigning the front garden and planting lots of pretty flowers.

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68 comments on “One Word Sunday: Empty

  1. This is a place I would love to visit one day. We saw an exhibition of artefacts from Pompeii at the British Museum a few years ago and it was excellent. I’m catching up on posts because we’ve just returned from a wonderful week away, camping with friends – no phone reception and completely off grid. Lots of fun.

  2. I agree Sylvia. I had dreamed of visiting Pompeii since I was a child. Once I was there the enormity of the tragedy was overwhelming.
    I also was unsettled by the hordes of tour groups and the noise. It seemed disrespectful in some odd way. Of course we as visitors ourselves were part of the issue.

  3. My guy and I have visited Italy three times and still haven’t visited Pompeii. I remember learning about the city covered in volcano ash as a young teen and being immersed in the idea and wanting so badly to visit the city and “see” the people suddenly stopped in their lives. To me at the time, even at that age, I thought that the lesson of Pompeii was to look inside ourselves each day and notice what we’re doing, how we’re acting, are we being kind? Are we enjoying what we’re doing? Are we being loving? Because what if suddenly, our world stopped and we were frozen into who we were at that precise time. In that way, Pompeii can be a good lesson for us all. ❤

  4. Isn’t it incredible to see a street that once had chariots travelling along, and now totally empty…I felt like that about quite a few ruins in Rome. Good choice of photo with the word empty.
    Have fun with the front garden!

  5. Oh Sylvia, those were the days of travel! (Double sigh) While I have never visited Pompeii, I know exactly what you felt – the profound emotion of walking in the steps of people who laughed, danced, worked, gathered and died together. They are remembered by the stones that remain. Visitors who enter these cities feel the gravity of ancient lives. A beautiful post – perfect to begin my week.

    • Thank you, dear Rebecca. It was indeed very moving to see how life there had been cut off so suddenly and brutally. There were plaster casts of some of the victims who had perished there which had been made by filling the voids in the ash with plaster. These figures are unforgettable.

  6. I can so imagine how ’empty’ and sad it was.
    As you say, eerie and chilling.
    Enjoy the front gardening – I hope we will see the results, in time… I’m sure that will be far from ’empty’!

  7. Pompeii may be unoccupied (except for zillions of tourists) but it’s certainly not devoid of content. I remember how excited I was to see it so many years ago, although I don’t remember too much about it as that was in the mid-seventies. I loved seeing all these bits of history, including castles, ruins, the Acropolis!!, etc. To me, they are filled with people and events and wonder.


  8. Yes, it’s sad and interesting at the same time. It was a rather ordinary town, no emperors or palaces, so it gives an amazing snapshot of ordinary life, but the natural disaster that lead to this time capsule was so tragic.

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