Friday, January 20, 2017

Italy Blog 84: Pompeii Part 5: The Brothel and Phallic Directions

Menu of a spanking
In this blog of our tour through Pompeii, Italy, we'll take you to one of the places most frequented, with an impressive "menu" and tell you how phallic symbols gave directions. Really. :)

THE BROTHEL - We learned that the brothel was apparently one of the most popular places in Pompeii from the time it was built until the time it was covered with ash from Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Because Pompeii was near the River Sarno and the Bay of Naples, men who sailed on both would come to the city looking for pleasure. Of course, back then men could be with women or men, or women with men or women. It made no difference (as it shouldn't).

Another Menu Item
Stone bed in the brothel
THE MENU - On the walls of the brothel as you enter are murals. These are actually "menus" where all you have to do is point to get the "service" you want. There are couples involved in all kinds of sexual acts. So, if the sailors didn't speak the local language or dialect, it made it easy just to point to the picture. Clever.

ROOMS - There were also rooms where people could go to do their business, and there were pools to clean off afterward. They seemed to think of everything!

A penis direction to the brothel
PENIS DIRECTIONS - Our tour guide, Maria pointed to the corners of many buildings as we walked through the un-buried city. Many of the buildings had a stone carved shape of a penis, and she said it pointed in the direction of the brothel!  She said that it was the most popular place in the city.

NEXT: Eerie Plaster Casts of the Dead

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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