¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 cliffs on the other- not an inch of earth or a shrub in sight, black desolation- Lava fields present the most irregular jagged, ragged, knotted, twisted, curled mass of solidified liquid that one can possibly imagine.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The liquid runs slowly but with great power, banks up, cools off, other masses follows, bursts ^over^ the top twists around the sides, leaving hills here, ravines there, and so on, through which our road zig-zags for one and three quarters hours, to its extremity near the government observatory-where our foaming Horses are glad to deposit us before an uninviting little restaurant, but before ascending further we refresh ourselves from our lunch baskets, and some “lachri ma christi” (blood of christ) wine from this building called the “Hermitage”- enjoying the magnificent panorama spread out before us, of the campanian country thickly settled of Naples and adjoining cities backed up by snow clad mountains and fronted by the beautiful bay across which the descending Sun was casting its evening streams amidst the shipping.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The observatory (the largest and highest building visible in the following photograph) was erected in 1844 for Barometrical Geometrical and Meteorological observation, upon an eminence 2080 ft above the level of the sea, a kind of ridge running towards Vesuvius which is considered safe from eruptions as the ravines each side would first catch the lava and permit the inhabitants to escape.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The “Hermitage” is a little below at the left, a little white building. Beyond there, the mountain in sight (in the Photo) is the lowest of the two grand summits of which Vesuvius is composed. The highest one the one which is now in eruption is farther to the right.