Sunday, December 04, 2011

European Adventures - Rome

10.21 Friday

A knock on our door brings breakfast in bed, a simple tray of toast, crackers, butter, cheese, and coffee.

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We catch a tram, then a bus, and then pay for a hop-on/hop-off tour bus for the next 2 days. The first stop we make is the St. Peters Basilica and the Holy City.

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St Peters is massive in size, grandeur and historical importance, and is NOT to be missed when visiting Rome. The line to get in is also massive, so Faith scrounged up a local Panini to enjoy while waiting.

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We climbed over 500 stairs to get the amazing panoramic view from the cupola, but it was well worth the effort.

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As you climb higher the walls start coming in on you.

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About halfway

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One of my favorite views in Rome

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The Pope's House

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The way down, many parts of the up are the same.

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After seeing it from the top we had to check out the interior, but we got yelled at when Faith laid on the floor to catch a great angle for a picture.

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Pieta

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I was trying to get more of the alter along with the dome when I got yelled at. I think the employee thought I was trying to nap or something.

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The Victor Emmanuel Monument

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Back on to the tour bus for a few more stops so we could explore the area around Trevi Fountain.

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We threw some coins in the fountain to ensure our return trip,

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ate some local gelato twice (gluttony doesn't count on vacation),

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and walked down to the Pantheon.

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I love the Pantheon. It's one of my most favorite buildings in Rome. I love how you walk down these narrow streets and just all the sudden come upon it. I love the feeling when you find it.

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After having our fill of history, we found a delicious restaurant for some more substantial food after some souvenir shopping.

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Doesn't it look like my risotto is trying to get me?

After dinner we wandered over to the Piazza Navona. It's another place that I love and artists hang out there at night.


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A long walk and a bus ride later we are back in the area of our hotel, but because it is still pretty early, we decide to get some wine, mozzarella and prosciutto for a snack while we watch movies on my laptop. I LOVE ROME!

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