B&B Bibi e Romeo's Home
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... how much you can get into the picture. I found out from the group later that the fence was there because the next day it was closed for renovation -we were lucky to see it when we did. Modern life isn't always compatible with the protection of these masterpieces. We both threw a coin into the fountain and then we decided to head off to our next destination.
Enroute to the Pantheon we passed the Piazza di Pietra. The Corinthian columns of ...
... of the Piazza in its solid stance! I will go back another day to do a separate blog on that, hopefully when there are less people! There's such history attached of which I will need to research to go with my pictures.
After leaving the Pantheon, I wandered into the next square and was admiring the view of Piazza Della Minerva and taking in the atmosphere, when out of the blue, came the boys in blue on blue motor ...
... in Rome. For instance, when shopping for groceries do not touch the fruit with your bare hands. Use the plastic gloves provided. If shopping at an open air market, do not touch the fruit at all, or be so rude as to tell the person selling it which pieces to pick for you. Do not tip (Blair liked that one). So I was pleased to see the plastic gloves in the produce section and felt slightly superior as I watched some Brits manhandle the nectarines ...
... speakers to be quiet. It seemed a bit bizarre. The whole walk through was impressive.
We went through the carriage room, it showed all different carriages that popes had used throughout the years. Something I found interesting was that John Paul II was shot at in an assassination attempt in 1981, he was shot four times. Something I didn't know before our visit.
After we ...
... 4-5 years to paint and is equally impressive.
We left the Sistine Chapel amazed and glad we hung in there through all of the corridor walking with the other 2,000 people. We spent some time afterwards in St. Peter's Basilica looking at the art and listening to the audio guide. It certainly is very big in there and overwhelming in many ways - but certainly something to see when you are in the neighborhood.
With the four major sites of the day ...