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... plus some new ones. Her notes (which would easily fill this blog) will be available on our return. After the exhibition, the Steps, and the adjoining streets, were totally thronged with tourists so we escaped the crowds and went down to the Piazza de Popolo. This has one of the original city gates, covering the main northen entrance to the city. There is a wonderful church here with two Caravaggios (Joy's ...
... and satellites, including one of Venice and it's series of canals. We enter the private rooms of past popes like Julius II, who commissioned Rafael to point the walls. These are some amazing frescos, including one in the former library that features images of Plato, Aristotle and Pythagoras, and Rafael's own facial self portrait, as well as an image of Michelangelo, who at the same time was painting the Sistine Chapel right next door. It's now ...
... down Via Del Corso. All you need to do is add a thunder, lightening and hail storm (while wearing sandals) and it gets even more exciting. Luckily we found one of those huge porticoes to use as an umbrella (along with about 70 other people). However, it only lasted 10-15 minutes and then off to the Pantheon.
We also picked up our phone, so we can call the B&B's and in case of emergencies. It is fairly cheap ...
... two others. We just followed where the crowd pushes and managed to get 6 books in total. The booklet titled "Vangela" is a religious book written in Italian, I think. We gave the books to Franky and he could have enough to give them to his families. We felt a great sense of accomplishment, not that it was that difficult. It would be the same in Singapore when there is a distribution of anything free. Or in the metro in Hong Kong during the rush ...
... enough to arrive just in time for mass in one of the smaller chapels. It was in Italian and it was nice to just stop and say a prayer for our family and friends back home.
After Vatican City it was time for lunch and then more walking, the goal was to get to Trevi Fountain and have some gellato while enjoying the sights. Well, that was the goal of a few other thousand people as well so yes we had gelatto, yes we saw the Trevi Fountain, no ...