Cardinal Hotel St. Peter
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... just throws history in your face. We enjoyed the breeze and the nice weather for a bit, and then continued walking to St. Peter's square - where I saw the basilica with its night lights on for the first time!
We continued walking home, where we had our dinner, or last Roman supper (for the time being, at any rate!)at the Pizza place on Medaglie d'Oro/Marziale. It was crowded in the restaurant, as it has been all day, and I ...
... were unlabelled. Fifteen minutes later we were in the vicinity of the Australian Embassy. It was well after midnight when through the darkness of a narrow street I saw something that made me so happy. Underneath the glow of a dim street light was the Australian Coat of Arms. It was small but I could make it out through the darkness. There we were barefooted and ringing the doorbell to Australian territory in Rome at 1.30 in the morning. The only problem was no one was home. So we ...
... however, the sculptures where still incredible to see and worth the visit.
The next stop of the day was the Altare della Patria it contains the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and is the largest white marble structure to be built. It is absolutely massive. We explored inside before heading out onto the terrace, which overlooked parts of the city and the Roman Forum (a site we hoped to visit later that day).
Back on the street again we ...
... of her nose.
What’s with Italian women? Why are they so unfriendly? Is it me, is this a race thing? Or conditioned by years of unsolicited advances from Italian men, are they hard wired to assume that any strange man that talks to them is hitting on them? Or is it the language barrier? Are they so conscious of the awkwardness a lost in translation situation can cause, they’d rather not entertain an interaction that isn’t in Italian?
Today was the day for the general audience with the Pope in St Peter's Square. Was due to start at 10:30am but we read that you needed to be there by 8:30 to get a good seat. Duly arrived at 8:30 and went through the X-Ray machines etc. Got realisably close to the front in the general area and then listened to all the nationalities of the world sitting, talking and since we are in Italy smoking away. ...