Hotel La Giocca
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... at 5:00 tomorrow.
Friday, Sept 12 - We were up early, took a cab to the Vatican (10 euros) for our tour. We started at 6:45 am with a wonderful full breakfast in the Pine Cone Garden of the Vatican. I had 3 cups of coffee. Much better than the tiny, lukewarm one I paid 2.5 euros for on Wednesday. After that at 8:00 Sara, our guide from Ireland, led 18 of us into the Vatican Museum. There were only a few small groups ...
... thought it was all very creepy.
After our tour we walked to to see the Trevi fountain, which is the largest baroque fountain in the city and is thought to be the most beautiful in the world. It was much larger than I thought it would be.
We finished off our night with dinner and a long walk home. As we were walking along the charming narrow streets we turned a corner and there was the Pantheon looming before us. It was ...
Today was our Vatican day. We went first thing in the morning to our appointment for the Vatican Museums (and I am glad we reserved tickets ahead of time. The line was at least a quarter-mile long when we left, and very far from single file). As our guidebook said, the Vatican museums can teach you a lot about eternity, but they are also a must-see. Of course, there's the Sistine Chapel, but also a lot of other cool stuff, like a hallway frescoed with maps of ...
... the Pantheon.
Dad highlight - St. Peter's Basilica
Dad lowlight - getting up early
Mom highlight - seeing the Sistine chapel again
Mom lowlight - taxi ride from Vatican to our archeological dig when we almost ran over the family with small children
Brian highlight - learning that an old Roman delicacy was chilled peacock brains and flamingo tongue
Brian lowlight - morning fog blocking Rome from the top of St. Peter's Basilica after ...
... left the Trevi fountain I thought it was throw a coin in the fountain for love, but the guide book says to return to Rome. At this stage I don't know that I want to it’s so hot and busy and there's so little shade and plants. I haven't found it at all romantic, but I guess the bits that are romantic I avoid or make void by going Alone. I've just found all the sight’s here so much less special as they are flooded with tourists. I think I'm ready to ...