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... and then back past the myriad of monuments to where we began. We then headed up the many steps of the Ara Coeli and made our way thru the monument to the entrance to the Colosseum to meet our new guide. We then spent the next 4 hours walking and climbing thru the many ruins and down into the dungeon/underside of the Colosseum itself to admire the scope and handiwork ...
... to be refurbished or repaired, and this time around Bree and I felt no differently when we discovered the Trevi Fountain covered in scaffolding. Not willing to wait in the impromptu line that had formed to make the trek through the construction site to get some what closer to the famous fountain, we settled for perusing a few of the postcard stands to remember what it was supposed to look like before moving on to explore again.
On the way back in the general ...
... I just wandered the streets, such a beautiful city but there were so many tourists. I was expecting tourists but don't think I was quite ready for the just huge amount that were there. Wound my way through the winding streets up to the pantheon, the old roman catholic church. Originally built before 14AD and then rebuilt in 126AD, it still holds the record for the worlds ...
... and softdrink :)) whilst we got the apartment sorted and then returned the car to the hire place. It is so wonderful to catch up with dear, old friends when it feels like only yesterday that we were last chatting!!!
That evening, we had a lovely dinner with Cathy and Ian and settled into our apartment with its amazing view of the Colosseum only 4 doors away at the end of the street. ...
... 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 ...