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... St Peters Basilica. This is the largest church in the world. It is enormous and pretty spectacularly adorned with statues, frescoes, mosaics and paintings. It was built between 1506 - 1626, with Michelangelo one of the primary architects. Saint Peter who was Jesus's fave apostle is buried there. He was also the first pope.
I think I have the hang of crossing the roads now. ...
... past, followed by several security people on foot and then, the car carrying the Pope! Dressed in white, as you would expect, this kindly looking character was smiling and waving and seemed genuinely pleased to see a large percentage of Rome plus a couple of kiwis welcoming him in! I got all this in the two seconds that it took for his car to drive past!!
Well, well, well....as if Rome had not delivered enough, it had now delivered the Pope!
... lunch, we decided to visit the Castle of St Angelo which is just down the road from our hotel. We rented a couple of headsets and wandered through the castle listening to the history and commentary as we went. We got back to the hotel just in time for a quick shower before our welcome reception meeting and dinner with the rest of the tour group.
In our group of 39, there are about 50% Americans, 40% Aussies and 10% Kiwis. Apart from two 30 something's ...
I managed to lock myself out of the website that operates our International Travel Visa Cards (thanks to GG’s iPad and its merry go round of onscreen keyboards– had to throw that in there!) So I had to stuff around changing 3G suppliers to find one that I could use to ring customer support in Oz. I’ll wait 'til I can find some Wifi elsewhere before I try THAT again!
We’ve paid the nice lady who booked us in and in ...
... a little restaurant and for 10€ each got a glass of wine, a plate of pasta with tomato sauce and some focaccia bread filled ourselves enough to move on and for the next few hours we explored the Roman Forum. As the sun was going down we happened upon the Marmatine prison the place supposedly the Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome before his execution. There is some speculation ...