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Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

So with our flights sorted we had the chance to spend today looking around Rome. We had been told the Vatican was a busy place and the queues long to get inside so we got up early and headed over. Not early enough it seems because by the time we made it over there the line for the Sistine Chapel, inside the Vatican Museum, was about four blocks long and the wait apparently four hours at a minimum. With the sun blaring down and Megan not feeling too crash hot anyway we decided to leave and investigate how we could get Megan some antibiotics. Around the corned we found a pharmacy but unfortunately you can't buy any good drugs over the counter; you need a prescription. The pharmacist in broken English gave us directions to what we though was a doctor's office but in fact was the local hospital. Megan was pretty unwell and decided to ask at the Emergency Department where she could find a local doctor to write her a prescription. They were so lovely and searched around for someone who spoke English, the male nurse registered her details then told her where to wait for the doctor. Megan was cringing with shame at having to go to the hospital for such a minor ailment when she herself was never slow to complain when she had to sort out this type of patient at home. After an hour or so she was able to see the doctor who agreed with her self diagnosis and handed her the script, all for free. Amazingly we didn't have to pay anything for the consultation and only 5 Euro for the drugs.

After our little adventure we wandered around the streets of Rome with gelato in hand checking out the very crowded Pantheon with its open roof, the Trevi Fountain, Fountain of Four Seasons by Bernini and Tempio Adriana. We also had a look at the monument they call the wedding cake. It is a massive white marble monument dedicated to Vitterio Emanuele 2nd which does actually look like a cake. Amazing hey?
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