Rome

Rome wasn't high on our list of things we wanted to do, but since we had to go there for the airplane ride home, we decided to spend a couple of days there. We had been there about 30 years ago, and so I was disappointed for a couple of reasons - the crowds of tourists were so large that is was not pleasurable to go to many places. There was a two hour wait in line to get into the Vatican museum. St. Peter's Bascilica was roped off in the middle, so that you could only walk around the sides. When we were there before, we could go anywhere in the church.

Driving into Rome on Thursday 5:00 traffic was a nightmare. I was so thankful to be able to unload the rental car.

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The Colosseum
Pam at the Colosseum
A newly erected cross at the Colosseum to honor the thousands of Christians that were killed there
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
The Arch of Constantine, erected 315 BC. When were were in Rome before, there was no fence around it.
Light coming into the Pantheon
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Inside the Pantheon, built as a Roman temple from 118-135 A.D. Later, it was converted to a Christian temple.
My favorite part of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican
A medieval town in the mountains that we found on our way to Rome
Pam having a pastry fit in Rome
Gary eating lunch at the Vatican. Note the wine from a box.
Swiss Guards at the Vatican
   
   

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