Monday, April 12, 2004

Rome, Day One

So we're in Rome on Easter Sunday. What do you do? Go to the Easter Mass at St. Peter's of course. So we went along, with about 100,000 others to the square. It was very cool. Sorry, no pictures yet coz this net cafe thing does't have a USB port to plug my camera into.

After a few hours at St Peter's we went for a walk around Vatican City (unfortunately a lot of the museums and stuff were closed). We went to (something) castle, and took pictures of the bridges across the river.

After wondering around for a while, we made it to the Pantheon - very big, very old stone building originating some 2000 years ago - and later modified by the Romans. We had lunch on the steps of the fountain in front of the Pantheon.

Next stop was the Trevi Fountain, which is less a fountain and more a waterfall. Blood huge as well. It was full of people chucking coins in. The Trevi is one of the newer attrations in Rome, since it was built "only" in 1732.

We did a quick run to the Colleseum, but the line to get in was waay too long. We wondered around the Roman Forum (where the rich people lived) for the rest of the afternoon. After heading to the hostel to relax for a bit, we decided to go out for dinner.

And then it rained. Not heavy rain, just constant light rain. Made dodging the frequent piles of dog shit on the pavement quite hard. We were thouroughly miserable by the time we got to a resteraunt somewhere near the Spanish Steps. Had a quick (decent) dinner and decided to head back home. We just missed out bus, so had to wait in the freezing rain + cold for the next one. Lots of fun.

Now it's morning on Day 2, and it's still raining. And it's a public holiday, so not sure what's open. We're still deciding on where to go.

Pictures

Easter Sunday Mass at Vatican City

Easter Sunday Mass at Vatican City - From the middle of the square

A few hundred thousand people leaving after mass

Jem and me at the castle in Vatican City (can't remember it's neame)

Sitting at the steps in front of the Pantheon, planning the next move. Lu is very bored.

One of the prettier streets in Rome

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