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Monday, July 20, 2009

The Final Day

Friday 03 July


This was our last day in Rome so we had a lot of ground to cover.
After breakfast we walked down to the Spanish Steps and took the train a few stops to Barberini, which was the closest stop to the Trevi Fountain. I was able to get some pretty good shots.
At this point I had finally worked out how to use the panoramic camera feature without all of the ghost images.






We walked a few more blocks to the Pantheon and saw a considerable amount of Rome along the way.
Outside of the new city center of via Veneto it is not unusual to see ancient ruins interspersed with modern structure so everywhere you look there is something fascinating to see.





The Pantheon has an interesting fountain and I took a lot of close ups of the details including the crazy fish creature that I firmly believe looks like our dog, Sally.
From there we walked towards Piazza Navona and stopped at a relatively inexpensive cafe for lunch. The meal was okay, but clearly not of high quality. We were however treated to a nice dinner show as there were apparently two high ranking ministers dining inside so the entire street was swarming with secret service. We didn't know about the ministers until they had left so we were trying to figure out why there was so much security surrounding the guy bringing in the beverage stocks.

From there we walked towards Piazza Navona and stopped at a relatively inexpensive cafe for lunch. The meal was okay, but clearly not of high quality. We were however treated to a nice dinner show as there were apparently two high ranking ministers dining inside so the entire street was swarming with secret service. We didn't know about the ministers until they had left so we were trying to figure out why there was so much security surrounding the guy bringing in the beverage stocks.
Half of Piazza Navona was blocked off for rennovations but two of the fountains, including a Bernini, were still accessable.
This has got to be the best picture yet:

From there we walked to Piazza del Popolo and along the way scored an original piece of art from a man who had set up an exhibit along one of the fences blocking off one of the ruins. Thunder followed us all the way back to the hotel and it began raining soon after.
Once it stopped we walked over to the Borghese Gardens. I had been hoping to go to the Gallery but it didn't work out. We still saw a few statues and fountains and had a nice walk back down via Veneto for the evening, where we enjoyed a canolli and more ice cream. We had planned to rest in the evening because we had to leave for the airport at 4am, but as usual, that didn't happen. We slept from about midnight to 3am. Returning to the states was just as physically challenging as getting to Europe, though I was able to sleep a little more on the way back despite a very loud grandfather seated directly behind me who had to bellow our current position to his grandchildren who were just as capable as anyone else of seeing the stats on the screen.
Coincidentally, the flight tracker showed us flying very close to the coast of Iceland. I tried to convince Jason that we didn't need to go there now since we flew over it, but he didn't seem to agree.Some day, Bjork, Some day...


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