The Hills and Midnight in the Vatican
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December 24th, 2006 – by: Kathryn
Rome! So much to see so little time! We decided to skip the museum and head over to Palantine Hill which actually gave us some great views of The Roman Forum.
Finally we made it home to relax before the evenings festivities. We had to get in line early for midnight mass at the vatican. Boy is it cold at night when you are just standing there and not moving! Thankfully we had Nintendo DS and some hot chocolate within a reasonable walking distance. The most surprising thing was all the people cutting in line! The tickets are free but they are limited as there is only so much space. I guess if we had gotten there earlier in the day we might have gotten up to the part of the line that was blocked off (and hence less likey to have people cutting).
Eventaully they started letting people in. We were kind of in the back but it wasnt a big deal as the Pope came up the isle anyway. The worst part of the night was forgetting my extra battery for my camera. Worse yet my two other friends DIDNT BRING THEIR CAMERAS! I'm not really religeous but come on!! You come all the way to Rome, stand outside the winter cold to go to a Christmas ceramony mostly in Latin just to not bother to bring a camera to take a picture of the Pope?!! I did get some shots of the Pope during the ceramony using my awesome 10x zoom but unfortunetly it died right before he came down the aile. I mean right before he got to like within 10 feet of us. I was so sad and pouty, especially by 2 am when the mass finally ended. The other thing that was disappointing was during the mass they had everything lit up real nice but when we came back a day or two later (this time armed with extra battery) the lights weren't on and it was so dark inside even during the day I could hardly get a good picture of anything!
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