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Our first day out in Rome

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The Pantheon
We woke up kind of late on Friday and still managed to get lots of sightseeing done. We decided to start by grocery shopping at the local store followed by lunch at a local restaurant. We picked up some pasta and wine for dinner along with some toilet paper and paper towels. We had a lot fun just shopping as the little place had a whole case of cheese that was much like the meat section in a grocery store back home. It is pretty amazing what they can fit in such a small space! Local lunch included stuffed zucchini blossoms and and cannelloni for myself. The food was all terrific and we were ready to get out and start seeing the sights. Afterall the weather was great!

We walked over to the Piazza Navona on our way to the Pantheon. It was decided we would have to get some Christmas shopping done here later as there were many stalls of things to look at and only so much time in a day.
The Vittoro Emanuel Monument aka The Wedding Cake
At the Pantheon we spent time marvaling at the size of the structure. It is 142 ft. wide and 142 ft. high! It is a perfect sphere resting in a cylinder and the opening at the top is 18 ft. in diameter. According to Frommers "before the 20th century, this was the biggest pile of concrete ever constructed." The bronze doors on the outside weigh 20 tons each. We didnt think they would even close but we came by much later to find them shut! I would like to see how they managed that!

After the Pantheon we walked down the street to the Monument to Vittoro Emanuel. Locally the building is called The Wedding Cake because it is rather white and really kinda looks like it could be one. We climed up the steps and browsed the museum inside. We also had some great early evening views of the city including a few good sunset shots.

Crossing the street was interesting as you just kinda went when it looked clear. We learned to go when the nuns go as nobody wants to hit a nun. All the cars were so small! As we walked along the river home we saw lots of cars parallel parked but there was one in a parking space sideways! The car looked like the back half had been cut off behind the drivers seat and so it was actually as long as a normal car is wide and could actually park sideways!
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The Pantheon
The Pantheon
The Vittoro Emanuel Monument aka T…
The Vittoro Emanuel Monument aka …
Restaurant below our place. We wer…
Restaurant below our place. We we…
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona Fountain
Piazza Navona Fountain
Lets take some pictures!
Lets take some pictures!
Christmas shopping at Piazza Navona
Christmas shopping at Piazza Navona
Inside the Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon
The hole at the top!
The hole at the top!
My Panorama composite of the dome …
My Panorama composite of the dome…
View of the Colosseum from The Wed…
View of the Colosseum from The We…
Testing out my 10x Zoom
Testing out my 10x Zoom
Rome buildings at sunset
Rome buildings at sunset
Rome buildings at sunset
Rome buildings at sunset
Rome buildings at sunset
Rome buildings at sunset
The Wedding Cake at Night
The Wedding Cake at Night
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photo by: vulindlela