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Lunch in the rain

Today began with another struggle to get up followed by another long mission around the neighbourhood trying to find a waffle place some of the others had seen the day before.  Yet again we failed and returned to the apartment empty handed, so we all headed out to the Vatican with empty stomachs hoping to find something to eat there.  Five minutes out the door and the heavons opening and we sheltered from the downpour under the canopy of a flower stall until the worst of it past.  Once close to the Vatican it was almost lunchtime, so we found a nice restaurant and sat on a long table outside to eat.  It was lovely meal with many courses and it was fun sitting outside under shelter whilst the rain pelted down all around us.

The road leading up to the entrance to Vatican City is lined with suvenier shops and I took the oppurtunity to indulge in my passion of tacky suvenier collecting.

  Happily satisfied with candles showing pictures of the Pope we continues on to the huge queue leading into the Vatican.  It was a big line but it moved quickly and once inside we elected to climb the 500 and something steps to the top of the dome rather than pay an extra 2 Euros to take the lift. The stairs were steep and claustrophobic but the view from the top was incredible, and also the view of the cathedral interior far below us.

By the time we were done it was late afternoon, but as the Vatican museum next day is closed on Sundays we decided to visit the Spanish steps and return early the next morning before our flight.  The steps were great - a relaxed atmosphere with lots of tourists taking a break anhd resting weary feet.  We retired to a nearby restaurant to drink cocktails and eat garlic bread before heading back to the apartment in the evening.

  As this was a hen do we had some games planned for the evening - we went out to get wine and pizza and spent the evening in the apartment playing 'Mr & Mrs' and 'pin the willy on Ross' - a varient of pin the tail on the donkey involving a bedshet with a man's body drawn on and an A4 sized picture of Jenni's fiance's head stuck on.  We all drew and cut out willies the took turns to be blindfolded and try to stick them onto the appropriate place on the bedsheet - much harder than it looks!

We called it a night around 1am as we had to be up at 6:30 if we had any chance of seeing the Vatican museum before our flight home at 4:00 the next day.

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Lunch in the rain
Lunch in the rain
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