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I've been lucky enough to visit The Eternal City twice in seven months, once for our sixth anniversary and once with a school group in April, 2005. Excitingly, my second trip coincided with the events of Pope John Paul II's funeral, which was an unforgettable experience.

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The afternoon I arrived, I went for a boat ride on a small, terrapin-filled pond in the Villa Borghese park.
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This temple was on the pond's edge.
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The first night I was there, some of my group decided they wanted to see the Pope lying in state. We queued for 11.5 hours with a million or so other people! History in the making.
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This view of the Castel St. Angleo was seen during the first couple of hours of our standing in line.

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This man was seen in the queue about four hours into our wait.
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The Pope said before he died that he didn't mind us taking photos. This was taken at about 11.00 in the morning.
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One of the pilgrims who came to see the Pope.
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A security man at the Vatican
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A rather mature boy scout with his cigarette
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This forlorn man must have been as tired as we were...
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...but he still manages to look cute!

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The next day, we had the streets of Rome to ourselves. Here I am, a lone inhabitant of the Spanish Steps.
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...soon I was joined by this man.
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Trevi Fountain was similarly empty.
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Here I am, making a wish.
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A horny little Triton in the Piazza Navona
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A horny little tourist in the Piazza Navona
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The usual banner was decorated with a black rosette to honor the Pope.
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Porcini mushrooms are always an exciting find.
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Here I am eating a plate of porcini and some gorgonzola gnocci.
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This man was admiring the other members of our group.

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George Bush was in this car. One of the women I know stuck her tongue out at him.
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Seen in a Roman toy shop
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We visited the main church of the city of Rome.
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Outside the church.
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In another church, I took this super photo.
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A beautiful church window
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I can't remember the name of the "wedding cake" building.

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I paid another visit to the Bocca della Verita (the Mouth of Truth). It looks like a big wheel of gorgonzola cheese!
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Inside the Coliseum
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A centurian entertains the backpackers.

Have you seen our anniversary photos in Rome from 2004?


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