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Here is the link to my pics of Castel Sant Angelo and the Borghese Gardens. Not many pictures in this group. I would've loved to have taken photos in the Galleria Borghese, but it wasn't permitted (this will be a recurring theme throughout my visits to churches and monuments).

Anyway, after looking in St Peter's, Brendan and I looked around in the various bookshops down the Via Della Concilizione (I could've picked up half the reading material for my thesis in a few of them- some amazing translations of the early church fathers were available there) before we headed onto the Castel Sant Angelo. It was formerly Hadrian's mausoleum, and later the Popes modified it to be their fortress in times of conflict. The wall painting (particularly in Clement VIII's bathroom) is quite impressive. And apart from Santa Sabina on the Aventine, it also affords one of the very best views of the city as well.

(Yeah, not much to say. I'm a lot more tired than I thought I'd be.)

We looked around in more giftshops the next day while headed in the general direction of the Piazza Del Popolo and Borghese Gardens. We visited the Santa Maria Del Popolo there, which houses Caravaggio's Conversion on the Way to Damascus (The Crucifixion of St Peter is normally there too, but it's currently part of an exhibition in St Peters that I visited later in the trip). As to the gardens.....well, they're huge. My feet were so tired at the end of the day, but it was worth it. One of the nicest places I visited in Rome, really a revelation. Very peaceful and picturesque.
My main interest in going to the Galleria was to see Canova's statue of Paulina Borghese. It was absolutely beautiful. The real surprise however was Bernini's scupltures of Apollo & Daphne and Aeneas & Anchises. The former in particular was flawless, and lifelike in the richness of detail and care taken on the parts of the sculpture such as Daphne's arm becoming the laurel tree. Had much fun explaining the frescoes on the ceiling of the Dido & Aeneas room too ("So in this one, Mercury's telling Aeneas to get a move on and found Rome...").

It was getting dark by the time we got to the Spanish Steps. As a result, I didn't take a photo of them then (there is one later though), but I couldn't help but take a photo of the hotel Villa Medici. TomKat were staying there while in Rome for their wedding, and there was a huge throng of media and American tourists mulling about outside behind barracades set up by the police. I couldn't be bothered hanging about for celebrities I didn't really give two jots about, so we moved on and ended up seeing the footage on Italian tv that night.

Speaking of which: Italian tv is horrendous (much like Australian tv, really). They really, really like using the theme from Gladiator, whether it's in their version of Deal or No Deal? or in an ad for muffin mixture (seriously, WTF?). Most of the time, we watched CNN, and this reporter Richard Quest, who is this rollicking 'Tally HO!' Brit with big, really white teeth and enthusiasm for the Rolling Stones and gadgetry.

And really, that's all I have to say on Wednesday/Thursday. On Friday, we went to the Colosseum and Forum. Those pictures may take a little longer to upload due to the sheer volume, so I might end up splitting the day into two parts like I did here.

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jazzgoddess From: jazzgoddess Date: December 4th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got your postcard today! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *hugs*

normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: December 5th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good! If I'd known you were going to get it today though, I would've addressed it to Erica Stone, LOL.

I bought a small gift for you when I was in Florence. I'll see that I get that posted your way within the week. :D
jazzgoddess From: jazzgoddess Date: December 5th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh honey - you really really didn't have to do that....

Thank you!
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