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3:56pm on Sunday, 25th July, 2010:
I'll upload pictures of what I saw in Rome when I get back and have a chance to go through the 500+ photos I've taken. Meanwhile, here's a list of the things I wanted to see but didn't:
- Laocoön. We missed this statue in the Vatican museum when we took a slight short-cut.
- Ostia. It's Rome's version of Pompeii. 25 years ago, I wanted to visit it but my wife didn't; it was the same this time round, too.
- The Jesuit church. Last time, we couldn't find it; this time, it's just round the corner from our hotel but no-one except me was interested in going inside.
- A face in the wall. I don't mean the Mouth of Truth, which we're scheduled to see in a couple of hours, I mean the one where Romans traditionally put protests and complaints. I believe it's just off the Piazza Navona, but we couldn't find it and it's not on our map. I think it was behind a screen being repaired.
- Villa Borghese. It's too hard to get in, so we didn't try. On our honeymoon, we went to buy tickets, the guard thought we already had them, and let us in. There's a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte's sister in there I particularly like because of the way the chaise longue she's reclining on is sculpted.
- Piazza Barberini. We walked through this every day on our honeymoon, but this time we only saw it as our coach zipped through on the day we went to the Villa D'Este.
- Quirinale tunnel. We have fond memories of this from our honeymoon (!), but again we just drove through it in the coach.
- Via XX Setembre. Our honeymoon hotel was down this street. We could afford somewhere more central this time.
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