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2008 Arrivederci, Roma

At the end of November, 2008, I took a short trip to Rome during the 4-day Thanksgiving Weekend. The net time I had for taking pictures was actually less than 15 hours, including stopping for shelter from the heavy rain. Before I went, rain was in everyday's forecast. Unexpectedly, on the first day the weather was terrific. The second day, thunderstorms. And the third day, a few heavy showers. Yet, I should still consider myself blessed, for after I came back, certain areas in Rome were flooded.

Roma - or Amor, if you read it backwards, was the first city I ever visited in Europe with a tour 10 years ago. I found it stunning. The second time, travelling alone, I was still very impressed, especially by the ruins. The main purpose of this trip was to take pictures of Il Terme di Caracalla. It was quite a long and exhausting walk to reach there, especially while jetlagging after a 9-hour flight. But, the moment when I saw this place under the perfect blue sky, I was overwhelmed. I told myself, "Finally I'm taking photos here. The rest is a bonus."

To my surprise, as of Nov 29, I still didn't see Christmas decorations in Rome or Vatican City. In the centre of St. Peter's Square (photo # 36)and even inside the Basilica, there was some renovation going on, and I could not tell if they were building something for Christmas. At the famous Navona Fountain (#75) and Piazza Venezia (#79), there was also renovation. As a result, it gave me an excuse to return there later.

Roma, non vedo l'ora di ritornarci.

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01_Bath of Caracalla.jpg
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02_Bath of Caracalla.jpg
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07_Bath of  Caracalla.jpg
07_Bath of Caracalla.jpg
08_Bath of Caracalla.jpg
08_Bath of Caracalla.jpg
09_Palatine Hill.jpg
09_Palatine Hill.jpg
10_Palatine Hill.jpg
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11_Palatine Hill.jpg
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12_Palatine Hill.jpg
12_Palatine Hill.jpg
13_Palatine Hill.jpg
13_Palatine Hill.jpg
14_Arch of  Constantine.jpg
14_Arch of Constantine.jpg
15_Arch of Titus.jpg
15_Arch of Titus.jpg
16_Temple of Venus  Roma.jpg
16_Temple of Venus Roma.jpg
17_Colosseum when sunny.jpg
17_Colosseum when sunny.jpg
18_Inside Colosseum.jpg
18_Inside Colosseum.jpg
19_Colosseum when cloudy.jpg
19_Colosseum when cloudy.jpg
20_A Wall in front of the Basilica of Constantine.jpg
20_A Wall in front of the Basilica of Constantine.jpg
21_Forum of Traiano.jpg
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22_Forum of Traiano.jpg
22_Forum of Traiano.jpg
23_Theatre of Marcello.jpg
23_Theatre of Marcello.jpg
24_Temple of Hercules Victor.jpg
24_Temple of Hercules Victor.jpg
25_Santa Maria in Cosmedin.jpg
25_Santa Maria in Cosmedin.jpg
26_Temple of Saturn.jpg
26_Temple of Saturn.jpg
27_Arch of Septimius Severus.jpg
27_Arch of Septimius Severus.jpg
28_Forum of Caesar.jpg
28_Forum of Caesar.jpg
29_Temple of Castor  Pollux in the centre.jpg
29_Temple of Castor Pollux in the centre.jpg
30_Vittorio Emanuele Bridge.jpg
30_Vittorio Emanuele Bridge.jpg
31_St Angelo Castle.jpg
31_St Angelo Castle.jpg
32_St Angelo Bridge.jpg
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33_St Angelo Bridge.jpg
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34_St Angelo Bridge.jpg
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35_St Angelo Bridge.jpg
35_St Angelo Bridge.jpg
36_Construction at St Peter.jpg
36_Construction at St Peter.jpg
37_Aisle of St Peter.jpg
37_Aisle of St Peter.jpg
38_Inside St Peter.jpg
38_Inside St Peter.jpg
39_Pieta behind the glass.jpg
39_Pieta behind the glass.jpg
40_Inside St Peter.jpg
40_Inside St Peter.jpg
41_Inside St Peter.jpg
41_Inside St Peter.jpg
42_Inside St Peter.jpg
42_Inside St Peter.jpg
43_The beauty above.jpg
43_The beauty above.jpg
44_The Dome.jpg
44_The Dome.jpg
45_Inside St Peter.jpg
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47_Inside St Peter.jpg
48_Two are not statues.jpg
48_Two are not statues.jpg
49_Inside St Peter.jpg
49_Inside St Peter.jpg
50_Vatican Courtyard.jpg
50_Vatican Courtyard.jpg
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51_Vatican Courtyard.jpg
52_Vatican Museum - a tapestry.jpg
52_Vatican Museum - a tapestry.jpg
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53_Vatican Museum.jpg
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55_A painting on the ceiling.jpg
55_A painting on the ceiling.jpg
56_Another ceiling full of paintings.jpg
56_Another ceiling full of paintings.jpg
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60_A painting on the ceiling.jpg
61_A huge painting on the ceiling.jpg
61_A huge painting on the ceiling.jpg
62_A huge painting on the wall.jpg
62_A huge painting on the wall.jpg
63_A huge painting on the wall.jpg
63_A huge painting on the wall.jpg
64_Vatican Museum.jpg
64_Vatican Museum.jpg
65_Vatican Museum.jpg
65_Vatican Museum.jpg
66_A forbidden corridor.jpg
66_A forbidden corridor.jpg
67_Vatican Museum.jpg
67_Vatican Museum.jpg
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69_Vatican Museum.jpg
69_Vatican Museum.jpg
70_Leaving Vatican.jpg
70_Leaving Vatican.jpg
71_Good-bye to St Peter.jpg
71_Good-bye to St Peter.jpg
72_Circo Massimo.jpg
72_Circo Massimo.jpg
73_Piazza del Popolo.jpg
73_Piazza del Popolo.jpg
74_Spanish Steps.jpg
74_Spanish Steps.jpg
75_Navona Fountain_the poor statue behind bars and plastic for renovation.jpg
75_Navona Fountain_the poor statue behind bars and plastic for renovation.jpg
76_Pantheon.jpg
76_Pantheon.jpg
77_Trevi Fountain.jpg
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78_Trevi Fountain.jpg
79_Piazza Venezia_under renovation too.jpg
79_Piazza Venezia_under renovation too.jpg
80_Piazza Venezia_Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II.jpg
80_Piazza Venezia_Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II.jpg
81_Campidoglio.jpg
81_Campidoglio.jpg
82_A city of beautiful domes.jpg
82_A city of beautiful domes.jpg
83_Pyramid of Cestius.jpg
83_Pyramid of Cestius.jpg
84_City gate of San Paolo.jpg
84_City gate of San Paolo.jpg