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The Basilica and Dinner at Alberto's House
Submitted by bugsly on Monday, March 13, 2006 - 12:12 Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | Italy | Physical and Health Education | Subway | Train | Walk

My dad and I started off this morning by visiting the ESRIN - The European Space Agency where he worked for six months in 1979/80. It's in Frascati where we are staying. It was interesting to see where my dad worked at one time. We took the train into Rome and went to a wonderful little restaurant that my dad used to eat. Then we met my mom and Michael at the Pantheon. We looked around and then went on a long walk to Saint Peter's Square and Basilica. We didn't actually see the Pope, but we saw where he stands when he give sermons on Sunday mornings. The Basilica was big and beautiful. It was amazing to see the number of Popes buried there. It made me think about how long Catholicism has been around. We saw Michaelangelo's Pieta which was gorgeously crafted from one piece of marble. Mary's dress looked as if it could have been silk to the touch. The Vatican Museum was closed, but we hope to come back again and see the Sistine Chapel.

After we left, we went to the house of a former work collegue of my dad's for dinner. We had delicious fettucine and veal for dinner, and then roasted potatoes which were yummy. It was really nice to be with a family for a meal. My dad's friend Alberto kindly drove us back to Frascati to our hotel after dinner. We all really appreciated that being that we didn't have a car.


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