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Photo Journal: Rome and the Vatican City
June 9-13, 2001
During the summer of 2001, I was living with my family in Sicily, Italy, where my father was stationed with the US Navy. We had moved there from Jacksonville, Florida two years earlier. Although I had traveled some around the island and had made one trip with the whole family up to Florence, I still wanted to see and experience more of Italy before I left to begin college in Germany. Kathleen, my best friend from high school in Florida, decided she wanted to come visit me before I left, too, so we planned a trip to Rome together! She spent some time with us in Sicily first, then we began our adventure.
We planned the trip around my 21st birthday, which made it even more special. :) We decided to plan tours through the local USO on base, and we got some great deals. We booked tours to go through St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums, an audience with the Pope (along with thousands of others, or so it seemed), a personal guided tour of the city, and also day-trips to near-by Florence, Naples, and Pompeii (see my other photo journals for those pictures). Needless to say, we had a very busy schedule for our 5 days there! But it was and incredible, almost surreal, experience, and we had the time of our lives. I hope to return someday (since I DID throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain...), and experience it all over again.
All of the pictures included here were taken by me on my Olympus 35mm camera I had just gotten for my birthday (sorry, don't have all the specifications readily available for you). A few of the pictures were taken on my Cannon Elph with Advantix film, as it could take "panoramic" pictures and was small enough to fit in my purse/pocket to sneak into "no cameras allowed" areas...such as the Sistine Chapel and some basilicas...shhhh... I hope you enjoy these -- I had a great time taking them!