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05/07  Salzburg -> Rome
08/07  Rome -> Pompeii 
08/07  Pompeii -> Rome 
09/07  Rome -> Lucerne 

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Rome was too hot for me really!  It was 30 at 11pm and all day the ground looked quivery!  Rome is also very polluted - worse than any city I've ever been to.

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There were soldiers posing for photographs with tourists but we had no money so I took a photo from the colosseum instead.  They were very good at what they did - pretending to arrest people and then calling over the "emperor" to decide whether they should pose cutting the tourist's throat or celebrating their freedom.

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Here I am looking very exotic and deceptively cool.

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The colosseum.  Smaller than I thought it would be and the interior has obviously been quite radically changed since Roman times - arches blocked in and marks on walls where staircases used to run up.
 
Below:  Me with Julius Ceasar.  (p.s. Still haven't found out what S.P.Q.R means... it was everywhere)

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In the area around the Colosseum there are just so many ruins and monuments to be seen.  We spent a day just walking around and looking at everything and it was the best part of the stay.

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(I'm afraid I don't know what this is called...)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Below: this is a monument to Emmanuel II (I believe).  There were girls jumping in and out of the fountains and when a police man told them to move they just carried on taking pictures and totally ignored him - we noticed this happened as well when a policeman was trying to get cars to pull over and only after 7 had gone past did one finally obey.  Poor old Italian police!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Trevi Fountain was heaving with tourists but was one of the most beautiful fountain/monument/statue things I have ever seen.  I throw the obligatory penny in to ensure my return to Rome :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We also visited the Vatican (yawwwwwn) and saw the Sistine Chapel (people too pink, too muscly, and he has a habit of painting people with smaller big toes than the second... ikk).  I much preferred the Vatican Museum and all the sculptures and paintings.  The Muesum was considered by a lot of other people as "the way to the Sistine CHapel" but I thought it was just as amazing - floors, walls and ceilings all exquisitely painted (things that looked like carvings that turned out to be paintings etc). 

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We did a day trip to Pompeii by going on the train to Naples and then buying a "circumvesuviana" local train.  It was horribly hot and I felt sick and nearly fainted as there was no shade (well, none of the ruins have rooves!)  It was a fabulous thing to see and I have chosen to forget the actual experience of seeing it first-hand

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Above: The Temple of Jupiter with Mt.Vesuvius in the background.
 
 
 
Below:  Pompeii is nowhere near as ruined as I imagined it to be (plus it's ENORMOUS!)

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Now, I many have been silly in thinking there would be dead bodies lying everywhere but to find this (the Garden of Fugitives) we had to crawl under a fence (a barrier... with a no entry sign?  never... )  It would also have been good to see some of the artefacts in the Naples museum but we only had one day.