For the past five weeks I have been posting pics from our Christmas and New Year's spent in Italy last year. So far I have posted pics from Venice, Bologna, Florence, our day cooking with our friend Judy Witts Francini, and finally some scenes of Rome decked out in Christmas splendour.
Shortly after Christmas our friends Palma and Brad returned to the US and our friend Nancy joined us in Rome.It was great to spend the holidays with friends.
On the 31st we went to the Vatican museums and spent HOURS in line. Note: if you book your tickets online you can pretty well walk right in and ignore the line. Do not waste three hours standing in line!!!!!!
We had a relaxing afternoon and Nancy crashed early. There were a number of large street celebrations but we weren't up to more crowds after spending the day in the Vatican museums . . . particularly crowds of drunken Italians!
Paul and I decided to go out and wander the neighbourhood just before midnight. We had been warned of some safety things - Italians take the concept of 'out with the old and in with the new' literally. Sure enough as the clock struck midnight we heard the sounds of glassware and dishes shattering on the cobblestones. We also heard the crackling, shriek, pop, and boom of fireworks . . . everywhere!
Things will be decidedly more calm this year. The loudest sound this year will likely be mom banging a pot out the door or Paul blowing a noisemaker.
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