Thursday, June 5, 2008

Shopping Mall and Piazzas Galore

Today was a bit unusual. By noon, we had accomplished nothing. By 16:00 (4pm) we had gone to the mall. But by 21:00 (9pm), we had seen about 6 different piazzas, the Pantheon, hiked up a giant hill to get a spectacular view of the city, ate at a weird little restaurant, and devised a way to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. Another thing I've learned about Chris and I: we're exponentially more productive the later get it gets in the day. lol
Pictured above is Chris opening a bottle of wine we bought at the supermarket for about 1 euro. There wasn't a corkscrew in the apartment, so Chris found a screw and a pair of pliers. And about five minutes and probably a few strained muscles later ... we're drinking our suprisingly not bad wine. ;)
The reason we didn't get up until close to noon was because we still didn't have an alarm clock ... or a watch ... so that was why we had to go to the mall. We also picked up a handy dandy SD card reader so that I could continue to upload pictures on this blog. Last night, I borrowed one from this nice Australian couple that was staying down the hall.
After that, we decided that we had wasted too much of the day and headed out on a mission to see anything and everything we could. My legs are so sore from so much walking. But below is the fruits of our labor. Enjoy the pics!

The Pantheon: a building that architects today are still baffled by. The dome was apparently made using a technique that is unknown today.

The Pantheon was originally designed to be a sundial. Now it is also a church.

Piazza Nuvona was really neat. Lots of painters and people just hanging out. We were bummed that we didn't get to go into the church pictured here. There's a saint's head in there!

Pretty church.

In the Piazza de Popollo.

The Piazza de Popollo as seen from this balcony that we hiked up to. If you look hard, you can see the Vatican in the background, which we're going to tomorrow.

Me trying to keep the wind out of my hair.

Another pretty church.