Saturday, December 13, 2008

Show and Tell



10 years ago this week, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Italy to spend Christmas with my sister, who was stationed there. It was quite a memorable trip, from events occurring before the trip, to my flight being cancelled, to some interesting characters that we encountered, but the best part was midnight mass at the Vatican, when we were mere feet away from Pope John Paul II. OK, actually, I missed the best part. We were walking down the street, looking for a quiet public phone. My sister said, "That was digusting! Did you see that?" I, Captain Oblivious, said, "No, what?" She said, "That guy." I said, "what was he doing?" She said, "He was was waving at us---with other than his hand!" I started laughing, and I don't think I stopped for the rest of the evening. Only I would miss seeing the flasher in Rome.

Anyway, here are some pictures from the top of St. Peter's and from midnight mass, 1998 (which was a 7 hour extravaganza!).







Don't forget to check out the rest of Show and Tell!

12 comments:

  1. I would imagine that Christmas in Rome is very over the top!! (even without the flasher!)

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  2. Wow, how wonderful to spend Christmad in Vatican City. Great pictures, thank you for sharing. It sounds like you have lots of interesting stories about your trip...
    I love, love, love the food in the trattorias in Roma and Venezia, you can't believe food tastes that good.

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  3. I meant to type ChristmaSSSS, I need more coffee!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. OMG an Italian flasher too funny, disgusting and disturbing. I would be kinda happy i missed that one... great pics!

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  5. What an incredible way to spend Christmas eve.

    Too funny about the Roman flasher.

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  6. How neat! And LOL about the flasher! Ewwww...

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  7. I would have missed it too. I miss everything. I'll say, "Hey, did you see that new street sign?" and hubby will say, "Um - yeah- it's been there for six months."

    Good thing we aren't on the witness stand, eh?

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  8. Christmas in Rome must hae been pretty amazing!

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  9. I'm so nearsighted, I totally would have missed it, too.

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  10. The flasher in Rome. what a kick.

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  11. BTW, thanks for the comment on my Christmas present post. I knew there was a reason I keep so many things around.

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  12. Hubby & I went to Italy for our honeymoon - our first and probably only trip out of the US. It was so completely incredible. I would have LOVED to have gone to a midnight mass at St Peter's!!

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