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S: Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome 2010

FC: Our Europe Trip 2010 | Mark and Susan

1: Prague

2: September 23, 2010 Arriving in Prague, Czech Republic | Prague Castle

3: Charles Bridge

4: Bashar and Adam | Susan, Irena and Rodvan | Tyn Church

5: Irena and Bashar with view of Prague | Mark, Susan, Irena and Bashar with great Czech Beer

6: Great Czech Lunch | Vojtech, Susan and Mark In Clumentz Appartment | Vojtech and Bashar in Prague Appartment

7: Our Wonderful day with Vojtech and Jana at Kinsky Castle

8: Heiner Family home in Kutna Hora

9: The town of Kutna Hora and Saint Barbara's Church

10: Toasting to our wonderful family in Prague | Did I mention toasting, we did alot of that in Prague

11: The beautiful city of Prague

12: Venice

13: Our first sight of Venice - September 28, 2010 | Alleyway to Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo

14: Beautiful canals and alleyways of Venice

16: Piazza San Marco | Basilica San Marco

17: 15th. Century Clock Tower The tower was placed where the clock would be visible from the waters of the lagoon and give notice to everyone of the wealth and glory of Venice

19: Doge's Palace IX Century AD Served as: Doge's Residence Seat of Government Palace of Justice

20: Burano The Island that captured our hearts

21: Enjoying our Compari's

22: Our magical night in Burano at the Al Gatto Nero

23: Celebrating Marks 51st. Birthday | with new friends, Anna and Gino Bovo, and Restaurant owner and "Risotto King" Ruggero Bovo

24: Florence | October 1 - 5 2010

25: Our Apartment in Florence, it was incredible

26: View from our Apartment/Entrance Door | Statue Square outside the Uffizi Gallery

27: Uffizi Gallery | Brunelleschi's Dome at the top of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

28: Santa Maria del Fiore, Architectural Marvel built in 1418

29: View of Brunelleschi's Dome, painted by Leonardo de Vinci

30: Original Church of Saint Reparata built in mid 300s | Paintings from inside Santa Maria de Fiore Cathedral

31: We enjoyed some wonderful salami/cheese and wine | Relic believed to be pieces from Jesus original cross

32: Piazza in front of Santa Croce | Inside the Basilica of Santa Croce built in 1294 | Robe and Sash of St. Francis of Assisi

33: Galileo Galilei, the Father of Modern Science, died in 1642. Originally buried in a small room next to the novices chapel, reburried in the main body of the Basilica in 1737

34: If you rub the boar's nose you are going to be making a return trip to Florence Market Nuevo

35: Standing on The Ponte Vecchio, Florence's most famous bridge...Uffizi Gallery on left then the Galileo Museum | Ponte Vecchio built over the river Arno

36: Pitti Palace, built in 1458 by Luca Pitti a Florentine Banker, bought by the Medici family in 1549. In the 18th century the palazzo was used as a power base by Napoleon | Entrance into the Boboli Gardens, inside the palace

38: View of Florence from the Boboli Gardens

40: Our last night in Florence we climbed 463 steps to reach Piazzale Michelangelo - so named for the Great Renaissance Sculptor. Built in 1869 it is famous for the magnificent panoramic view of Florence | View of Santa Croce Basilica

41: Boar Sausageat Antico Fattore

42: Rome October 5-9 2010

43: Borghese Gallery and Gardens, Bernini's famous statue of David plus Apollo and Daphne | The Colosseum - the greatest amphitheatre of the antiquity - was built in Rome, Italy, about 1920 years ago. It is considered an architectural and engineering wonder, and remains as a standing proof of both the grandeur and the cruelty of the Roman world.

45: Walking to the Roman Forum | The house of Caesar Augustus on Palentine Hill | Spot in which Julius Ceasar was killed by his own people on 15 March 44 BC

46: Mamertine Prison St. Peter and St. Paul were chained to this pillar | San Pietro in Vincoli, first rebuilt on older foundations in 432 to house the relic of the Chains of St. Peter We walked a long time to find this beautiful place

47: St. Pietro in Vincoli - St. Peter in Chains | The Chains that held Saint Peter

48: Michelangelo's statue of Moses, commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb

49: Our friends Fabio and Maria Bracceriferri and their son Andrea

50: Early morning at Saint Peter's | Entrance hall of St. Peter's

51: Hard for words to describe the beauty

52: Michelangelo's Pieta

53: St. Peter's Ceiling Unbelieveable!!!

54: Bernini's Alter in St. Peter's

56: The dome of St. Peter's on the outside and the inside Our walk up to the top

57: The American College of Deacons was celebrating a mass

58: View from the top of the Dome

59: The climb back down the stairs

60: Inside the Vatican Museum

62: Our Lives revolve around them

63: Michaelangelo's painting with himself in the lower left

65: Bernini's 1648 Piazza Novana, Four Rivers Fountain

66: The Pantheon, Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the Gods of Ancient Rome and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrin in about 126 AD Almost 2000 years after it was built the Pantheon's dome is stil the worlds largest unreinforced concrete dome

67: Inside the Pantheon

68: The large columned porch of the Pantheon has a fascade composed of eight columns in grey granite, all brought over from Egypt

69: Famous aritist Raphael is buried in the Pantheon | Piazza Della Rotonda Just in front of the Pantheon

71: Our walk to and at the famous Spanish Steps and Bernini's "Fountain of the Old Boat". | Church at Spanish Steps was started construction in 1502, consecrated in 1585 by Pope Sixtus V

72: Colonna dell'Immacolata Column of the Immaculate Conception - 1857, the column was found in 1777 under a monastery

75: The Trevi Fountain Largest Baroque Fountain in Rome One of the ancient aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome Standing 85.3 feet high and 65.6 feet wide

76: Santa Maria Maggiore, founded in the 4th. century is one of the five ancient basilicas of Rome.

77: Conceals one of the best preserved Byzantine interiors in Rome Just outside the chapel is the tomb of Lorenzo Bernine and his family

78: Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, the first King of a unified Italy, 1885

79: The Ara Pacis Augustae (Latin, "Altar of Augustan Peace"; commonly shortened to Ara Pacis) is an altar to Peace, envisioned as a Roman goddess. It was commissioned by the Roman Senate on 4 July 13 BC to honor the triumphal return from Hispania and Gaul of the Roman emperor Augustus,[1] and was consecrated on 30 January 9 BC by the Senate to celebrate the peace established in the Empire after Augustus's victories.[2] The altar was meant to be a vision of the Roman civil religion. It sought to portray the peace and fertile prosperity enjoyed as a result of the Pax Augusta (Latin, "Augustan peace") brought about by the military supremacy of the Roman empire, and act as a visual reminder of the Julio-Claudian dynasty that was bringing it about.

80: Front of our Rome apartment View of courtyard

81: Our Last Night in Rome | was spent with friends Fabio and Maria Bracciafari, ending with famous Tira Misu

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