St. Peter's: Frances in front of one of the pillars of the main altar. The interior is so cavernous that my flash pictures look like they were taken outdoors at night.

We waited until Sunday, a couple of days after Pope John Paul II's funeral, to visit the Vatican. By then, all the crowds were gone.

The day before, we had gone to the Galleria Borghese, where the Borgia family had amassed a carefully picked collection of masterpiece sculptures and paintings. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take any photos in the Galleria.

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