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Armed with new shoes, plenty of bandages and a pair of socks, I was painfully ready for our full day at the Vatican. We enjoyed an Italian breakfast of toast, mozzarella and some meats (salami, turkey, prosciutto) and jam. Of course Rome would have a one day only strike the day that we needed the public transportation! Luckily, they are required to run during rush hour times for working people. We barely caught one of the last buses and headed to the Vatican. Upon arriving, it seemed unusually busy but thought nothing of it. We thought it strange that there were huge monitors with shots of the Vatican Square and several people in different languages speaking over a loud P.A. system. We decided to wander when the English portion started. “Bla bla bla….Papal mass…bla bla bla….10:00.” Checking the time and seeing it was 9:55 we decided to stick around and see what was going on. The sound of Papal sounded promising. Leaning on a barrier for foot relief, we listened to the longest Latin Litany of the Saints in a Gregorian Chant-style. Finally, mass started and sure enough, tall hat on head, here comes the Pope! It is the Year of the Priests and this was a mass celebrating the end of it and to have all priests renew their vows. Unfortunately, we were so far away that we really only saw him from the jumbo screens, but when we took out his holy water and shook it out towards the crowd, I deemed myself blessed by the Pope, himself!
After Rome-ing (get it??) around for awhile, we headed into the Vatican Museum. While it was interesting at first, hours of statues, paintings and frescoes become exhausting. We finally tip toed into the Sistine Chapel. My eyes were immediately drawn up to the ceiling as I feverishly looked for the Creation of Adam. As soon as I saw it, I had to silently laugh as I recalled a scene from one of my favorite tv shows, “Arrested Development.” It was good it was a silent chuckle since there were guards all over the room shhhshing people and shouting “No Photos!” Luckily, we had my good friend Rick Steves (did I mention I love him!) to audio guide us through the magnificent room, shedding more light on the history and beauty of this masterpiece by Michelangelo.
Next was St. Peter’s Basilica. Regretfully, we did not have Rick with us this time, so we had to roam around and decipher things on our own. I felt it less of a church, with SO many tourists, photographs and people talking and almost more like a meeting place. Well, I guess that is was a Basilica originally was…but still, I was surprised at it not feeling more “holy” but maybe it was the fact that there were thousands of pictures being taken from all sides, it was early evening, I was exhausted from walking in the heat all day and my blisters were pussing up, but while as magnificent and beautiful as it was, it was strangely, not what I had pictured
As the saying goes….”When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” So, who am I to argue? To truly be like the locals, a siesta (afternoon…an afternoon, or in our case, evening, nap) was in store. We got a late, late dinner, some more vino and enjoyed the warm, breezy evening to end our first full day in Rome!
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