Sunday, December 30, 2012

Vatican Tour

 We started our Vatican Tour day off in the fog.  It seems the fog followed us throughout this trip.
 We had a young tour guide on this trip.  There were so many people at the Vatican.  We had headphones and our tour guide wore a microphone so we could hear her.  She was full of information, but she made me laugh because everything was "special."  This is the "special" pinecone.
 This is the "special" globe.  Since there was no talking during our tour of the Sistine Chapel, everyone meets out in this square and the tour guides give you all the 
Sistine Chapel information you could ever need.  
 We went back in the Vatican Museum and walked down the hall of antiquities.  Remember how the Vatican took a lot of valuables from the ancient ruins?  They displayed a lot of them in the museum.
 There were SOOOOO many people.  You can see our tour guide way to the right with her green umbrella.  The ceilings were beautiful.
 The Raphael rooms were awesome.  I have seen these paintings in so many art classes.  
 I can't tell you have many times I have seen this (Raphael is peeking at us) in classes and books.  It was cool to see in person.
They told us over and over that there was no talking or photography.  I can assure you there was both!
 You HAVE to take a picture!  I took a few, but apparently one man took way too many.  He was standing next to us and got kicked out!  
We left Sistine Chapel and made our way to St. Peter's Basilica.
 Michaelangelo's Pieta was gorgeous.  It was behind glass because a crazy man in the 70s took a hammer to it.  
 Pope John Paul II's tomb.
 Many people were standing in line to rub Peter's feet.
 Soooo this is where the Pope was during Christmas Eve Mass.....ahhhh!!
 I also learned that this is the largest church in the world.  Lincoln took our picture!
This is close to where Nate and I were standing for mass....minus the 60,000 people!  Our tour ended about 1:00 pm and we took a train ride home + a three hour drive to Camp Darby to stay the night.  

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