Schedules Change:                                                                                                             May 16, 2016

Well in proper form, we hit the ground running, literally.  We had to be at the Vatican at 7:30am to begin our tour.  We decided to make an early morning walk of it.  When we got to Vatican City we didn’t know exactly where to meet our group.  We ended up running several blocks and when we figured out the location, our group had already headed out.  While another guide road a bike to catch up, the two Olympic runners from OR-E-GUN, joined our group before the rider got there,  USA!

We spent a lot of time hearing all the history of the building, especially Michael Angelo and Rafael (painter).  We were able to get to the Sistine Chapel before the major groups got there.  This allowed us more time to take in all Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 8.53.35 PM the artistic icons.  I guess that after Michael Angelo finished the ceiling, he needed a year off from painting because he was almost blind from the work.

From there we walked through a real maze of museums and some of the roomsScreen Shot 2016-05-16 at 8.53.18 PM where Rafael had lived.  During this part we viewed some artworks, one of which was worth something like 30 million.  We then made it into St. Peter’s Bascillica.  We also had the opportunity of making it back to the Sistine, Chapel.  Upon leaving this area we were traveling down one of the many corridors when the entire group had to move quickly to the side.  There were some dignitaries from Asia that were making it to the Chapel for a meeting with the Pope.  I guess this happens fairy regularly.  They shut down the various tours going on at the time and then the Pope meets with the people in the Chapel for 20 minutes or so.   I kind of thought that we were going to visit with him ourselves for a few minutes, but I guess we were trumped by this other group and his schedule changed.  Imagine that?  I figured that the Pope and I could have carried on for awhile about a few things like; Transubstantiation vs Consubstantiation and Hillary vs Donald.  Oh well, maybe next time we can have a sit down chat.Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 8.53.00 PM

From the Vatican we headed back to our apartment for a few minutes then went on to tour the Coliseum.  The tour was fine, but like some of the others that we’ve been on it becomes “information overload”.  Kim and I spent some time just looking around inside the building.  We then sat outside and just spent time “people watching”.  We also saw our favorite street band (two violins and one guitar) again and greatly enjoyed their talent.  We heard a great concert and it only cost us 3 Euros thrown in their instrument case.

Following dinner we walked through parts of town and headed back to pack our bags.  We head to Venice on the train tomorrow morning.  On the walk back, we noticed a bunch of people high upon some church’s steps.  WeScreen Shot 2016-05-16 at 9.02.43 PM climbed to the top and found a great view of the setting sun.  As we watched it fall behind the architecture of Rome, we reflected upon three great days in this amazing city.   We are very grateful for this opportunity…..THANK YOU!

Blessings,

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