Vatican....the touts, the sun, the crowds...

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July 27th 2015
Published: August 6th 2015
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Some 13 years ago, I did a boys day trip with Leslie to the Vatican. It was a beautiful and cold day in January, and Leslie was just 18 months old. So for the logistic, we kept ourselves to the Basilica as well as St Peter's Square. This time it's a little different, I'm on my own, and I truly want to see what is it about the Sistine Chapel! You are going to ask me! Is this a game about bloggi... Read Full Entry

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6th August 2015

I avoided the crowds AND the heat and by traveling there in January. I did that a few years ago and had no lines, no waiting and no touts. I actually had the Sistine Chapel to myself for about fifteen minutes. I sat and admired Michelangelo's work and was amazed at the brilliant colors. In my humble opinion traveling anywhere in Europe during the summer guarantees crowds of those pesky tourists, pick pockets and overpriced mediocre hotels. I write as 'gunga'. Next trip is to Nice and Paris in late March.
6th August 2015

Agree with you 100%
Dear Carolyn, I can only agree with you....but as many parents, it seems that lately, I'm stuck with the high season to travel too! Never had those experience in January in Rome. After the very quiet South Africa in terms of tourists, it was just an impressive shock!

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