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Europe » Vatican City May 27th 2015

At least, it's the final FULL day in those places. I'll be flying to Orlando tomorrow afternoon, via Oslo. But this morning I spent in St. Peter's Square for a "general audience" with the Pope, and that was a pretty decent way to cap off this Eurotrip. Eno left on Tuesday morning - early. So that made my day a little more subdued than otherwise. I mean, we did travel around Italy for 10 days together, so now I'm just passing my time, really. There isn't any other sight (tourist or else) that has attracted my interest, so I've just been sitting back and soaking in the atmosphere. It's been more enjoyable for me than I would've thought, but then I have been running ragged for the past couple of weeks. After Eno left, I spent ... read more
Those columns are kinda big
The sculpture on all the banners advertising the exhibit
My favorite sculpture

Europe » Vatican City May 25th 2015

Okay - I've been walking back and forth between Rome and the Vatican for a few days now, and since we spent the majority of today in this tiny nation, I'll give an account of all our interactions there. I'll also give you the parts from Rome that happened today, too. They have a post office set up in a trailer in the middle of St. Peter's Square, which is quite convenient for those who want to get Vatican stamps or postcards, or who want to post their cards in the Vatican post box. When we walked through the square on Saturday night, it was already closed. But when we went to the Pentecost service on Sunday morning, they were open for business at least by 10:30. I couldn't believe it - I mean, NOBODY has ... read more
Cortile della Pigna inside the Vatican
Statue of Antinous in the round room
The long Map Room

Europe » Vatican City April 30th 2015

Thursday 30 April: Yes, Asterix you may well have been right. To be fair though, most of the madness we witnessed today can be put down to non-Romans. After an excellent night’s sleep we caught a train into the city and then connected to the Metro line to go to the world’s tiniest country: Vatican City. If we thought the Dubai and London Metros were nuts we hadn’t seen anything yet. When we arrived, we soon established that the queues were ridiculously long. We hadn’t managed to get tickets online beforehand so decided that, with a 3 year old in tow, we would opt for convenience. We found an official tour who would allow us to skip the lines to get into the Vatican Museum and Galleries, the Sistine Chapel, and then St Peter’s Basilica as ... read more
There is no wrong place or time for a lollipop.
Fountain in the Square.
In St Peter's Square.

Europe » Vatican City April 22nd 2015

Back in January we contacted the Bishop's Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican and were able to secure tickets to a Papal Audience with Pope Francis. We would like to give a big shout out to the Bishop's Office generally, and to Father Matt in particular. When we picked up our tickets for the audience, Father Matt, a 25 year old seminarian from Florida, instructed us to "get near the wooden crowd control barriers if you want to get up close to the Pope." We followed his advice to great success ... as you can see from the photos. Our audience with the Pope was an amazing experience, but as often happens, the journey was as much fun as the audience itself. First, as it turns out, a Papal Audience is not an intimate little ... read more
Invitation
Swiss Guard
Date Tonight?

Europe » Vatican City April 27th 2014

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…the moment of truth. Before we left Father John gave us the priestly blessing of safe travel. We arrived and tried to get some recon at 5pm. The mass began at 10am Sunday. We determined they would close the square and got a good camping spot on Via del Conciliazione, which I kept confusing with colazione the Italian word for breakfast, after talking to three guards with three different stories. It started to rain as set up our camp and within a half an hour the police showed up and decided to shut down the street as well. They herded people who were already camping there before us out and they were not happy about it. Many traveled very far to get an opportunity to see the Pope canonized not one but two influential popes in ... read more
A Blurry Shot of the Crowd
Syzmon and I

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City June 13th 2013

Today we get a tour of Vatican City. It would only be a partial day because we were leaving for Venice at 11:30AM. After breakfast we preloaded all of our luggage into the bus and Mike and Kate drove us to Cipro station where we would meet the bus after the tour. Mike the great driver he is put us directly/illegally in front of Cipro and we all piled out. A few of us were going shopping but most of us opted for the tour. Kate led us to where we would meet our tour guide and handed us off. The tour guide handed out radio boxes with headphones so we could all hear him speak. He took us up a flight of stairs and we could see the walls of the Vatican. We got there ... read more
Pope's old transportation
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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City November 8th 2012

Where do I begin.... After an amazing nights sleep I was advised on all the best places to go by the people at the hotel...which included lovely Georgio. I went to the cafe around the corner for breakfast...I normally don't drink coffee but when in Rome....so I just blerted out 'cappuccino per favore'. Arh shit. I hate coffee. But apparently not Italian coffee! It gorgeous. I noted that most people ordered expresso and necked it at the bar. Then Georgio came in...and bought me my breakfast!!! No one has ever done that and I've had a stupid smile on my face since. I got the metro to the Vatican - oh my days it is beyond beautiful. I started at St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square which is by far the most impressive landmark I ... read more
Stunning!
birds
pantheon

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City September 19th 2012

Rome... it was so good. Arrived at the train statio, walked about 5 minutes to my hostel, checked in, then walked around the area i was in for a while. after, i met two brothers from hong kong, and and english fellow. We hung out that night after eating free pasta. We went to a the colloseum and a few nearby places and saw the city by night. we got gilato which is so much better than american icecream. The next day I went to the the Colloseum and the surounding area again but got to in the places, I ran into Justin and Cameron, which were to ausies I ran into in Monaco at a restraunt, and then again when i was leaving Monaco, so the third time I gave them my name so they ... read more

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City June 25th 2012

Rome 2 with Anna My last day in Rome, and my last day with Anna began with a delicious breakie and a quick trip into town to drop Anna's bag off at her new hostel. We had booked ourselves onto a Vatican tour at 10am and it started at the bridge of angels. There was so much amazing history, I wont go into too much detail as a lot of it wasn't absorbed. There were a few art works that really amazed me. One is done by Michelangelo called the Pieta and is a statue of a young Madonna holding a deceased Jesus. For a few reasons this doesn't make sense. One, she is not young when Jesus died, two she is far too large (8 foot if she stood up) and three the way she ... read more
Girls, just want to have fu-un!
Vatican

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City May 24th 2012

These days are starting to all blur together. It was strange how dead the bar was last night but I guess the locals don't party too hard on a Wednesday. I talked to mom yesterday for the first time in a while. Gave her a massive Internet hug. love ya mom. I will never take for granted how there are no gypsys in Canada. Literally everywhere. All selling the same shit. Like, no I don't want your cheap ass Louis Vuitton purse and stop calling me playboy! Remember I said I did laundry at 2 in the morning the other night? Well I had a bit of a scare. I didn't grab my clothes because this girl from our tour said she would hold onto them for me. Well it turns out she only had my ... read more




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