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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City February 10th 2010

Wednesday 10.2.210 day 119 We got the bus and train in to Rome today with a Swiss and American couple today we walked to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon we then walked to the Vatican and had a look inside St Peters we walked past the Spanish steps and then had lunch then we got the buss back to the train station and got the train then bus back home. It was a big day and we saw so much and made some new friends. ... read more
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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City February 9th 2010

Welcome to the Vatican, officially the smallest country in the world (109 acres) and the seat of the Catholic Church. After our Italian breakfast (an oxymoron), we boarded a coach for the Vatican. Upon arrival, we were ushered past the long line of tourists right into the security line. Entering the Vatican is similar to boarding a plane in the United States security-wise. After 10 minutes, we were all given headsets so we could listen to our guide while we walked through the Vatican Museums together. The Vatican Museums were established in 1506, contain the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, and is currently valued somewhere around priceless. The Vatican Palaces together, real estate alone, is valued around $1.21 billion (109 acres). The Raphael Rooms, a series of apartments painted floor to ceiling with Raphael's designs, are ... read more
Vatican City from St. Peters Cupola
Vatican City from St. Peters Cupola
Vatican City from St. Peters Cupola

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City January 5th 2010

The end of Brennan Brennan is no more. Now there is only Bernardo. Bernardo is the Italian name I was given by my host Maurizio, who warmly opened his door to me when my Vespa was broken and I had nowhere to turn. “God really wanted me to see The Vatican,” I wrote in my journal on my last night in Rome. I said this because all of my worrying about the condition of my Vespa turned into a minor nuisance and an extra day to enjoy Rome/Vatican City. I was freaked out driving to Rome. I was leaking both oil and gas… badly. There was a big mess under my bike when I left Siena in the morning. I had to stop for fuel four times in about 250 kilometers. When I did get to ... read more
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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City December 25th 2009

Hi everyone, Merry Christmas!! Just back from our Christmas lunch in Le Bistro onboard - was fantastic - Chateaubriand for lunch.. plus. a bottle of wine so spelling may not be quite right... Okay a couple of days ago we visited Rome for the day so did a tour in a coach into Rome... not quite sure the value of this as we did most of our touring on our own - but passed the colisseum and a few other old -very old ruins etc then went on our own to the Sistine Chapel - which has been modernised since I last saw it 10 years ago and St Peter's Basilica and saw the fantastic Nativity Scene - if you're going to see it anywhere in the world then this is THE place to see it ... read more
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Vatican Nativity Scene

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City October 19th 2009

Monday 19th October A day at the home of the Pope - The Vatican After yesterday’s close encounter with the Cardinal at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore we were ready to see what might happen when we spend a day at the Vatican looking over the RC church’s riches. The day has started out beautifully fine and sunny but rather cool and so we shall go prepared for the temperature to reach perhaps a high in the mid teens.Rain is forecast for where we are heading to the north for later in the week but we shall make good of the continuing dry weather while we can. We are expecting to have to queue for perhaps up to two hours to gain entrance to the Vatican museums and so we didn’t think that trying to ... read more
The first Pope mobile??
The gold Pope carriage
Oh the tapestries

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City August 12th 2009

But Maybe Not Quite As Much As This Place So I mentioned that I was heading to a city that’s a country within a city today. It also happens to be the smallest country in the world at just one square kilometre and was given it’s independence from Rome in the 15th Century (I think???). It has it’s own postal service, currency, newspaper and radio station and has a unique army of Swiss Guards to protect it’s leader. If you need more than one guess as to where I am you should be shot right now!!!! Vatican City is an impressive area to say the least. Surrounded by high stone walls (God knows why they had to build them when they’re in the middle of Rome… sorry for the pun), from the outside it looks more ... read more
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Last Judgement

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 27th 2009

After visiting the Vatican museum, we proceeded to visit St. Peter's Basilica, the mother of all churches. St. Peter's Basilica is undoubtedly the greatest Catholic Church on earth, both in size and in significance. It was said the Church built on the site where St. Peter was martyred by the Romans, crucified head down. The church altar contains the bones of St. Peter (so goes the Christian legend). The Church symbolizes the power and legitimacy of the papacy and through which, Popes throughout the centuries wielded hard and soft powers over the temporal and "spiritual" realms. According to the Catholics, the power of St. Peter is derived from Jesus's own words: "And I say to thee: That thou art Peter , and upon this rock I will build my church , and the gates of hell ... read more
In front of St. Peter's Basilica
Stories of Martyrs on the bronze gate
St. Peter's Square

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 27th 2009

Disclaimer: The following blog contains discussion of religious and philosophical nature. Viewer's discretion is advised. We all know the saying that Rome was not built in a single day. However, the Christian Church was not built in a single day either. Many martyrs and saints (in the Christian frame of reference) died a horrible death and shed their blood to spread and enhance the faith through the centuries. Therefore it was with a mind of reverence I came to Vatican, where in the legend the first Pope, St. Peter once stood and died for Christ. I came with a mind of reverence, not only because Vatican is the holiest place for the Catholics (I am not a Catholic, however, I was brought up in an Anglican high school. I am self-styled man of faith, not necessarily ... read more
Corridor to the Sistine Chapel
Corridor to the Sistine Chape
Ceiling artwork before Sistine Chapel

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 19th 2009

Bon pour nos deux derniere journee a rome...nous avons ete visite le chateau st angelo puis le vatican. Le vatican c est gros gros gros mais j ai ete tres dessus. Point positif on s est paye une visite prive avec un guide. La chapel sistine est over protected et pas extraordinaire si vous voulez mon avis. Content de ne pas avoir attendu 3h pour cela. La basillique est tres belle parcontre super grande. Pour ce qui est du mussee il est bien. Pour la soiree on est aller manger avec bcp de gens de l auberge (client et employer) dans un grand restaurant. Ensuite nous sommes aller boire quelque verres dans different endroit. c etait tres bien. Surprennant le nombre de Irish pub ici...yen a partout. Nick ps depart dans 1h pour rome.... read more
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