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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City November 6th 2008

Passport Canada e-mailed me and said that my passport was ready to pick up. So we caught the train from Florence into the train station in Rome (Termini). We decided to try a different hostel and were recommended the Yellow Hostel which was a lot cheaper than the Pop Inn we stayed in last time. The night we got in we toured around the ancient part of Rome armed with our camera this time. The Coliseum was tricky to get good photos of at night. There were a few genious venders there selling tripods. But (partly due to our cheapness again) we avoided the vendors by using some 2000 year old ruins as a tripod. Hey, it worked! On our way back to the hostel we saw a bit of a crowd gathering around some giant ... read more
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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City September 15th 2008

Next on the agenda was Vatican City. The tour we did through the Colosseum and the Forum also did tours of the Vatican and as we enjoyed that sooo much we thought we'd jump on board. Especially as they told us we'd jump the queue, we'll we were to find out that that depended on what you mean by jump. We arrived at the meeting point and went to sign in and pay at the office. Then a guy took us to meet our guide. We waited across from the queuing masses and he seemed a bit lost, constantly looking for someone and talking on the phone. We then found out what he was doing. Our tour guide had lined up and was 'holding a spot for us'. So as you can imagine the people behind ... read more
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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 31st 2008

Vatican City is a very small country in the world ! At this little country live a papa Benedykt XVI . In my opinion Vatican is vary preety, and historical . " Vaticano è una figura della mitologia romana, è lo spirito nume che apre la bocca al neonato, permettendogli di emettere il primo vagito. " ... read more
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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 28th 2008

hey mates, we spent our last day in switz :( with cheese and as of our return from interlaken we went to the blue balls music festival in luzern. it was really crowded with people, not so much music, but very popular with the locals. i talked a street vendor down from 80 franks to 30 franks for a wooden mask but then decided i didnt have anywhere to pack it so i opted not to get it. cheese made us a great dinner our last night there consisting of pork spare ribs, macaroni salad, and 2 types of sausage. it was the best!!!! cheese and his parents really took care of us over there it was a shame to leave. the next morning we caught a 1st class train ride from luzern to rome with ... read more
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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 19th 2008

The Vatican City, known as the Holy See is a sovereign city-state that came into existence in 1929. It is ruled by the Pope and is the central authority of the Roman Catholic Church. The city itself is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. Approximately 110 acres and with a population of around 800, it is the smallest independent state in the world. The Pope has absolute monarchy over the Vatican; meaning, he has total legislative, executive and judicial power. Every Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI gives his weekly service in Saint Peter’s Square around 9.30 am. I knew this and wanted to go, as it was a Wednesday. But again, I want to do “everything”, while Rajesh doesn’t. He didn’t want to be mobbed just for a glimpse of the Pope from far away ... read more
Inside Vatican city
St. Peter's square
Handsome Swiss guards dressed in Michelangelo's fashion design

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City June 24th 2008

Heyyyyyyyyyyyy Everyone... Well I crossed over two countries today... Rome and Vatican City... Did yous all know Vatican City was a whole other country... HAHA I didnt until Rowdy (our tour manager) told us... Cool hey... We only had to line up for like 10 minutes for the Vatican too... Which was the best ever Rowdy said... OMG the Vatican is AMAZING... I seen Pope John Paul the 2nd in his coffin... Pretty cool but pretty gross... I bought some beautiful Rosemary beads... Ummmmm everything was soooooooooooo cool... LOVED IT... We also went to the Spanish steps which were unreal and this church that had all monks bones decorated on the walls and roof and everything... Quite freaky coz they had full skeletons aswell... GROSS... Ummmmm we went to the Collosium yesterday... now that is MASSIVE... ... read more

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City June 23rd 2008

Vatican. Our first morning in Rome started with an exciting trip on the Rome subway, far far better, though not as extensive, as the London one (and Joe, I can use it, on my own!! (there are only two lines though, so its pretty easy to do but....)) and it has air conditioning! Magic. We got off the tube at the Vatican and wandered towards St Peter's Cathederal. Being English and seeing a queue I felt it was my duty to join this queue (never mind the minor issue that I had no idea what I was queuing for....) much to the hilarity of Cat and Lucy, who thought I was just stupid, and wouldn't believe that queuing is an English tradition. We got into the Vatican area and saw the queue for St Pete's getting ... read more

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City June 15th 2008

Today was the big day when I finally got to go to Vatican City! Not only because its another country to add to my list, but even this small place has so many ‘must see’ things on the To Do List. And besides any place called the Holy See must be worth a look, right? My first sight was two Swiss Guards standing at one of the entrances.. and I just burst out laughing! I knew they had their own special uniform - but to me they looked like jesters! However, after walking into the magnificent Saint Peter’s Square, and the atmosphere that comes with it, everything seemed to fit, including the Swiss Guards. Saint Peter’s Basilica is amazing in its own right, even with out the grand Piazza entrance. The Basilica is simply huge inside ... read more
St Peter's Cathedral
The Swiss Guards
St Peter's Basilica

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City May 23rd 2008

I watched a Bruce Willis movie, “The Last Boyscout,” in Italian last night. I didn’t know Bruce could speak Italian ;) Good stuff. I also endured the worst shower and internet hassle (trying to reserve the Florence hostel) ever—avoid Globetrotter Gulliver’s house in Rome if you have the chance… my experience was by no means the worst I saw at that place. Anyways: I write this entry on the train from Rome to Florence at 9pm after a full day of walking in the Vatican city. My heels are bruised and burning. I may take a break tomorrow instead of hitting Pisa, we’ll see what my feet think in the morning  The Vatican is, without a doubt, the most densely packed collection of masterworks in the world. They estimate that if someone were to spend ... read more
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