Today was Vatican day! We started out by taking cold showers. The place we are staying doesn’t have someone here 24/7. The family can be called if you need them but they come and fix breakfast and clean up your room and then they are not around. We didn’t call because we knew they would be coming for breakfast so we just showered and then when she got here told her about the water. She said sometimes a breaker gets blown when they have rainy weather like it has been. So tomorrow we will have hot water. We had a good breakfast of a cinnamon croissant, hot tea, cappuccino and fruit juice. I had blood orange juice and it was very yummy!
After breakfast we hurried over to the Vatican for our audience with the Pope. We found the Bronze door where we were to pick up our passes by asking the Vatican Gendarme. Only one could go up and pick them up so I waited while Glenn went and got them. He said there was much pomp and formality to just picking up the passes. After he came back we went and found seats in Sat. Peter’s Square. There were lots of seats but they filled up. We people watched while waiting for the Pope. It was fun as there were some very interesting people! A little before 10:00 the Pope came out in his Popemobile and came around the crowds. We were close but not right up where he came. Glenn still got some awesome pictures. The thing about this Pope is he just looks so friendly and genuine. He smiled the whole time. When he finally made his way up to the front everyone sat down, we had been standing on our chairs to get a closer look. Everything that was said was said in 8 different languages. When the Pope did his talk then it was repeated 7 more times. It took about an hour for it all. He blessed everyone there and all the religious objects that were brought by people. He also blessed everyone’s family and especially anyone who was sick. A group from the Czech Republic was there and their choir sang and it was beautiful. After it was all over we walked around the square a bit and then headed to get something to eat.
We ended up in this little place near the Vatican since we had 1:00 reservations for the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel. We shared a small pepperoni pizza and a large Peroni beer. It was all good. Our waiter was funny. He commented on Glenn’s Grand Canyon shirt. When we told him we were from Oklahoma he quoted Geronimo. We talked to him briefly about Native Americans which he is very fascinated about. He said he owned several books about them.
After lunch we headed the short walk to the Vatican Museum. It was an amazing place. Statues galore and the walls and ceilings were amazing! We walked and walked both inside and outside. There was an entire section dedicated to the art of Raphael. There were some Chagall’s, huge Matisse’s, some Dali’, and others in the Modern Art section. As we entered the Sistine Chapel we were told no pictures. I know Glenn was dying to take pictures but he refrained and we just enjoyed the beauty. It is a relatively small chapel but the ceiling is very, very high so you have to really crane your neck to see the pictures. We stood directly under God and Adam for a while. It was so cool but I really wanted to get closer to the ceiling! After we left there we went through the rest of the museum and then headed out. It was nice to not be too far from our B&B and to not have anything more scheduled.
We walked back and rested and relaxed for a bit before dinner. We realized that we missed having in down time in Israel except for our day we left. It was nice to not be over scheduled! For dinner we walked to a little place close by that the girl who picked us up from the airport told us about. It was a small place but very good. I had rigatoni with sauce and a small amount of meat and Glenn had pork rolls in a tomato sauce. We also had bread and a liter of the red wine on tap. It was all very yummy but it is nice to eat and not feel completely stuffed like we were the whole time in Israel. After we ate and watched a game show on the TV there (we actually could answer a few of the questions even thought it was all in Italian) we went across the walkway and had gelato. Glenn had lemon and I had coffee. They were also very yummy! We walked back up a bunch of stairs to our B&B and planned on making it an early night again. Tomorrow we will be off early to walk to the Coliseum! I am very excited about it too.