(And other misadventures!)
09.04.2009 - 11.04.2009
Well, day 5 in Rome. :-)
On Thursday we showed up for our Vatican tour in the morning at 8am, only to find that it had left at 7:30. So... we rescheduled for the next day, and went to visit the Spanish steps instead. Here's a pic of Robyn at the Spanish steps - not very exciting except that we are fairly certain that Audrey Hepburn stood in this exact spot. (Boys roll their eyes - I know Jessy will think it's cool!)
This area is art and fashion central. The main plaza is filled with artists selling excuisite little paintings, and down any of the side streets you'll find absolutely top-of-the line fashion stores. Gucci, Prada, Dior... Anyone fancy a pair of shoes for €380? Not exaggerating! Naturally, we didn't buy anything - still it was fun!
On the way back I took this pic. What IS that? I kept expecting to see Mr Bean come hooning around the corner to plow over it...
On Friday we went to Vatican City. This is actually a country in it's own right, (the smallest in the world), with a population of about 1,000 people and it's own army. Below are a couple of pics I took inside. (Click to enlarge and view my comments).
Unfortunately we were not allowed to use our cameras inside the Sistine Chapel (the famous 15-year work of Michelangelo) - which was really the most fascinating part. A lot of funny stories around a particular painting called 'The Last Judgement', which you can probably Google. Originally Michelangelo painted all of the characters naked (arguing that no-one would need clothing on judgement day). A particular Cardinal got upset about this, and went and tattled on Michelangelo to the Pope. To spite him, Michelangelo added the Cardinal to his painting in the bottom right-hand corner (i.e. in hell). When the said Cardinal complained to the Pope again, he was told that the Pope could do nothing about the matter, as he had no jurisdiction in hell. True story. ;-) Clothing was added by another painter, years after Michelangelo's death.
Today we went for a VERY long walk (2 hours at least!) to find a market, marked on our map. And what did we find? Zilch. Very disappointing. We are sure we were in the right place, so perhaps it was just an old map... Found a pretty street, though - check this out...
I wish you all could see how beautiful it is here. One minute of internet left...
Love to all!