Relais Santa Croce
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... along the way. Once we got home, I looked at pictures and relaxed.
Later that night, we went out to the Lions Fountain, apparently a place that isn't really an Italian club, but it was fun and we had a good time. We bought Hogaarden beers and talked, the whole group of us: Meghan and I, plus Dan, Dan, Nick, Lou, Kevin, Tom, and Matt.
Used: ciao, grazie, buongiorno
Learned: questo e delizioso, frutta di bocca, per favore, era ...
... grappa or limoncello, our choice. I opted for the latter, and Karen happily chose grappa. Somehow, she ended up with another 1.5 servings, passed to her by our regular bus driver John, a large jovial Dutchman. She commented that she fears she's going to get a reputation. I suspect she already has it! By the time we got back to our room, she was noticing that her hips hurt, but she didn't care! As for me, I am just hoping that the exercise counteracts the meals! ...
... centre. Wandered around to get our bearings and went inside one church which was magnificent, but it didn't even rate a name on the map!
I also came across a little jewellery shop selling my favourite brooches by the Paris designer Lea Stein. I had to buy one! The owner of the shop said she is friends with Lea who is now 83 and still goes jogging in her Lycra!
... just like the much older ones and are owned by extended families. Their grandfathers all worked as labourers in the nearby stone quarry where even Michelangelo is said to have obtained stone, this Pietra Serena, when not using the Carrara marble. Local legend has it that he did his flight experiments from this very hillside! We were walking yet again in the path of the greats!!!!! One level lower were the veggie gardens and to the neighbouring side fruit trees including a cherry ...
... a quick history lesson about Michaelangelo and his paintings, then off through a very small section of the Vatican Museum. It was amazing, no words can describe so check out the photos. Part was outside, we went through an open corridor along to a courtyard with artworks. The last room we went through is where the cardinals stay locked in during the voting for the new pope. We then had to go down four flights of stairs to go into the Sistern Chapel. All visitors must cover ...