Trip Start Apr 09, 2007
Trip End Jun 14, 2007

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Our last day in Rome began with a trip to a church that was pretty close to our apartment. Inside the church was a set of stairs that went up about 2 stories. These were supposedly the stairs that Jesus walked up right before he was tried and crucified. There was about 50 people going up them, on their knees, stopping to pray in each step...Pretty amazing. After that we took the subway to the Vatican. We spent the first 3 hours there going through the Vatican museum. Its absolutely huge, and has so many different works of our art. Tons of paintings, ancient greek and roman sculptures, and a mummy from 1000 BC. After spending about 2 hours wandering around there, you go through the modern art section...where pretty much noone stops. Its hard to look at modern art and be impressed after looking at the paintings I've seen in Rome over the last couple days. Then theres the papal apartments. This is a section of rooms that are completely covered, ceiling, walls, everything with these massive paintings, some of the better ones were done by Rafael. Then of course, the last room you go through is the Sistine Chapel. Its absolutely huge, filled with people, and museum attendants constantly shooshing people. It was probably the most awe-inspiring place I've ever seen. The art that religion has inspired is unbelievable.

After the museum, we went to St Peters Basilica. The first thing we did was climb to the top of the dome for a view of Rome. You take an elevator, then have to go up about 350 steps, mostly consisting of slanted, tiny spiral staircases, then are just wide enough for one person, shoulders rubbing the walls the whole way up. The view from the top was deffinetly worth it though (Not sure if all the people who were resting, out of breath on the way up, would agree.) After that, we went inside the Basilica. The sistine chapel was the most awe-inspiring place Id been until I walked in there. It is absolutely huge. Sculptures, paintings, tombs of saints, The papal alter, which was designed by that painter Caravaggio. It was all pretty amazing. But everytime I tried to get a picture of me inside, they just wouldnt come out...Hmmm. After we finished up there it was about 7 PM, so we bought a bottle of wine and walked to this park on a hill that overlooks all of Rome. Drank the wine there, then to dinner at a little restaurant across town. The food has been sooo good everywhere we've been...I got the gnocchi there. After dinner we went to the bar that Hart and Fuzz used to hang out at when they were here. I decided to be the responsible one tonight (I know, crazy) and Brendan and I went home around 1230. We had to leave for the airport at 6 AM....Everyone else rolled in around 5 AM. Needless to say, I had a good time waking people up, but we made it to the airport and caught our flight to Copenhagen.

In Copenhagen we're staying with Fuzz, Hart's friend who met us in Rome. Turns out he lives right on one of the most famous streets in Copenhagen. Its right on the canal that runs into the center of town, which is lined with outdoor restaraunts and bars. Its been jammed packe all weekend with people. Weve seen about 15 people stop to take pictures of his building.

The first order of business was food, so we stopped at a little pizza place right by his apartment. After that everyone wanted a nap, but me and Nick decided to go walk around for a bit. We walked down the main shopping street. This was Saturday, so It was packed with people. Ive noticed that Copenhagen is very similar to Stockholm, everyone is an attractive blond...We walked around for a couple hours, went back and took a nap. After the naps were finished, we went out to dinner at a Thai place, which was excellent. After dinner, Fuzz took us bar-hoppin...Hart didnt make it. We went to about 5 bars and got sufficiently drunk. We stumbled home around 2:30.

On Sunday morning (well afternoon, we woke up around 11), Nick and I went for a run through Copenhagen, a good way to see the city. We ran by the Little Mermaid statue, which I guess is famous. It was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, who lived about 50 feet from Fuzz. Its just this little statue down by the water. You probaly wouldnt even notice it, except for the tour buses stopped right in front of it and the crowd of tourists taking pictures with it...At around 3, we took a boat tour around the canals and rivers in Copenhagen. Our tour guide gave the tour in Danish, English, and German and asked if anyone needed her to speak French...And I can barely speak English....After the tour, we decided to get a bunch of beer and sit down on the street in front of Fuzz's apartment.(Everywhere Ive been so far, you can drink wherever you want, no open container laws). Theres a bunch of street performers, and generally just a ton of people drinking down there. So that was our Sunday night.

Now its Monday, Fuzz is at work, Nick and Brendan went to Sweden for the day, Hart's walking around, and Im doing this. Tomorrow is a tour of the Carlsberg brewery...

I added a bunch of pictures to the older entries, Ill try to do some more before I leave Copenhagen...
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