St. Peters Basillica and the Pope

Trip Start Mar 30, 2011
Trip End Jun 16, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Sunday, May 15, 2011

I awoke on Sunday, the lords day once again early, 7:30 AM this time.

I grabbed another cappachino and a chocolata and crema pastry for 2.5 euro.  After this I hopedon the subway and headed srait to the Vatican. I arrived around 8:30 and went strait for the St Peter Sqaure.  The plan was to see the cathedral, see the Pope then head to the Vatican Meusum. 

The line for the St Peter Cathedral was fairly long, however, by the time I got out it literally wrapped all the way around the square. (see video)

I snapped some great shots of various parts of the sqaure and then hopped in line.  The line to get inside the Basillica went fairly fast, even though they had metal detectors and x-ray screeners.  The Swiss Guard are stationed at specific spots and only a few are in the ceremonial outfits, the rest look like normal police officers. 

The square was a lot bigger than I imagine and I couldn't stop thinking about th Angels and Demons movie for some reason.  Once I go into the Cathedral it was simply awe inspiring. 

The distance I could hear a chior singing hymns for a select mass that echoed throughout the vast walls of the Basillica. All along the rooftops and domes were magnificent paintings of great detail.  The statues of previous popes, Jesus, Mary and many others lines the walls and every nook and cranny you could find. 

I saw the former Pope John Paul II tomb and body (see pictures) which drew the majority of the tourist.  The aura of the grandjeur of the Cathedral, the idea that I was inside the head of the Catholic Church, and the sheer beauty of everything had drew all the words from my mouth. I can try and describe it, even show you pictures, but this is one place you have to actually expereince to competely appreciate how marvelous it is.  The aura within, the lighting, the sounds of the chior, the statues, even with all the tourist it is still something beyond this world.  This is definetly one of the best Grand Monuments I have seen, right along with the Forbidden City, Mt Huanghsan, and the Grand Palace. 

After this I headed out and grabbed som Gelato, buoght a tshirt and a Rosarie of all things and headed to the Vatican Meusum.  I arrived to findit closed. I had mistakenly read it was open on Sunday. Its only open on the LAST sunday of the month. DAMN!  I will extend my stay in Rome another half day because I am not leaving this city without seeing this Meuseum.  Pisa just got cut from the Itinerary. Tomorrow I will visit the Meusum in the morning and hop on the train to Venice in the afternoon.

I headed back to St Peters Square and waited for an hour for the Pope to appear. To my surprise he did not preach from the Basillica, but rather from a window on the side. I manage to get a good space up close and despitemy 4x zoom, the picture barely got him. I also took some video of him as well.  He spoke in Itallian for most of the time, a little english, german, and spanish as well. There were a lot of Spanish speakers in the crowd because they all cheered. 

Seeing the pope pretty cool, tough I wish he would have been closer.  After this I went and grabbed a lunch set. Pizza, salad, beer, gilati for 10 euro. Again, not impressed. Either I suck at picking restraunts or you have to pay a lot of money for some decent italian food in italy.  Hopefully it is the latter. I have a restraunt the Ohio girl who has lived here for 4 months suggested that I will go to tonight.

After this I wondered ove to Saint Angelo Castle only to findit cost 7 euro to go in. On top of that it started to rain and every other minute some indian guy was offering to sell me an umbrella, it was quite annoying.  I manage to get to the subway and headed to the post office.  It was also closed, but I knew this. I will come back in the morning to pickup my rail pass, which has to be signed for. Hopefully nothing gets messed up and its a quick, easy process. 

I went back to the hostel aruond 3pm and met a  Thai Chinese girl who just graduated. She is chinese but lived in Thailand her whole life.  We went to the internet cafe, then Pio (her name) headed out to explore the city. We are going tograb dinner and head over to the Colosseum to get some good night photos tongiht. After that I will hopefully get my rail pass, the Vatican Meusum and the traint o Venice allsorted out with little difficutly.

Vital Signs
Number of Total times mistaken for Itallian: 5
Awesomeness Fatr: 8 of 10

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Harley Davee on

Is the Swiss guard skate boarding? It looks like it.

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