Vatican and the Last Supper

Trip Start Oct 29, 2010
Trip End Nov 17, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Last day in Rome, off to the Vatican City...woke up late (8:30) and had an awesome sleep – love you little blue pills (no, not Viagra). Headed up for breaky and then grabbed a bus right across the street after trying to find tickets. These little buses sat 10 and could hold 22 standing (not sure how though). Had fun times trying to find the Vatican, but only took a couple wrong turns and an extra 5 min's before we found it!

Went through the museum, the catacombs and then up to the top of the cathedral. Only 320 stairs to climb for this one – woohoo – piece of cake. Well the stairs were tiny in size and as we approached the top, they got more narrow and steeper. We made it…Sherry & I even hoofed it past a bunch of folks at the end, all this walking is paying off. The view from atop was just amazing. Got lots of pic’s. As we proceeded to the bottom we toured around and the paintings on the ceilings, all the carvings, etc. Were really breathtaking.

We pit stopped before heading to the Sistine Chapel,  grabbing a bite to eat and a beverage. Also took a load off of our feat – what a good feeling. A couple of older gentlemen stopped to chat with us briefly, who must have worked with the pope’s office based on comments he made. Very nice men.  

The Sistine Chapel was essentially more museum, paintings, works of art and carvings. The paintings in here were pretty incredible. Took tons of photo’s. There was so much to see it was almost overwhelming. The artists that adorned the walls and ceilings were very talented. Enjoyed so much beautiful work throughout the entire (what seemed to be a very, very large building(s).

We managed to find our way back to where we started without any incorrect turns! Took a bus for the ride home and let me tell you these guys know how to drive. We were the only ones on the bus for the first couple stops. As we crossed the bridge there was a huge traffic jam with vehicles stopped in the middle of the intersection. As the light turned the bus driver proceeded, but another car tried to get in front of him – heheheh, well we didn’t understand a word he said by Fully understood the body language. I actually did recognize the odd swear word. We all had a little chuckle, knowing we were safe in the back of the bus.

This driver went through these streets (pedestrian lanes is a much more accurate description ) like there was no tomorrow, or he was very behind schedule. He was missing parked cars by mere centimeters, not inches. One of the ladies than came on the bus gave a little criss cross on the chest cause he was moving! People were getting out of the way just in time. We recognized our corner and the bus kept going so we thought oh oh…. We actually ended getting off one stop too short, but enjoyed the mere 5 minute walk back to the hotel, only to see our bus across the street so he must have hit a round about.

Got back, got settled and then decided to go and pickup my new jacket (haven’t bought Anything for myself in a long, long time). Our lovely Italian lady was just hilarious and very, very friendly. We then started to navigate our way to the restaurant for our final dinner in Rome! It was raining out but we lucked out for most of the trip with no rain, or rain while we were inside. Located the place about 15 minutes from our hotel and it wasn’t opened yet (20 minutes early). Waited on the main corner and saw Grace & Chris approaching, so we chatted with them, then headed for dinner at 7:30. Tina, TL, Marty and the girls were already there waiting for the doors to open, or stop chain to be released.

Once the guy saw us huddling outside, he opened her up and pointed us to our table. Everyone settled in and ordered beverages. Looks like a nice place. The menu had some interesting options on it. Cow brains being one that had me lifting the eyebrows. Everybody got their meals, except me so I asked about it and he had it there in less than 5 min’s. Wasn’t worth the taste, so this was the Only meal I didn’t like in Italy – too bad it was the last night – but that’s life! This was a 3 $ rated restaurant and pricey (it was nice though). The waiter even tried to overcharge us by 100Euro’s. Chris and I did the math in our heads and always came out 100 less. We didn’t leave a tip and today I shall write a review about this place online (while I’m safe back in Canada) J.

After dinner it was gelato time! The would be our last one. Sherry bought a large for me and asked if she could have one scoop – my reply was em, this is my dinner, can I give you cash for your own. Oh man, did I pig out! BUT, didn’t have room to finish off the girls leftover. Headed back to the hotel after the nummy gelato and gave the little ones hugs and wished the big ones safe travels. Walk home was up hill, but it was nice. Nobody slept very well that night cause we were scheduled to get up at 3:30am. Ironically we were awake by 3:20 and had packed the night before so getting everything together was a breeze.
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