Our Father!

Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
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Trip End Oct 29, 2008


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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Saturday, October 4, 2008

Yesterday, Lucy and I toured the Vatican visiting St. Peter's Cathedral and climbed 730 steps to the top of it.  The dome, designed by Michaelangelo was magnificent and after staring at it for half an hour, I still did not see all the detail.  I never touched St. Peter's feet because there was a long long, but it was neat seeing everyone else do so.  Next, we saw the caskets with the remains of all the popes and near the site of the last pope, John Paul, many people were crying.  I never realized how important he is to so many people.  It was really beautiful to see the passion and unbreakable belief of the people there.  There were nuns and priests from all over the world there, all dressed in different colours. 

Next, we went to the Vatican museum and saw many beautiful statues, some with missing pieces I might add, and works of art from Michaelangelo, Giovanni, Divinichi, and others.  The ceilings and decor all over the Vatican were all finished with gold and gigantic pillars.  It was a display of riches beyond anything I could ever believe.  We spend 2 hours at the Vatican, but one could have spend days just to learn of all the stories and history.  The Sistine chapel is a work of art itself and was the most beautiful piece of art I have seen so far.  Hard to believe it exists in reality.

Although the Vatican was beautiful and it was very important for me to see, I was really disappointed in two things.  Out of all the places I have visited, I have never been pushed and shoved so much as in the Vatican.  People were taking pictures everyone, even though they were instructed that some places were sacred and photography and talking was not permitted, such as the catacombs of the popes.  People would push and shove and take pictures, and then go and pray by the site of a beloved pope as if religion was their life.  It was really against the teaching of the church, and was really disappointing to see.  Another thing was although I appreciated the beauty of the Vatican, I could not believe how it was a display of riches, and how these riches should have been used to help the poor and believers, rather than a display of power for the Catholic church.  However, the nuns at the Vatican were very lovely and always pleasant.

Today,  Lucy and I went to see some final sights that we missed, but it was raining heavily when we were out so we had to take refuge in a cafe for a while.  We did get to see the Forum and Pantheon and a few statues.  Rome is actually really easy to navigate and everything is near and within walking distance.  The sky was really dark, but contrasted with the bright white colour of the historical sights we visited.

Love you, Miss you!

Mallory
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