Day 15 - morning / early afternoon
Since we had a long ride ahead of us, we left the small town of Sorrento quite early this morning.
Under a blue and sunny sky, Ciro drove past mountains and hills where many skeleton trees and blooming ones made it obvious that spring was in the air. Nature was slowly coming back to life as men were seen plowing the fields and pasture becoming rapidly emerald green in color. We were fast approaching Rome and it could be felt at times as the traffic became heavier.
And then, four hours later we were back in Rome, the city where our tour had started a couple of weeks ago. I just couldn't believe that we were near the end of it. Sighhhh! By rapidly putting this off my mind, I cheered myself up by saying that we still had today; a day filled with activities and excitement…..and that’s all that mattered!
We were dropped off right in front of the Vatican where once passed the gigantic gates, we were given ample of time to eat since it was lunch time. Michel and I decided to eat outside on the Vatican grounds instead of the interior’s cafeteria since this latter was fully crowded. We had our small lunch with us which comprised of yogurt, croissants and fruits! I know, I know....same old stuff! Hehehe! But hey, at least it was free....gratuity of this morning's hotel breakfast!
With a local guide, we visited the Vatican’s Museums where a vast collection of ancient and Renaissance art was greatly admired. We all had these portable audio sets hanging from our necks and plugs into our ears and could wander a few feet away and still listen to what our local guide had to say. In other words, we didn’t have to be right next to her!
As we all gathered at the entrance of a building listening to the local guide, I looked around and couldn’t find Michel. Where was Michel! After several minutes looking around and him still not in sight, I soon became alarmed that he might have gotten lost or something!
By asking other people from the group if they had seen him, none of them did! Where are you Michel, I kept asking myself while searching around and distancing myself from the group!
Well, you’ll be happy to know that he was finally found, safe and sound after a good five minutes or so which in a moment like this, felt even longer! Without realizing it, he had followed another group inside the building and then when reality checked in, he just couldn’t see us around. But at least, he had the common sense of staying put and looking around for us! Ha, ha, ha!
As for me, I found him the minute I entered the building, He was standing at the top of the staircase looking for us. When calling his name, he quickly saw me and rapidly came down! This was bound to happen, the entire area being so crowded! I told him that next time, I’ll put a leash around his waist! Ha, ha, ha!
The Sistine Chapel was visited where the masterpiece of Michelangelo’s fresco greatly illustrated his artistic skills. It was quite something so see the entire chapel and its ceiling’s paintings. Even though no pictures were allowed, I did manage to take a few; seeing other people doing it, made me do the same!
To be continued…..Monique :-)