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Wednesdays at the Vatican

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The Pope and cardinals and the crowds in St Peter's square

The camp ground runs a shuttle service into the centre so we take advantage of this.  What they dont tell you is what it looks like and where exactly it departs from but eventually 20 mins after schedule, we board.  Travel with 2 Aussies who are on their second day and pass on tips as to where the queues begin and what to avoid.  Again Andrew has an itinerary and we are going to the Sistine Chapel and museum first and queue for admission tickets and security checks.  In the chapel the floor is packed with people staring at the ceiling.  Security guards constantly say 'No pictures & Shusssssh'.  It is about 11.30am when we walk into Piazza de San Pietre through more security checks where the crowds have filled the square and are listening to a cardinal speaking from the steps and being shown on two large screen on either side of him.

Vendors on bridge
  He appears to be welcoming school groups as he reads out names and whole groups of children cheer.  Then the Pope stands up and there is a mighty roar from the crowd before he addresses them!  Monks, priests, nuns and vast numbers of tourists are there in the sun for this occasion.  This is a Wednesday event and we just happened to be there on a Wednesday and at the right time too.!!!!  Divine intervention?

Our walks take us on to the Colluseum and as we are wandering past it a girl in the crowd calls out "Are you from Australia?" to which we reply "Sure are". We get an enthusiastic wave. Wonder whether it was my akubra or Andrew's base ball cap with Aussie flag on it or both that gave the game away?  We are now firmly convinced that there can't be anyone left back home because we have seen them all travelling around the world in great numbers!!  Take in the Trevi Fountain, excavations that continue in the ancient city and much much more.  At around 3.30pm I can't walk much further and we work our way back to the bus station to wait for a shuttle to collect us to return to the camp ground.

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The Pope and cardinals and the cro…
The Pope and cardinals and the cr…
Vendors on bridge
Vendors on bridge
in the Sistine Chapel
in the Sistine Chapel
Lots of fountains like this here!
Lots of fountains like this here!
Museum in the Sistine Chapel compl…
Museum in the Sistine Chapel comp…
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