I Found God
Vatican City Travel Blog› entry 4 of 4 › view all entries
I woke up and had some breakfast and was determined not to be too downbeat from the previous night. I was off to see Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel, something I've always planned on seeing, and that was making me very cheerful.
My plan was for an early start as everything I'd read suggested the queues for the Vatican Museum and St Peter's Basilica would be gigantic. This didn't go totally according to plan thanks to the snooze option on my alarm, but I was up an about for a decent time. I was confused when I got to Vatican City, I couldn't see any queuing anywhere and I was worried it my be closed. Luckily for me, there was no queue to wait in and I was straight into the museum.
My final stop on the route was in the Sistine Chapel. Now I'm neither an atheist, nor a strongly religious believer, but let me tell you this, I was utterly blown away by this room. I stayed here for the best part of an hour to look at all the pictures of biblical stories and the works by Michaelangelo. You'll see pictures of the Bapism of Christ, the Crossing of the Red Sea, the Last Supper and so many more. Of course, most famously, you'll look up at the front of the Chapel and see The Last Judgement. This is the finest, most significant artwork I have ever seen and ever likely to see. I can't recommend a visit to the museum more than enough - it is a MUST see place.
After the inspiring time in the museum, I still had plenty of time to see St Peter's Square and St Peter's Basilica.
Once I entered the Basilica, I again took my time and strolled around peacefully and patiently so I could take in where I was and all that was around me. It's such a pretty building with a beautiful interior. I really, really enjoyed this visit.
It must have been getting on for 5pm when i finally left. It was Steph's birthday on this day, and we had agreed to meet up for a nice meal and a few drinks, so I made my way back to the hostel.
The hostel bar was friendly and had lots of backpackers to mix with. I found a games room, so we all went downstairs to play some fuse ball. It didn't take long before we had the random factor included in. It was all pretty good fun until we spotted the "Chuck Norris Roundhouse Kick to the Face" cocktail. We thought, well, when in Rome.
We had to up early again the next morning to catch the flight home. It was a pain, but it was such a lovely weekend, I was happy to quietly reminisce in a dozey state of mind.
This was my second TB travel and a first international TB travel, so I have several people to thank for that, but none more so than Wayne. Cheers buddy, and cheers to TB. When I first joined, it wasn't to find people to travel with, it was to find information about my future plans. That's all changed now, and that change is certainly for the better - I am extremely grateful for these opportunities, and all future opportunites that have (and continue) to come my way :D