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Day 10

Vatican City & Rome

semi-overcast 30 °C
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We got up for an early start because we wanted to head into Vatican City before the public crowd overwhelms the place. Our local tour guide was a very cheerful lady who used to be a teacher. She said changing her career to a tourist guide was great cos she still gets to teach but there’s no more homework to mark. She was excited and bouncing almost like a girl before we entered into the smallest country.
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She was great telling us all about Michael Angelo and the past popes’ work in Vatican City. The art and sculptures were truly amazing although I’m not sure if I’m a big fan of seeing lots of kids with wings portrait as “angles”... somehow that’s not how I pictured them and it felt weird. Anyway, it was undeniably interesting to see the evolution of past transport system for the Pope. The guide also pointed out a very cool painting of the garden of Eden, the perspective changes based on the angle of your viewing which was very fascinating.
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As requested by Julie, I walked around Rome to find a Pandora shop to get her a present. The shop wasn’t far from Vatican City but once we left Pandora store it was hard to navigate ourselves back to hotel via public transport. At the end we decided to walk back... and it took us over 40mins. We were so tired that we just rested on the bed and watched Sherlock Holmes on Netflix.

By 2:30 p.m. however, we went out for a walking tour of Rome and we missed out the night before. Phil wasn’t keen on any more walking but he was being a gentleman and joined me and the others at the end.
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We walked through the major tourist sights including the Spanish steps, Pantheons and of course the Colosseum as our final stop. By then it had started to rain again which was just the right timing to head back to our hotel. Once we were back we had a nice shower then dinner just at the hotel restaurant. Italian cruisine usually has entree (salad or some sort), first dish (pasta), main (meat) then dessert. I thought I’d skip the entree and just get the main - Salmon; thinking it would give me just my fish with possibly something on the side but it just came with a small piece of salmon on the plate...no side salad or potatoes nothing. Lol so I ended up stealing some chips from Phil’s main (hamburger with chips).
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We again skipped the drinking part where most of our group seemed to do after dinner and headed to bed early. Too much walking.

Posted by Szufan 07:11 Archived in Italy Tagged rome vatican_city

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