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Vatican City Day 3 (21 May 2008)

We're off to see the Pope!


Yar, we woke up real early to go to the Vatican today. Being kiasu Singaporeans, we walked really fast and overtook a total of 38 people! Amazingly, there was not much of a queue at the Vatican and we managed to clear the security within 5 min. Quite a feat.

Once inside, the view of the plaza was astoundingly pretty! We were surrounded by a circle of the statues of saints. DSC02810.jpg Overtaking more people, we got into the St Peter’s Basilica, and we overheard that the Pope was coming out today! Like our MP meet-the-people session. So being the kiasu Singaporeans, we were of course not going to miss seeing the Pope. I mean, it’s the Pope! So we waited for 1.5hrs to see him and we finally got to see him. He was really small from where we were, like 1.5 cm. We had to use our cameras to zoom in on him. Oh, and he was really white too. DSC02953.jpg

After seeing the Pope, we had to squeeze our way out. Really SqUuEeEzZeeee. We had to jump over blockades to get out too. We got into the queue for Vatican Musuem and it started to rain. Pitter patter, pitter patter. After 20 min in the rain, we got inside and to our surprise the first exhibit that we saw was CHINESE! DSC02995.jpg Thought we went into the wrong museum…. But we realized that they were gifts from various countries to the Pope.

We were really wanting to see the famed Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo so we followed the signs. And we followed the signs. And we followed more signs. We forgot how many times we saw the stewpid sign which said “Sistine Chapel ” Along the way we saw Raphael’s Room Number One, Room Two and the Room of the Maps. We must say that the rooms were really very impressive and pretty! But then there were still the rooms of Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Dunno What Art yadayadayada… We think it was almost one hour before we reached the chapel. And we spent a grand total of FIVE minutes in there. Seriously, we thought the Room of Maps DSC03104.jpg was more impressive. But then again we are not the most cultured people to judge huh?

Okie, on to something more important: we found the most delicious gelato that we have eaten just outside the Museum! Yum yum yum! 1.5 euros for two flavours! More yum yums! The Kinder Bueno flavour is SUPER GOOD!

Anyway, we got back to our Hostel at Alessandro’s and went to the Stationez Termini to catch our train to Florence. Ate a terrible terrible horrible hard-as-rock baguette from Mr Panino. Yucks. Please don’t buy their shares if they ever IPO. Confirm chui…

Posted by orangenutz 17:53 Archived in Vatican City

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