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Long Review of Reflection October 1-12, 2018 Western Mediterranean Cruise

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Vatican Museum continued... 

 

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Marble archways! 

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This stone was Red Porphyry

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Such detail on the flooring with mosaics

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There was a wonderful exhibit on mummies. 

 

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How could they possibly preserve something for so long?  Amazing!

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Apparently the inside of the mummy's tomb held this kind of detail maybe of their life or maybe they felt they needed something to read in the after life.

 

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Then on to a huge hall of tapestries.  Jesus eyes seemed to follow you as you walked by.

 

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Amazing ceiling of the map room.

 

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The crowd got to me after awhile!

 

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Vatican continued....We followed the masses and wound our way around heading toward the Sistine Chapel.

 

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We went into the Sistine Chapel, body to body and shoulder to shoulder with our fellow tourists.  It seemed it would be impossible to narrow down to the actual door we went in but somehow we all funneled through.  It had a no picture taking sign inside the Sistine Chapel, but I know there are many photos online.  I obeyed the sign.

It was a very closed in feeling with all those people and really hard to look up to see that ceiling.  The windows were way at the top of the walls and that felt even more closed in.  I would have loved to see this place with only a few people but with so many it really made me want to get out of there fast, and I have no issue with claustrophobia. We were somewhat propelled through with the masses.  It was amazingly beautiful! 

We took a door and I did not realize there was another way which took you to St. Peter's Basilica so missed our plan to go back there.  We instead ended up in the museum of artifacts through the years of the Catholic faith.

 

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We stepped outside to get some fresh air. 

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This was a lovely court yard below.

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The cafeteria is off this area and I used the bathroom here before leaving the museums.

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The exit area was down this amazing stair case. 

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Looking up...

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Once outside we felt so sorry for all those standing in that line!  It winds to the corner of the wall and for a long ways

after turning that corner.

 

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We made our way back the same way we came so as not to get lost and we rode the Metro back to Termini station.

We spent some time packing up and nothing ever seems to fit like when you start a trip. 

Later that evening we went to a Vegan restaurant I had found in my research for our last Italian meal!

This is the menu.

 

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I enjoyed bruschetta and mushroom pasta.  YUM!

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My husband had the vegan lasagna.  They gave us a limoncello after drink.  I don't like

that drink usually, but theirs was excellent!

 

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We walked back hand in hand enjoying our last minutes of this beautiful city. 

 

All too soon we were up the next day and waiting for our transport to the airport.  I thought about

taking the train, but I am so glad I went with Habi Cabs private transport for 45E total to the airport.  They were

on time and it went perfectly.  We still had our sad faces as we left.

 

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We fell in love with Europe and already have a trip planned next September hooking on with

our dear friends who booked Jewel of the Seas, Royal Caribbean, for September 15, 2019.

This time we will spend four days in Florence maybe going up to Venice and then the cruise of 9 days

seeing the Greek Isles!  Can anything really be as wonderful as this trip?  We will find out!!! 

 

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