This morning I went to the Vatican, it was truly breathtaking! And it bought back to me one wet and gloomy Sunday afternoon when Lucy and I sat on the settee and watched the whole of The Thornbirds in one sitting, eating ice cream and stifling our sniffing at the sad bits. I felt that it was an unsuitable place to pose for photographs of a casual, devil may-care nature because of it’s holiness and sanctity, and I really didn’t want to incur any papal wrath of any kind.
But I could take pictures of some of the rooms............. talk about posh ceilings, not a smidgen of artex textured finish anywhere, this was the real deal! That Michael Angelo was some painter, Rolf Harris just doesn't compare.
I looked up at the Pope's window, but the only glimpse I got of him was when I bought a couple of postcards. I am sure that if he had seen me, he would have given me a quick blessing, offered me his ring to kiss and would then have forgiven me my sin of ….. accidentally on purpose finding myself on this erm trip!
After the very holy atmosphere of the Vatican, it was time to chill a little and throw my three coins in the Trevi Fountain. I wasn’t sure which currency I should toss, so I did a twenty pence piece, a euro and one of Nigel’s plastic play coins, that had somehow found it’s way into my wallet, so I think I covered all bases and my return to Rome is assured, hopefully next time with Monkey and Nigel.
I also took the opportunity to try some Italian ice cream, gelato ….. oh my life, I have never seen so may flavours and the queue behind me got a little humpy as I ummed and ahhed as I tried to choose, in the end I threw caution to the wind and tried melon, pistachio, chocolate and coconut, it was like I had died and gone to Heaven ….. which was quite apt as I was in one of the holiest places in the world!
Then it was on the tourist trail again …….
The Spanish Steps ………….
The Pantheon ………….
The Forum …………. et tu, brute!
And Palentine Hill. It was all very exhausting, but also very awe inspiring, which is definitely my emotion of choice at the moment. Rome is stunning, very historiccal, and everything is very, very beautiful ….
Even the litter bins are spettacolare!