this is a retransmission from our 2nd day in Rome
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From: Denis (Travel) Greening
Date: Friday, September 30, 2011
Subject: Castel Sant Angelo and the Vatican Museum
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Today we did some serious touring of Rome.
After a nice 3 cappuccino breakfast we walked over to Castel
Sant'Angelo. This is a very unique place. It was built by the emperor Hadrian to be a tomb. His ashes and those of many succeeding emperors
were stored there. It later became a military installation and later a retreat for the pope. Great architecture.
We came back to the hotel and dropped our stuff off, then walked
across the street to the Vatican museum. I had been to the museum once before, but this time we had a 3 hour guided tour. We saw part of the
museum that neither of us had seen before and our guide was very
sharp!! she knew lots of details that added to the tour.
The highlight of the tour is the Sistine chapel. Amazing frescos on
the walls and, of course, the ceiling painted by Michelangelo. The art
is amazing, but there are so many people in the place that it is
difficult to really sit quietly and enjoy it.
Upon leaving the Sistine chapel, we went into St Peters Basilica, the largest church in the world. It has so many beautiful pieces of art,
but the one I like best is Bernini's Baldachinno ("BAL da kino"). This amazing structure is as tall as a 9 story building. The area it sits
in could house the Statue of Liberty (I intend to send you a picture,
but I though about it after I started composing the message and I
cannot figure out how to add another picture to this message with the
new computer ... so it will come separately).
After a morning of walking around Rome and a 3 hour tour, we were worn
out! We had a coke and limped back to the hotel. We decided to lie
down for just a few minutes .... we got up about an hour later! ...
Then we got some dinner at a local trattoria and walked around for a
while. Aren't we full of energy!
Tomorrow we leave for the ship.
Patrick, Robb and Jack thanks for your notes.
Take care ... Denis
Denis Greening (Travel)