Monday, June 11, 2012

Vatican City

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Did you know the Vatican is it's own city? It's also the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population.

I want my own city/state.

The outside of the Vatican was exactly how I pictured it from what I've seen in pictures and movies. Beautiful and enormous.
(People were really great about asking us if we wanted our picture taken together. We also offered to take people's pictures as well. We did the whole, I'll take yours if you take mine:)

These chairs were still out from the day before. On Wednesdays, the general public can get tickets and listen to an address given by the Pope. 

The Holy Doors.

This is one of the most famous statues inside the Vatican. It's of Mary holding Jesus after he was crucified. J and I had the audio tour and listening to the story around this statue was really touching and emotional. Even though He was Jesus, at it's most simple form it's a mother holding her dying child in her arms. Even though He died so we could live, I can't imagine the pain she went through.

The Papal altar.

Engravings of past Popes to the current one.

After exploring the Vatican we walked to this restaurant which was probably our favorite restaurant of the whole trip.
Lasagna for me.

Spaghetti for J.

After lunch we walked back towards the Vatican to go the Vatican Museum. The Vatican Museum is about a 15-20 minute walk from the actual center of the Vatican and you follow the old Vatican walls. If you look closely you can see thin rectangular slots at the top of the wall. This is where guards would rest their guns.
The grounds of the museum. You can see the Vatican dome peeking through.

Many of male statues had fig leafs covering their male parts. More conservative Popes demanded that the statues be covered and although some of the fig leaves were removed to restore the statues to their original state, we saw many of them still covered.

A view of Rome.

A sneak peek at the Vatican gardens. You can also get tickets to tour the gardens although we chose not to.

The most famous part of the Vatican museum is the Sistine Chapel.  Since the Chapel is still considered a holy place talking and taking photos were prohibited although people were doing both. This is one of the few photos J was able to snap. The Chapel has guards to monitor the noise level and every few minutes one of the guards "shhhsss" the whole guard. How would you like that job all day?

That night we went back to the cafe by our restaurant for dinner. We started with a caprese salad. 
Baked lasagna for J.

Fettucini with mushrooms for me. J definitely had the winner this meal.

J ordered the tiramisu for dessert

And I had the creme brule although me made sure to share:)

The city on the water is next!

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