Saturday, February 05, 2005
VaticanIn the morning, we discovered the scrumptious breakfast of many different breads, fruits, cereals and yogurts, meats, and best of all, deLICIOUS scrambled eggs—some of the best I’ve ever had, and the first breakfast eggs since I left home—the hotel had for breakfast. Scrumptious. Then our group went to the Vatican, and saw St. Peter’s Square and the basilica there. It was pretty neat to be there. I liked the square best. The churches are running together for me because we’ve seen so many. There was a crypt under the basilica where many popes are buried. I liked that also—it had very interesting, cozy architecture. Several people went up to the top of the basilica to look out, but Justin and I accidentally got out of line and getting back in would have taken tons of time, so we left and went touring on our own. We found a round little fortress called Castel Angello, or something like, and spent a while exploring there. Then we had lunch at a little pizzeria, and had a decent pizza with blue cheese on it, which I liked, but found excessively salty. Then we walked around some more, and finally had some ice cream just before meeting the group at dinner at the hotel. Then we left hurriedly with a large group to go to an opera at an Anglican church. It was alright. I liked this church best of all—it had a beautiful mix of green marble, dark brown wood, and brick—no statues to try to comprehend or to acknowledge the presence of. The opera….well, I was very tired. It sounded nice from where I was sitting, but I couldn’t see because our chairs were lower than the people’s in front of us (who paid more for their tickets). Also, it was pretty chilly, and I pretty much dozed off and on. Also, I would point out that it’s very hard to follow an opera when there are no subtitles, they’re singing in Italian, and you can’t see the stage. :) We had to walk back to the hotel instead of taking the metro because apparently the metro doesn’t run that late. I didn’t get that.
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