July 08 - Touring Vatican Museum and

St. Peter's Basilica

 

Note: If you have not yet visited the page for July 7th, it has just been uploaded today (July 8th).

Sorry for the delay in posting today's update! On July 8th at 11p.m. (2p.m. PDT), Mr. Samuel filed this report:

Today we took a tour of the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. We only had to wait fifteen minutes to get in, which was a huge surprise to all our tour guides--they said it was usually a wait of at least an hour. Also fortunately, our guides were terrific.

From there we went to St. Peter's Basilica and walked through the Jubilee Door. A huge group from Poland was there having mass, so we got to hear lots of singing and organ playing. Dr. Nielsen, who plays the organ, thought it was a glorious sound, and the music really did seem to be coming from everywhere.

Then we took public transportation to get from the Vatican to the bus (because of the bus laws you may remember from July 6th's entry) and then we saw the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Piazza Navonna.

Dinner was at a very nice place. The first course was very spicy pasta, followed by potatoes and veal, and dessert was a very delicious tiramisu.

After dinner, we took a night tour of the city--all the important buildings light up at night. We got to see St. Angel's Castle, the site of tomorrow night's concert, glowing on the banks of the Tiber.

 

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The Holy See

The Sistine Chapel

Trevi Fountain

The Pantheon

Piazza Navonna Fountain

Tiramisu


More pictures!

Thanks again to Dr. Pocock.

The Concert Hall in Tours

The Poster

Ready to Play

Ecstatic Applause (click to enlarge)


 

 The Performance (click to enlarge)

 

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