So Friday 12th April was Vatican Visit day! The chance for the new Pope to meet us. But he must have been busy. All aboard the metro as we were supposed to be there at a certain time for this ticket, also booked prior to the visit, on-line, thanks to Tim’s advice. The metro was much cooler than we expected and pretty quick. We had to make one change, then it was just a case of following the crowd. The first thing we came across (apart from millions of people trying to sell you a tour) was the big square – Saint Peter’s Square. It is impressively big. Huge even. Makes Trafalgar Square look like a patio. There’s also a big church thing, but we didn’t go in that. We wanted the Vatican Museums, so after a bit of a back track we arrived at the entrance and went through security and got our tickets. Jacob decided he wanted an audio guide so we got him one and he listened as we went round and occasionally shared his info with us. Rarely might be a better adjective. Anyway, he was happy.
We raced round a bit. There’s lots to see but you have a definite track to follow. We shot round once. Then went round again. Sistene Chapel was okay. Glad I’ve seen some of the iconic images, but other works seemed more impressive. The modern art collection seemed a bit weak. Although the crucifixion by Dali was well worth seeing. Quite a small painting, I thought it looked amazing. The pictures of it on the web seem drab by comparison. To me it looked almost electric.
Me and the Pope have something in common I think. Both of us seem to think that the uneven distribution of wealth in society is unfair and causes problems, leading some people to end up as slaves to others. (“The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.” The Pope). Now don’t take this the wrong way, but when I was at your amusement park recently Francis, I noticed a few things. I don’t want to mention specifics, but if you came round my house I think you’d notice the difference. Suffice to say, I think there’s some easy steps you could take to help with the old wealth distribution.
Jacob had an eye opening experience, not difficult with a shop every 200m. He quoted some bible things about market places, rich men, eyes of needles etc. We found a head that had his hair style. So having sampled the Vatican we went to find the Trevi Fountain.
Afterwards it was back to the apartment where Sandra cooked pizza. The boys had cooked us two lovely meals the evenings before so it was there night off. Then it was time to pack the bags and get ready to fly back. The red Belluno Tour hoodies were ready to go, we expected it to get chilly again when we arrived at East Midlands airport.