Me with my cheap parasol at St Peter's Basilica
Doing the Roman Bath thing at the Vatican Museum (look familiar Michelle?)
Standing in front of the doors that the Pope is driven in and out of when he leaves the Vatican (thank you to the English speaking tour guide I happened upon and listened to for awhile).
This morning I overslept a little, but still made it for the continental breakfast here at the hotel. Then I caught the HOHO bus and got off at St. Peter's Basilica. I wandered around there awhile, it was neat, they had big screen TV's set up waiting for the Pope to come out and do his blessing (they had the screens set up so people could see it in front of St. Peter's, but that's not where he was going to be at the window (I don't think). After walking around there about 20 minutes (it was probably about 80+ degrees), I decided to see if I could find the Vatican museum from there... and I did. I ended up hooking up with a English speaking tour group for a little bit and they went on into the Museum. I wasn't going to go in, until I found out it was free on Sunday mornings, until 12:30pm. It was lunchtime by then, so I made it with about 20 minutes to spare (so, I got there about 12:10pm). I wandered around awhile, I don't think they had everything open that they normally would, but it was still kind of nice to go back and visit (for free). I had lunch there at the Vatican Museum (Lasagna... did I mention I had it for dinner last night and I had it for dinner again tonight! I guess it is my favorite Italian type pasta food).
After lunch I finished wandering through the museum, I took a lot of pictures, many were repeats that I took last year when I was there. And yes, I took some pictures in the Sistine Chapel (everyone was!). Okay... I added two of the photos above.
The were kicking everyone out of the chapel by 2 or 2:30, so I went back and got on the HOHO bus, but not before stopping to buy some cheap rosary beads (and I'm not even Catholic... but it seems like something you should do if you visit the Vatican more than once... lol!).
Actually, I switched HOHO busses, since my pass expired at 1:30pm, so I got on the Red 11o bus, which seems to be a lot more prevalent around Rome. I got off at the stop nearest to the Spanish Steps and walked over and finally saw those for the first time. (I've done over 20K steps today! Yea for me!). From there I came back to my hotel room for a short rest, then headed back out about 5:30pm, this time walking. I went to the Plaza of the Republika which isn't too far from my hotel, from there I walked down to Bernini Plaza and on over to the Hard Rock Cafe. I didn't buy anything, I have my tee shirt from last time I was here. I walked back up towards my hotel down several interesting streets and finally stopped at the restaurant that is kind of across the street from the hotel, the same one my daughter Michelle & I ate at last year. Oh yea... when I came back to the hotel this afternoon, I went and found a new suitcase. I wonder how long it will last. : ( Hopefully at least a year. Isn't it sad that I can be glad if a suitcase lasts a year? The airlines are SO hard on the suitcases! Oh yea and I walked over to the train station this afternoon to check on the cost of a train ride out to the airport, it's only about 14 euro (for 1st class, 9 for 2nd)... so that's doable. I need to double check my airline ticket so I know what time I need to catch my train (they seem to run out there to the airport VERY often).
Okay... guess I'll sign off. It's after 10pm. It's going to be hard to get back on the work schedule on Tuesday! YIKES!
I'll probably post from home tomorrow night.