Papal blessing and more sightseeing
The next morning, we went to the Vatican to see the Pope. At noon every Sunday, the Pope gives a blessing to the people in St. Peter’s Square. He stands in the window of his apartment, says some prayers in Latin, and then blesses the groups of people in their own languages. Don’t tell Nana this, but I got her a rosary outside the Vatican and held it up to be blessed by Benedict XVI. After this process, we went outside the Vatican to get some lunch. Again, I had pizza because that’s what Rome does. Then, it was time for a fun-filled day of seeing the sights of Rome. The first stop was the Piazza del Popolo. Then we went to the Spanish Steps. Then we went to the Pantheon (one of the most interesting buildings I’ve seen.) Then we saw a fire. Then we went to Victor Emanuel Memorial. Then we went to the Forum. Then we saw the Bocca. Then we walked around the Circus Maximus. Then we went back to the hostel. Then it was time for dinner, where I had some ravioli. Then we went to the Colosseum at night again. Are you tired of sentences beginning with “then?”
This was basically our entire Sunday. Lots of sightseeing and not much time to relax. That’s basically how the entire trip went. I guess that’s what happens when you travel to three cities all over Europe in a week. The main sights in Rome are things I will never forget. Hopefully I’ll make it back there someday, because we didn’t really have time to enjoy the things we saw. We could only spend a few minutes at each stop because we had to move on rather quickly.