I have been neglecting my dear blog.
I do apologise, but the past week has been too fast to stop and write down everything.
I am in Florence, arrived yesterday, but before writing about my time here, I though I should talk about Rome.
This past Monday morning the world woke up to the news of Pope resigning.
I was in Rome – the center of Catholic church, had seen the pope the day before, and spent the day oblivious to this “little” piece of information.
With no television, very limited internet access, and no Italian newspapers, we found this out, later in the day, on a bus, after starting to talk with a couple of old lady’s, – who eventually let us know about what was going on.
After almost six hundred years, this came quite as a shock to the rest of the world. But like many others I find this to be a brave, humble decision – and am sure he thoroughly thought it through.
On Monday, contrary to our first decision, we decided not to go to the vatican, but simply walk around the city.
I have fallen in love with Rome. And have found their saying of “Roma, non basta una vita” to be very true. A lifetime is indeed not enough.
We walked around the city everyday, and my feet resent me for that at the end of every day. Resent, not resented – they still hurt after a couple of hours of walking.
Yesterday morning the Vatican was full of cameras, Tv stations and reporters.
I am not one hundred per cent sure how the museum of the Vatican is supposed to look in low season – but I am pretty sure it was not supposed to be so full – I was having a hard time moving.
Today there was a Pope’s mass around five, and yesterday I got to see all the preparation in the Basilica, wich was surely impressive.
On one hand I am quite sad to miss that, but we had already bought the tickets, and the judging by the amount of chairs I saw, and the amount of people in the Sistine Chapel, I am almost one hundred per cent sure I would not be able to get in.
I still need to write about Venice, Ravenna, Ferrara, Padova, Venice by night, Rome by night and of course florence. I took a lot of pictures, a lot. So I’ll be posting them in the coming weeks.