Wandering, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel

Sam and I spent the morning of day 4 just wandering the city.  We started with a walk through the local morning market.

Then we were off to grab some breakfast.  I was developing a real appreciation for sandwiches.

After breakfast we decided to take a walk along the Tiber River.

We were due to meet up with everyone else for a tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s, so we headed that way.

My spent several hours walking through the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.  I did not enjoy any of this.  The crowds were too big.  I get a little anxious when I’m being herded like cattle and there is no end of it in sight.  I’ve been told that these crowds were nothing, which to me means it could have been worse.  I still managed to take some pictures.

These are from the Vatican Museum

A little too late I learned that you aren’t supposed to take photos in the Sistine Chapel.  I managed to miss the signs that said no photography, I also didn’t hear the security folks saying, “No photos.”  I blame it on how miserable I was at this point.  I didn’t even look at what I was taking photos of, just raised my camera and shot.

I ran into Sam in the Sistine Chapel and we skedaddled.   St Peter’s was next, but I couldn’t follow the crowd any further so we headed outside and appreciated St. Peter’s Basilica from the outside.

We wrapped the night up with a rousing game of Wizards and Jesters and a small sampling of desserts.

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