|welcome to the vatican.|
|hercules. he was very shiny and big. ps this is not what it looks like, but it kind of comical|
we like acting out statues. a lot.
|there were so many statues- these two were pretty great.|
|the sistine chapel- beautiful. this might have been a covert picture taking operation. no pictures were allowed. whoops.|
|we are the cutest. yay clif bars|
|the beautiful look out of the vatican from the museums.|
we then continued onward and saw a display of faberge eggs, which were stunning and soo ornate. but when we got out of the next section we couldnt find lauren. after many 'search' missions, she finally came out apologizing profusely. she had gotten distracted by some of the paintings and couldnt find us. by this time we were tired of walking, and had kind of gotten all museumed out having been there for around four hours- so we decided to take a lunch break before heading over to st peters. on the way out we stopped at the gift shop and cali and i had a nice chat about supply and demand. it was amazing to see that some posters cost more than others just because they were of the sistine chapel. (jonathan this one's for you) its crazy how you can see economics everywhere.
before venturing inside to ask if they were open cali and i took some pictures. it was great, this old italian man came out of the restaurant and jumped in one of the pictures with me- it made my day.
my favorite old italian. he is the bestest. and this place was the greatest place for lunch.
the pizza was amazing- and huge! and the service was great! they gave us free bread (lauren had been very distraught over the fact that no places gave free bread) and free water. i got a four cheese pizza which was the most delicious thing ever. but i was full after eating a quarter of it. Cali wouldnt have it and made me eat the whole thing. I didnt want to- and i already felt like i was going to throw up- but she was not sympathetic at all.
|yay free water!|
|and free bread!|
|our yummy, and huge pizzas|
|lauren trying pizza even with the cheese. might not have been the smartest to give her a slice of my four cheese pizza.|
|our food babies after finishing the pizza.|
|i could eat this all day.|
|the steps outside the vatican where we enjoyed our gelato.|
|st. peter's square.|
|the line that wrapped around the square. at one point someone cut in front of us without us realizing and the lady behind us let us know- only she didnt speak english. it was a fun game of charades.|
|the vatican was great. you had to have your shoulders covered and long pants or skirts. the pictures were my favorite because the belt looked like you were allowed to show midriff. it was great.|
|walking into st. peters.|
the peita and st peters. so so beautiful.
|crashing after a full day at the vatican.|
pretty fountain. but funny story of the day. notice cali on the right. this is her showing her ripped pants. yes that is right, her pants ripped. being the good friend i am, i laughed. a lot.
after the vatican we made our way over to trastevere. which is a cute little part of rome. it was absolutely perfect. we found an adorable alley way- where we of course took tons of pictures, and then went and ate more gelato on the steps of a fountain, and then made our way to the island that is on the river. on the way we stopped at to get a crepe. it was the best crepe i had ever eaten. oh brother. i could have lived off that crepe forever. so so good. at the island we just sat and looked at the river- avoiding the man tanning in a speedo on the sidewalk. we then headed over to the piazza navona. on the walk over we stopped at some street vendures. i found a cardigan i loved for only 8 pounds, meaning i could get it lower, but i used restraint because i have enough cardigans to clothe a small army. cali found a cute swim suit cover for 12 and got it down to 10- we walked down a little ways and the next vender had the same dress originally priced for 10. it was a sad sad day.
|the adorable alley way. we embarrassed holly by the number of pictures we took. but we made other tourists stop and take pictures of it because they saw us. we felt cool.|
|i didnt get hazelnut! miracle! i got strawberry and yogurt- so yummy|
we had fun with the gelato. we are nerds. and cali didnt want any- it didnt work very well for her.
|soaking in the italian atmosphere at the fountain.|
|while sitting we saw all these bikers, and i could help but think of my dad. my vote for our next family reunion. bike trip in italy.|
|on the way we saw this truck. we had seen them throughout the week, and i loved them. italy has tiny cars. i love it. there were so many smartcars and then this little guy. so great.|
|i salivate just looking at this. mmmmm.|
|so so excited.|
|the buildings on the island.|
|pondering at the river.|
while walking through cali and i both saw these groups of paintings we loved- but both thought we couldnt get them because we had no way of getting them home, but we sat there and stewed on the paintings and figured out that we could fit them in our backpack if we got the smaller size. so we got them. it was a set of thee black and white etchings of different places in rome. it was wonderful though, because you could pick any three. i got the colosseum, trevi, and then vatican city to help remember the trip years from now. i am so excited to have it hang in my apartment. now all i need is a frame.
after the piazza we headed home but took a detour past the trevi so we could see it at night. it was beautiful. we stopped to get magnets for hollys family and then homeward bound. we had past this stand every night walking home and it made me think of jonathan. economics really is everywhere!