(Since Vatican City has been in the news “just a bit” recently I thought a post on it was called for.)
What I remember most about my visit to Vatican City were the crowds although that pretty much sums up my entire trip to the Eternal City. Every iconic site in Rome was “packed to the gills” aka mobbed. Thankfully the weather in Rome during the week I was there was gorgeous not to mention the temperatures pleasant and springlike (the oppressive summer weather that Rome is so famous for had not yet come) so it wasn’t ALL that bad…
Looking back on Vatican City, it was one of the most impressive places I have ever visited as well as one of the most overwhelming ones. There was so much to see, so much history to understand, so much to simply marvel at. I’m sure that when I return to Rome I’ll most likely visit Vatican City again although perhaps I’ll do so on a weekday during the winter months when the crowds wouldn’t be so intense.
I’ll always remember the genuine look of pleasure and thanks on my Spanish host mom’s face when I gave her a glossy 5 x 7 postcard I had picked up in Rome. It depicted a portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, The Creation of Adam. Estrella had led an incredibly hard life; she had lived through the Spanish Civil War, the decades of life under the Franco dictatorship all the while taking care of her severely mentally handicapped adult son. The farthest she had ever ventured from Seville was a small beach town two hours away where the family spent the summers each year in order to escape the intolerable heat back in Seville. She never was going to see the wonders of Vatican City or lean back and gaze up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But she was just so happy to have a small part of it with her. Este es para ud., Estrella!