Chow my friends!

Over the weekend I visited Rome as most of you know! I will tell you-- UNBELIEVABLE! Words can not even describe this place. Kelsey and I headed out Thursday around 3:00. We landed in Roma around 9ish, had dinner, and went to the hostel. It was such a LONG day shew! We woke up the next morning to head to the Vatican tour! It started at 9 am-- bright and early. We had a coffee right in front of the museum. I could just sit and stare at the entrance all day long. It was amazing to me to see the trees on top of the building? Take a look below! I was SO excited to begin our tour! We started with the Vatican Museum. It was FABULOUS! Soooo much talent, history, and artwork was displayed within the HUGE museum. I feel like we walked for MILES just in that section of the Vatican. There were sculptures, paintings on the walls, ceilings, floors, frescos (a painting on a piece of cloth), everything you can imagine PLUS more. I never realized how IMPORTANT history was within this city. So much biblical context within- its unreal. Below I will post a few pictures from some famous paintings, paintings on the ceilings, and some famous sculptures. Our tour guide explained A LOT about some paintings and this history of some artwork--so interesting.. I learned SOO much! After the museum we head to the Sistine Chapel. Talk about AMAZING! I can not even put into words this artwork. I never realized how beautiful and detailed these paintings are. I learned about all the paintings on the ceilings--they all follow a different story within history. For example: Jonah and the fish (whale), the creation of Adam and Eve, etc. Did you know all those stories existed within the paintings of the Sistine Chapel?  I didn't-- maybe I should of listened more in history class-ha-ha! But let me tell you, the stories behind this 4 year master piece is unreal. We were not allowed to take pictures. We even had to remain silent while in the chapel-- it made it feel so real. Its such a holy place. And what's even more interesting, is how in the world is this place still standing with the SAME artwork from centuries ago? Very fascinating to me. I cant wait to explain all the stories of the paintings within this room to you all-- I feel SO smart :)
After the chapel, we visited St. Peter's Basilica. I thought this tour could not get ANY better until I walked into this AMAZING place. HOLY MOLY! This church is UNBELIEVABLE. I wish I could put into words this place. Sculptures, paintings, columns, etc. It is just FILLED with history and artwork by many FAMOUS people of the renaissance. There are hundreds of popes buried there, even St. Peter. I mean I had no idea St. Peter and St, Paul were so famous in this city. The Basilica was HUGE! The famous virgin Mary and baby Jesus sculpture is also inside. There was a holy door that only opens ONE time per year--so interesting. I mean can you imagine having church in this place? I will post a few pictures below.
And of course, the outside.. As you can imagine this place is HUGE. Even though it is the smallest city in the world. Check out the AMAZING building. It is just unbelievable to me that these places still exist.

We then head back to the hostel to meet up with Kenzi and Abby. Kelsey and I are ITCHING for a nap so bad. All of this walking just beats us. We had a night tour at 5:30--we visited several famous places--the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, famous churches, etc. It was so nice to walk around Rome and see such famous and old architect within the city. My favorite of these places was the Trevi Fountain--BEAUTIFUL! THis was one of my favorite places in Rome. Of course, we tossed a coin in the fountain--its a tradition. I had to do a panorama shot of the fountain because it is so huge!

We then went out to dinner and hit the hay!!

Saturday--

We get up early and head out for the bus tour! It went to several different places.. I cant even remember the names of all the places! Any who, we saw SO many famous places-- the castle de Sant Angelo! THIS BUILDING WAS HUGE! I could not even fit it in one picture. It was surround by the river. Along the river were LOTS of sculptures! AMAZING!
We then got off the bus at the Colosseum. Once again-- I can not describe how amazing this archetecture was. Of course, not all of it still standing.. but there is enough to understand how huge and beautiful this place was. It could hold 50,000-70,000 people. Can imagine that many people coming to watch fights and glory back in the day? They had an underground cage where they stored lots of their animals. It was made up of 4 floors-- all of which had seats surrounded the oval stadium. As you can tell in the picture below, they restored half of the area for tourists to imagine what it looked it. :)

Next we headed to the Palatine Hill-- One 7 of Rome's famous Hills! The hill has a strong link with Roman Mythology. Augustus, Cicero, and Marc Antony (Marcus Antonius) all had homes on the hill. Later, emperors built their domains here and, at one point, the entire hill was covered with imperial palaces. It was fabulous walking through homes of such famous history people. There was a beautiful garden, water fountain located within the Palatine Hill. Once you reached the top, you could see a BEAUTIFUL view of the city.  mmmmm! FABULOUS!

We then hopped back onto the bus to head to the famous government building of Rome. It was HUGE. There were hundreds of white steps leading up to the building--fancy I know! We then stopped to have lunch at an Italian restaurant! The food here is SO GOOD--let me tell yah! You know Pasta and Pizza are my favorite foods. I'm in heaven! The wind was a little chilly! We started to get cold-- but this city was just so beautiful we sucked it up for a little bit longer. We got off the bus and took a much needed LONG nap. It was such a long, exciting day! We woke up and ate dinner!!

Sunday-- we slept in till 9 AM! It was FABULOUS! Check out was at 10:00. Therefore, we carried our backpacks ALL day long as we visited a few more places before we head back to Barcelona. We went started out at Plazza de Popolo. We ended up at the castle again. We just sat by the river and enjoyed the beauty. We also walked down to the Vatican one more time. We were so sad because we had JUST missed the Pope coming out to speak :(. You should of seen all the people! WHEW! Incredible! We then visit a few markets on the streets and head back to eat at a fabulous place! It was the best by far! The lasagna was to die for! mmm! We then head back to the bus station to eat some ghellato! Then off to the airport we go! We waited there for about 2.5 hours. We finally landed back in Barcelona around 10:30. I got home about 12:15.

Such a LONG, FUN, EXCITING, INTERESTING, FABULOUS, UNBELIEVABLE experience! I wish I could post all 400 of my pictures! Here are just a few! Enjoy amigos!

Peace, love, travel :)

xoxox,

Tayler

Vatican Museum
Statue outside in the court yard
St Peters Basilica-- and below!  
The Colosseum
The famous "School of Athens"
Trevi Fountain-- BEAUTIFUL!
Castle de Sant' Angelo
 


Shannon bumpus
04/22/2013 4:09pm

I love ready about your adventures! Sounds like you are having a blast!

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Donald Bibb
04/22/2013 5:31pm

Sounds like fun. Will remember forever. Got ur invite. cu soon

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Kelsey
04/22/2013 6:07pm

I remember learning this stuff in History lol. It's all very fascinating I'm glad you get to experience it! Have fun and be safe. :)

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Bridget Richardson
04/23/2013 12:47pm

So cool!! can't wait to see all your pictures and hear ever more about it. Love you!

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Tracy Johnson
04/24/2013 11:29am

I would absolutely LOVE to visit Rome! Amazing pics!

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