What a day! We started at 6:30AM for breakfast. I grabbed everything I saw. I even think there’s still Nutella in my travel bag. I will NOT be without sustenance. We walk everywhere so food and water are very important.
The early start meant that we were able to bypass the soon to fill long line of people waiting to enter St. Peter’s Basilica! While I do have a lot of pictures, I won’t post them all – the wi-fi, while free is super slow! So, highlights!
Mass was celebrated in below the Basilica in a crypt for Lithuanian Popes.
During the tour, we stopped very quickly at this spot, where I prayed so hard I thought my eyelids would pop from how tightly my eyes were closed.
Then shopping, lunch! I may have found the PERFECT PINK ST. JPII ROSARY (for someone).
And the Coliseum! This was awesome. Truly. My husband loves the Gladiator movie and so I had to take pictures of all of it. I miss him!
And now, I am back in my hotel, writing to you as I await our dinner time at 7:15PM on the rooftop of our hotel.
You can reflect on anything here for so long. I wish I had more time here. I will say this, the most spiritually moving time was at mass this morning. There were many mini-chapels below St. Peters and there were priests from all over the world celebrating mass. When we were saying the Our Father, we overheard the Lamb of God in Latin, the hymn “They will know we are Christians” and the closing “Go in peace” all one over another. A truly one, holy Catholic and apostolic church.
A domani! Ciao!