Day 13 – Rome
St. Peter’s Basilica
Today is the final day of our group tour and it will be very busy! We first go to the Vatican where we meet up with our local tour guide. She too, has a periscope stick with a bright colored yellow handkerchief tied to the top so we can easily spot her.
We are given these devices that we put in our ear so we can hear our guide. This was great. No more stretching my neck up over the crowds so I could hear my local guides.
Our guide maneuvers us through the grounds of the Vatican and through the museum. It was so crowded there were times when I was afraid that I had lost my group. At one point I followed the wrong handkerchief for a few minutes! When I didn’t recognize my fellow tour mates around me I quickly darted my eyes around the corridor for someone familiar. Within a few seconds, I eventually found my group before they really disappeared on me.
We try to absorb the art and history that surrounded us. It was unbelievable! And lets not even talk about the Sistine Chapel. The artwork rendered me speechless and I just stood in the middle and gazed up in awe!
Next,we leave the Vatican and head for the Colleseum. I touched the walls of this magnificent structure and can only imagine the fantastic history behind them!
We walk up the Appian Way! Where Caesar himself rode up on his chariot! Next we see the Arch . . .
. . . and then finally the Roman Forum! Wow! We walk back down the “Appian Way” and pass the Colosseum one last time before meeting up with our tour bus.
Time to Say Goodbye
. . . Well, this marked the official end of both our City Guided Tour of Rome and of our entire Group tour!
Well, the city tour is over and people are beginning to split up and venture on their own. Some will be returning back home, some will be staying an extra day and then returning home, some of us will be continuing on our own.
Sylvia & Jose (enjoyed our breakfast and dinner discussions); Kevin & Lauren (you guys are awesome company); Bruce & Heather (still can’t believe you packed so light); Joyce & Sue (aka LA girls); Adam, Alison, Jeff & Nicole (hope you got your package); Jim (great gentlemen from Australia); Don & Susan, the Tans and Rosslyn & Eddie (wish I got to know you better); Teresa and Rebecca (enjoyed the train adventures); Allison & Megan (was great hanging with you-hope you guys finally got to go up the Eiffel Tower), Thomas (hope you had fun in England); Ben & Colleen (enjoyed riding with you guys down Titlis); JoAnn & Dawn (great dinner conversations); Jenny, Dale & Kim (Florence Night walk was fun); and lastly, Bea & Steve (Bea thanks for coming and Steve, thanks for letting Bea join me).
The TD passed around a list of everyone’s e-mail addresses, so we could get in touch with each other. Maybe even share some of our pictures. We hope to keep in contact with some of them.
Anyway, we say good bye to Kevin and Lauren and the LA girls (Joyce and Sue), but really didn’t get a chance to say our good-byes with some of our other tour mates like Allison, Megan, Ben and Colleen and the others.
I will always treasure the friendships that were made on this trip and the shared experiences. I really hope to stay in touch with some of my tour mates for as long as I can. For others I wish them well in their future travels! Ciao’