Skipping the Lines !

Thursday 16 June

Living in a Box !

Living in a Box !

Today we popped along to the Pope’s Gaff but unfortunately he wasn’t in. The journey in to Rome this morning was thankfully uneventful and was surprisingly not mega packed as I was expecting it to be full of rush hour commuters having left at 8.10.

The Vatican has been an independent state since 1929 after reaching an uneasy agreement with Mussolini, before that it had ruled Rome since 1870 now and has a fixed population of around 800 people but with Millions of visitors each year.

When we arrived at the Vatican Museums there was an unbelievable queue for people wanting to buy tickets. Fortunately for us we could skip the line as I had already booked tickets through the internet and we went right to the front. We weren’t allowed in straight away as it was just before 9.00 and our tickets were for 10.00 so we went for a hot drink and breakfast before returning at 9.30 when we were allowed in. Once inside I had to exchange my voucher for the real tickets but again no queue for us.

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The Vatican Museums are many and are full of thousands and thousands of items including paintings, sculptures, tapestries etc. Fortunately for you lot I didn’t take a photo of every one. In fact there is so much to see, we only had a quick scan of most of it. if you took a minute for each item then it would probably take weeks to look at it all.

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The gang looked up to their excellent Tour Guide !

The gang looked up to their excellent Tour Guide !

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So thats were the Hulk has been !

So thats were the Hulk has been !

I put my hand down for just one minute !

I put my hand down for just one minute !

Would you Adam and Eve it !

Would you Adam and Eve it !

Two Heads are better than One !

Two Heads are better than One !

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Jeremonys new job as a bouncer at a Nudist camp was not going well

Jeremy’s new job as a bouncer at a Nudist camp was not going well !

Someones nicked my Rum and Raisin !

Someones nicked my Rum and Raisin !

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Purrrr !

Purrrr !

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I want my Mummy !

I want my Mummy !

So thats where Rick Wakeman is now hanging out !

So thats where Rick Wakeman is now hanging out !

That Seagull had serious digestive problems !

That Seagull had serious digestive problems !

After last nights boozy do, I was feeling Dog Rough !

After last nights boozy do, I was feeling Dog Rough !

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What do you mean this hairstyles not in ?

What do you mean this hairstyles not in ?

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 Bath night for Alan !

Bath night for Alan !

Popeye shouts for Olive !

Popeye shouts for Olive !

The Vaticans Cannabis growing secret was out !

The Vaticans Cannabis growing secret was out !

Please Shaggy give me a Scooby Snack !

Please Shaggy give me a Scooby Snack !

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Flipping fly has landed in my wine !

Flipping fly has landed in my wine !

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Today Deliah is going to show you how to Peel an Orange !

Today Deliah is going to show you how to Peel an Orange !

Captain of the Roman Relay team !

Captain of the Roman Relay team !

A UFO was seen last flying near the Vatican !

A UFO was seen last flying near the Vatican !

Do you want to take the money or open the box ? !

Do you want to take the money or open the box ? !

Victoria's Secret staff hated it when Julie came in for a Bra !

Victoria’s Secret staff hated it when Julie came in for a Bra !

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Reminded me of Fremont Street in Vegas !

Reminded me of Fremont Street in Vegas !

Im ready to try Solid Food now Dad !

I’m ready to try Solid Food now Dad !

After a few hours in the Museums we finally ended up in the Sistine Chapel which is beautifully adorned with paintings that Michelangelo had painted but was fairly small and absolutely crammed with people. I had picked up another tip here that instead of taking the normal exit which would have meant a 15 -20 minute walk around the outside of the Vatican walls and then a queue back into St Peters Square and the Basilica, there is an exit that only organised tours can use. We tagged on the back of a tour going through and were waved quickly through. This route leads you directly outside St Peters Basilica.2016_0616Watergate0061

Santa Claus on Guard !

Santa Claus on Guard !

 

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We were more impressed with St Peters Basilica than the Sistine Chapel as it is massive and full of beautiful sculptures, mosaic ceilings, paintings etc. Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel are stunning but the actual building is quite straightforward in our opinion.

On exiting St Peters Basilica we ended up obviously in St Peters Square which is huge but gets filled up pretty much every time the Pope pops out onto his Balcony to give a sermon which is usually Wednesdays and Sundays.

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A Holy Pigeon !

A Holy Pigeon !

Ever wondered what happened to the New Romantics ?

Ever wondered what happened to the New Romantics ?

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Ready for the Popes next Gig !

Ready for the Popes next Gig !

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The efforts people take to beat the queues to get in !

The efforts people take to beat the entrance queue!

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Rumours of the Spice Girls reforming appeared correct !

Rumours of the Spice Girls reforming appeared correct !

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Having been on our feet for several hours it was time for a sit down in a nearby outside street cafe to rest our weary legs.

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Quick before the Father catches us buying "We Love the Pope " T shirts !

Quick before the Father catches us buying “We Love the Pope ” T shirts !

Wheres those two Nuns got to ? !

Where’s those two Nuns got to ? !

We wandered then for a while, mainly for my benefit to look for a beer shop I believed to be on a particular street. The street was very long and after walking along the whole of it, we found that the shop didn’t exist. Time once more for a sit down when we finally  managed to find another little cafe.

Horse about to eat Dog !

Horse about to eat Dog !

Another City must !

Another City must !

Reminds me of Melbourne

Reminds me of Melbourne

Nice bit of Parking !

Nice bit of Parking !

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Former Girlfriend !

Former Girlfriend !

Hotel California ?

Hotel California ?

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Castel Sant Angelo

Castel Sant Angelo

Mouse and I left the girls sitting in a park opposite the large Courts whilst we wandered off to take photos of the Castel Sant’Angelo and the river Tiber before rejoining them and crossing the river to find a nice restaurant in which to have a meal for tea.

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I thought it was the kids nicking the garden pots !

I thought it was the kids nicking the garden pots !

Angelic eye test .... How many fingers am I holding up ?

Angelic eye test …. How many fingers am I holding up ?

Hendrix playing a few riffs !

Hendrix playing a few riffs !

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Suicidal Angel !

Suicidal Angel !

Alan .... Get down from there !

Alan …. Get down from there !

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Britannia and her "friend" cosy up !

Britannia and her “friend” cosy up !

 

After dining we returned back to “Cis” and chilled for a few hours sitting in the cooling evening before calling it a night and going to our beds.

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