Rome day one !

Unable to work our how to prebook Vatican tickets online (no printer for ticket ) we set off on the first free bus run by the campsite to the station at Prima Porta at 8-30am ..breakfasted sandwiches made and on it…15mins drive and a wait for the ticket chap who has gone for coffee. !@” WHAT. ! We missed one train and the ticket machine is broken …ticket man cometh and we hand over €16 each for three day pass for all transport in Roma so that’s not a bad deal… Arrived at Flaminio main station and try to look cool .. To look as if we are locals knowing what’s what … Don’t want pickpockets sussing us out . I haven’t a bag as I use an under clothes pouch made from a mans hanky with elastic to keep it up sort of like old fashioned knicker elastic .. I have used this for ever especially my Indian Adventures I keep my passport ,cash,cards ,driving licence and now my IPhone and with it being cotton your stuff doest get as sticky with heat .. I was taught to wear at all times .. Even in bed in India so if you had to move fast you had everything on you …so pouch is under clothes with a couple of safety pins for extra security .. Don’t laugh it works ..HE has his rucksack on his front with water ,sandwiches and his camera so we are sort of pickpocket proof as we have heard horror stories Re: Rome’s gangs .
Today we thought to book tickets in advance for The Vatican but arriving at the queue @ 9-45am The queue seemed to be for pre booking and to buy to go today dicision made we go for it today ..we had a 1hour 24 minute wait .. Lots of amusement on the shaded side of the street .. Especially the walking beggars who suddenly can’t walk at all .. They have all the tricks ,one in in particular had a turned foot and he hobbled so badly with his begging cup untill he had to shift to get across the road .. Guess what NO limp..Gotta laugh ..
We eventually arrive at the ticket desk to be relieved of our €16 each .. No concession for OAP here as there was in Pompeii and Florence where I was allowed in to every thing free of charge …
The museum is massive with the Sistine Chapel at the end of a three hour trek through all sorts of wonderful art Raphael and Michelangelo being the top lads here ..the chapel was so dimly lit and the crowds were pack like sardines inside one couldn’t give the Chapel one total attention apart from being hot I was seriously knackered ..I think if anyone is going to do it try winter ..
Even after we decided to head for the exit we had to negotiate the retail departments to get out and enough is enough as my sence of well being was getting very low .. On exiting e found the Vatican Gardens to have a bite of lunch and a well deserved sit down as I have a blister by now .. Ouchy ..up and at it St Peters is just around the corner .. Well about a km walk off we go to find massive queues once more .. We’ll do it tomorrow was the consensus of opinion . A beer before catching the metro and train back . Ok says I . Mistake .. €16 for two beers .. and they were so welcome .. But that’s Monte Carlo prices so my stepdaughter says .. Live and learn ..back to Hetty for a slow cooked curry .. Can’t wait ..

Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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