The Vatican

The line outside of the Vatican was outrageous. I'm not sure I've ever seen a line so long (this picture only shows a small portion of how long it really was). Erin and I stood in line for about 15 minutes and when we hadn't even moved a foot we decided we had to find a better way. So we paid a little extra and hired a tour guide which turned out to be a great idea because a) we got a tour of the Vatican and learned way more than we would have without one and b) because we got to bypass the whole line, yay!
First, here are some pictures inside St. Peter's Basilica. It was a gorgeous building.

It was MASSIVE!!

Wow, I thought the Hot Dog on a stick outfits were bad. I'd hate to be this guy.
They have their own post office, cool. Supposedly it's better to mail you letters here than in a regular post office in Rome because it's safer.
Did you know the Vatican has its own national anthem and flag? There are about 800 residents and 100% literacy rate.
And now for the Sistine Chapel.
I thought we weren't supposed to take pictures, but then everyone was, so I took some but kept the flash off so as to not potentially damage any of the work. Sorry some of the pictures are blurry. It was an incredible sight, the details and beauty are amazing.

Now on to other beautiful artwork.

The corner of this stone in the tapestry appears to always be pointing towards you, no matter where you stand. I can't believe they were able to incorporate an optical illusion in a tapestry! It was trippy!
This statue is a replica of one in Turkey. The cool thing is that we saw the original just a week before.

I love mosaics, they are so cool. (Wow, my commentary is so deep - kidding.).

One of the world's largest acorn statues. Who would've thought you'd find it at the Vatican?

Here's a little model of what the Vatican looks like from above. For some reason every time I look at this I think of Zoolander when he says, "What is this? A center for ants? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read... if they can't even fit inside the building?"
Our tour guide was awesome, I can't believe he knew SO MUCH.
I'm no English major, but after a year of working at LexisNexis and writing the word "Judgment" about 100 times a day, I know that judgment does not have an e after the g. How could they overlook misspelling The Last Judgment- I mean, really people, come on.

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