Thursday, September 16, 2010

Post vacation stress disorder

Have you heard of this phenomenon? It is very common and if you have been away on a long vacation, it can be quite severe.... I have a good case of it! It is tough after a great time to get right back to work. I am having trouble really picking it up again. What to do but just diving in?!
The pictures do give me a lot of pleasure and I am happy to share my adventures with you.
The second day in Italy we went to Vatican City. Wow, what a highlight that was. It is truly stunning and we wandered through the museum, then the basilica, and then went to the top of the Cupola. The key picture is so funny. I don't think the guard had ever had anyone ask if she could take a picture. Which one is for the pope's apartment you think?  Check out the little dimensional piece. Isn't it stunning? The room with all the maps of the world painted instead of printed was so impressive. And what about the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, no pictures allowed....  Michelangelo was actually more a sculpturor than a painter and didn't want to paint the chapel. He spent years lying on his back. Can you imagine?! I love this sculpture. Aren't the Swiss Guards interesting? 
The papal graves and the tomb of St peter underneath the basilica was very interesting. Ara, here is the grave of Pope John Paul! (again, no pictures allowed, you'll have to say a prayer for me so I don't go to hell!) We walked out through the St Peter's square across the bridge of angels. Completely exhausted we did what all of you would do. That's right, not going  back to the apartment but walk some more....We ended up on the Spanish steps and then cris-crossed town to see the Colliseum by night. Not enough hours in the day, so much to see and experience.



Leslie Jane Moran said...

I think that the effects of travel are totally misunderstood. It takes so much time to get ready, so much energy to make the voyage and then the return to putting it all back in place. It takes a lot of effort to travel. Considering that your job also has you on the move, it's quite understandable that you are feeling exhausted and misplaced. It takes time. In the meantime...nap when you can :) Loving your reports and living through your pictures.

nancy said...

wondeful photos!!!
i cried when i saw the pieta!
michelangelo was on 25 when he finished it!!

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