On Saturday we toured the Vatican which is an amazing place. It has been built and shaped by centuries of people and events. It is the smallest city state in the world. It is a collection of art that may be unique in the world. Frescoes by Raphael and Michelangelo. Michelangelo’s Pieta. Ceiling layered with pure gold. Italian marble everywhere. The basilica of St. Peter is much larger than I ever imagined. And, like most of the attractions in Rome, hundreds and even thousands of people everywhere.
Saturday evening we had a uniquely Italian experience. Margie had a friend, Richard Trythall, in high school in Knoxville, TN that was a piano prodigy. After college he went to Rome to study and never left. He’s now a renowned concert pianist and composer. Margie has kept in touch with him over the years. We had dinner with Richard, his wife Marisha and her daughter Rebecca at their favorite restaurant, Scarpone’s. We didn’t get there until about 8:15 PM; didn’t order until after 9 and didn’t eat until 10 PM. We finally left about 11 PM… a true Italian eating experience. Fun, but an experience I couldn’t do very often.
If you want to see all of our Vatican pictures go to: https://dancooksey.smugmug.com/Mediterranean-Cruise-2018/Vatican/