Ok, well I didn’t actually meet the Pope. But I did go to the Vatican city!

The City

One of the Ceilings

Inside was just amazing! No expense was spared and nothing is too lavish at the Vatican. I touched a marble statue of a lion sculptured from a now-extinct material. Estimated worth is $60 billion! For one statue! But the ceiling paintings by Michelangelo in the Sistine ChapelĀ are a cut above the rest. They are about 3 stories up and painted onto a curved ceiling, so the proportions had to be exact. There’s actually 4ft of ceiling space between the finger of God and the finger of man! (below).

Sistine Chapel

Next stop… Venice!