POSTCARD #5: Kyle and Kristen say farewell to Italy (May 24, 2007)
To continue from where I left off, today was an eventful day. We toured the Vatican and went inside the Sistine Chapel. That was amazing to see in person. I have taken art classes in the past and Michelangelo has been the topic of several lessons, but to see his work up close was unbelievable. The ceiling was larger than I could ever imagine, the pictures in textbooks do not do any justice to the work. Then we went inside the Basilica of Saint Peter and the inside of that church was huge! I felt like a little ant looking up at all those statues inside it. The detail of each sculpture was beautiful. Overall, I have had a great time in Italy but I am definitely ready to come back home to Greensboro and win a SoCon championship so make sure you check us out at Fleming Gymnasium next season!
The last two days we spent in the Historical city of Rome. Yesterday we toured the Colosseum , and the Capitol Hill building. Everyone in the group was amazed by the precise constuction of each of these buildings. I can't image the craftmanship and effort it took to handcraft each block of the Colosseum . Our tour guide told us that each block of stone weighed two tons. What was also amzing was the fact the we were only seeing half of what the Colosseum was when it was orginally used.
We also got the chance to visit a Roman Temple and a couple of historical fountains. Today we visited Vatican City and the Saint Peter's Church. These places were absolutely breath-taking. The Vatican had a lot of great scuptures and art work, but I thought none were greater than the Sistine Chapel. The artwork inside was unbeliveable. Each painting showed a story from the Bible. This was my favorite part of the whole tour. After we left the Vatican, we got a chance to hear the Pope deliver his weekly public address. Then we went inside Saint Peter's Church. The Church was huge. There was a lot of great artwork and scuptures inside there also. Kevin and I sat in the chruch and were saying how amazed we were of everything that was around us. It was quite the experience.
After we left the chruch we travelled to our game. We won 84-65 to finsh off the trip with an undefeated record. We all played real well. All the seniors got the opportunity to finish out the last portion of the game. After the game was over we all said bye to Bart, who is taking a two-day trip with his family back to the Netherlands. Tonight we are packing up and watching the European Soccer Championship Game. Our flight leaves Rome at 10:15 tommorrow morning and we will be back in Greensboro by 1 am. It's been a great trip and I hope to see some of you at our games next season.