[ROME] A NIGHT AT THE VATICAN

Probably the only time you can catch the night scene outside St Peter’s Square is if you spend the night at Vatican City, or if you’re reading this as I’m about to show you a couple of my night scene captures. Outside St Peter’s Basilica on the day we arrived, there was a huge preparation for an important religious mass that would take place the day after, hence in the evening and well into the night, throngs of people gathered outside St Peter’s Square, setting up temporary food stalls and flea-market style cabins showcasing collections of costume jewellery, fine jewellery, art, tourist mementos, souvenirs, little collectibles of Vatican’s finest architecture, and flowers – from fine skinny stalks to big fluffy bouquets. As midnight approached, the crowd thinned, and melancholic street-lamps were just about the only ones creating shadows on the sidewalks. This is Vatican City at night, for you.

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xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[ROME] 10 SNAPSHOTS OF VATICAN CITY

Bringing to you a quick showcase of the world’s smallest independent state – all 109 acres (44 hectares) around St. Peter’s Basilica and the palace of the Vatican. In and around are beautifully preserved cultural sites, lush green gardens, and museums which feature some of the world’s most famous sculptures and paintings. Home to architectural inputs of Bramante, Michelangelo, Giacomo della Porta, Maderno and Bernini, its chapels and homes distinctly echoes of Baroque and of the Renaissance.
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St. Peter’s Basilica:

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xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[ROME] VATICAN CITY – A VIEW FROM THE TOP

The view from the top of Vatican City’s St Peter’s Basilica was exhilarating, breathtaking, and worth the claustrophobia-inducing flight of stairs we had to take to the top. Once in your life, or perhaps through somebody else’s eyes, you should see Vatican City from its proudest heights. Here are some pictures I snapped, enjoy! P1040925 P1050009 P1050005 P1050003 P1050001 P1040990 P1040984 P1040983 P1040971 P1040966 P1040964 P1040961 P1040956 P1040950 P1040949 P1040947 P1040946 P1040944 P1040942 P1040941 P1040940 P1040939 P1040937 P1040935 P1040933 P1040932 P1040930 P1040927

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[ROME] ST PETER’S BASILICA

We were both blessed and unlucky to have arrived in Vatican City the day before a huge and important event for the Catholic Church. Many parts of the basilica were closed due to preparations for mass. On the upside, we got to witness the procession which arrived to prep the church up. There were massive tables, grand velvet chairs and draped upholstery.

Due to a 3GB flurry of photographs I’d taken of Vatican City, there was a need to split my posts on St Peter’s Basilica into 4 separate pieces (and more to come!).

In chronological order (previous postings):
[ROME] THE VATICAN CITY
[ROME] INNER TRIMMINGS OF THE VATICAN CITY
[ROME] LIVING, BREATHING ART

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xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[ROME] LIVING, BREATHING ART

Ancient art, very much still alive today. The pure gold in reflecting sun’s rays ignites a sense of silent power that only a calm basilica would bring. Mass in this majestic interior must have been a truly empowering and significant event. Am amazed at how this Panasonic Lumix GF6 of mine was able to capture this beauty in all its stunning glory.

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xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Travel-diary: Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

Built circa 1080
Milan, Northern Italy
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The walls of the Basilica
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The confession chamber.
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There’s something about churches that illuminate the unspeakable calm
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One does not need to be of a certain religion to appreciate the beautiful monotony of rites
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The Basilica also houses the tomb of Emperor Louis II, who died in Lombardy in 875.
A crypt built in the 9th Century houses the remains of three venerated saints: Ambrose, Gervasus and Protasus.
It just didn’t feel right to take any photos of the bodies and urn.

Outside on the church grounds:
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An afternoon of absolute peace and zen, navigating my way around the church-grounds amidst curious stares from locals on religious missions.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)
stone’s throwaway from the church
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The smell of books, libraries, canvas satchels and sneakers…
reminiscence of a life I already miss.

Travel-diary: Milano (1)

Hell yeah we conquered Duomo di Milano
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With the incredible backdrop, touristy shots are absolutely pardonable
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Sad Mickey Mouse is sad… along the crowded street in the summer heat, busking in his thick costume
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My continued Gelato-Frenzy in Italy…how could anyone resist names like Nutella and Pistachio-Banana or Hazelnut Praline Cookies?
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Most incredible thing we encountered!!
but even this seemingly impossible feat can be simply explained through the hidden mechanisms under their distracting orange robes…the dude on top is probably sleeping with his eyes open
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Lunch, the Italian way
overlooking the sidewalk where everybody eats and people-watch
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Cafe Marocchino, a well-kept Milanese secret
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Ladies and gentlemen, my hugeass Mozzarella Pizza
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Keith’s Creme Pasta
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After lunch, we stumbled upon Piazza Castello by chance.
This is me being dwarfed by giant gnomes
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Awesome ride, baby
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Betcha can’t spot the Monkeys in the castle ditch
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Blossoming flowers!! The reason why summer is so beautiful.
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