This photo is courtesy of our friend Sue. Relayed by Frank & Linda (on She and her husband Gene (in red) are now in Panama, where it is a little warmer than the photo. Here the 6 Musketeers were all waiting for the Vatican Museum to open. It was free one day a month and since it was normally expensive, that was a popular day. Some said the line sometimes grows to 5 km long. Dave & Janet came 6 times for free, always very early to be at the front of the line, but there were always a few hundred people earlier. The line builds quickly. There is a VERY popular coffee shop across from the entrance, with hot drinks AND a toilet for customers. No fools they.
When Dave’s mom visited us in Rome, we all paid the full price as she was not there on the free day and to get up that early and wait in the cold was not a good idea for her. This museum always was a life changing treat and almost every time, some rooms that we’d seen before were closed for maintenance and new rooms were open. The museum was always packed, but well worth it.
We got mom a free wheelchair and given the many kilometers of halls, it would not be dumb to get a wheelchair and take turns pushing each other. But, the building is not very wheelchair friendly and a few places are hard to get into or out of with a chair.
It is such a complicated collection of buildings that we downloaded maps to be able to navigate and not miss whole areas. They have a good website. Some of the World’s best art is there.
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