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Glimpses of Vatican City

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With the papal conclave well under way, there are images of St. Peter’s Square all over the news, and I can’t help but think of my day spent in St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museum last November. The weather was gorgeous, the Square wasn’t too crowded, and I was fortunate enough to be able to see at leisure some of the world’s finest art from just inches away. Also, it’s as good a time as any to share some of my photos from that day on the blog.

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I don’t have any photos of the Sistine Chapel because you’re not allowed to take any and I’m not nearly subtle enough to try and get away with it. Suffice it to say that it’s absolutely stunning and inspiring.

Of Sculptures. And More Sculptures.

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If you’ve been to Rome, you’re more than likely to notice sculptures. Everywhere. From the fountains to the museums, Rome is full of some of the most breathtaking sculptures I’ve ever seen. I don’t have a single artistic bone in my body, and certainly not the hand-eye co-ordination required to be able to even mould Play-Doh, so I was just in awe of these great, ancient pieces of art just adorning the streets and piazzas and so accessible to everybody.

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Although the Vatican Museum has some gorgeous paintings by the masters of art, the smaller selection of sculptures certainly deserve their place in one of the world’s most famous museums.

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If I had to choose the sculpture I liked most (and I certainly didn’t see them all), it would be down to the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), and I don’t think I could pick between the two.

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If you’ve been to Rome, do you have one sculpture that just took your breath away?

PS: Please forgive the inundation of photos from Europe. I took a LOT of photos while there, and Rome and Paris are just so gorgeous that I love sharing them.

Looking Through The Window

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One summer day last year, I happened to have my camera with me when I went to my friend’s house for coffee. While the water was boiling, I looked out of the window and for the first time noticed the bougainvilleas in bloom. It was late afternoon and the flowers looked pretty with Mumbai’s Fort area in the background, so I took the photo above. I’ve always like the photo, but never given it much thought.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the Vatican Museum and looked out of the window to see the gorgeous view below.

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It was literally the middle of the day, which means only bright sunlight and shadows. It also looks nothing like my Mumbai photo, but for some reason I was reminded of it – they’re two drastically different landscapes taken at two very different times of the year, yet each represents the place in some small way.

Every morning while on vacation in Paris I thought to myself, “I need to take a photograph of this pretty little street from the hotel window”. The boulangeries and cafés that dotted the square looked perfect against the fall foliage and are very representative of the city. Guess who’s kicking herself now for never actually getting around to taking that photo?