“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”
[Leonardo de Vinci]
It was the middle of September when I visited Rome. I was told it’s the best month to go to Europe because the weather is perfect. And it was! The day I went to the Vatican City I had on black shorts, an off-the-shoulder shirt that had the Eiffel Tower print on it, black velvet boots, and a purple scarf. It was my first time in Europe and I wanted to be prepared in case the weatherman was wrong. Which by the way, he almost always is anywhere in the world. So I walked out of the hotel room with quite a contradictory outfit.
So here I am in line to enter the church of all churches — St. Peter’s Basilica. Did you know that the word “basilica” means any church that has been given special privileges by the pope? Anyway, while in line I noticed a girl in the front of the line get booted out because her clothes were too “provocative” for St. Peter. I looked at my mom with worried eyes, then we both looked down at what I was wearing. Ummmmm… What the heck!
Drastic times call for drastic measures. I had to think quick because there were only 4 more people between me and my dream of bumping into the pope. I looked down at my outfit again and realized that I once used this same scarf as a blanket (story for another time). So I grabbed my scarf and wrapped it around my waist like a Hawaiian Sarong and I forced my off-the-shoulder shirt to stay on both shoulders. I smiled with all my teeth at the gatekeepers. They looked at me from head to teeth and to my happy surprise, they smiled back! Yaasss!!! I made it!
I still remember what I felt in that exact moment I stepped inside those enchanting walls. It just does something to you. Maybe it’s the art on the walls or that the pope conducts masses here. If I knew what zen felt like, I would label it this…
Every inch of the basilica was covered in sculptures and art. If you took the time to really observe each and every detail (like I did), it would really take your breath away. I mean, just thinking about the planning and creative thought that went into building this is exhausting! But truly, truly appreciated.