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Issue #025, April 26, 2014—V is for Trapped in the Vatican Museum
April 26, 2014
Dear VIP (Very Important Adventuress)

V is for Trapped in the Vatican Museum

On a humid and rainy Saturday afternoon, Cam finds herself trapped in the Vatican Museum.

That weekend happened to comprise the perfect storm combining three important Italian holidays with the beginning of the busy tourist season.

The week-long festival celebrating the April 21 founding of the Eternal City by twins Romulus and Remus merged with the April 25 celebration of the liberation of Italy at the end of WW II and Labor Day on May 1 creating a hectic week of holidays for Italians.

The Vatican city-state was awash with sightseers.

Along with hundreds of other tourists, I trooped along a prescribed route through the Papal Gardens, exhibits of Egyptian and Etruscan artifacts, the hall of medieval tapestries, the magnificent art of Rafael, DaVinci, Giotto and Caravaggio, and entered the long and narrow third floor Gallery of Maps.

The extensive walls of this 400 ft. by 20 ft. passage are lined with 40 elongated frescos depicting the provinces and surrounding seas of the Italian peninsula. Commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII, the vibrant maps were created between 1580 and 1583 by Friar Ignazio Danti. Overhead, the radiant vaulted ceiling displays an array of non-geographic frescos framed in gilt.

Slowly moving through the hall, my group and 1,500 other visitors were suddenly unable to move forward, creating a ripple effect along the gallery.

To see what happened next in Cam’s adventure, with photos, CLICK HERE

Tomorrow’s AtoZ Challenge: For the letter W, I’ll show you 12 photos I’ve taken of women all over the world, many of whom are featured in my forthcoming e-photo book, "People of the World."

—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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