We prefer to travel during the springtime and consequently have sometimes found ourselves far from home on Easter Sunday. One such time was in 2009 when we were visiting Rome and we decided to celebrate Easter by following the old adage “When in Rome…” and got on the subway headed for the Vatican to join the more than 400,000 people with the same idea: attend the Pope’s Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square.
I thought half the population of Rome was here but later discovered that the square can only hold 400,000 people!
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There was a large police presence among the throng. It took us a half-hour to get by the security x-ray stations to this point.
Huge TV screens were distributed around the square. Otherwise, most people would only see the backs of the heads of the people in front of them!
This kid was sitting on her father’s shoulders taking pictures . . .
Ans then she checked out her masterpiece!
The Pope gave an address from his balcony after the Mass.
My wife stopped to do some shopping and I stayed outside and watched the crowd go by. This photo was taken an hour after the religious ceremonies were over and people were still exiting the Piazza San Pietro.
Another photo of people leaving Piazza San Pietro. The street is Via di Porta Angelica, one of many spokes that start at the piazza. I’m standing in the Piazza del Risorgimento. We are on our way to the Ottaviano Metro Station where a subway train will take us back to our hotel.
We found ourselves abroad during Easter a few other times in recent years. In 2011 we celebrated Easter in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2015 we attended a family feast with my wife’s relatives in Sinajana, Guam — my wife’s hometown. See here for my blog posting about that Easter.
We’re staying home for Easter this year. What are you doing?
Happy Easter, everyone!