This morning was no different, but I found this surprise in my inbox:
SUBJECT: History Channel - Vatican Museum
MESSAGE: Hi there,
I am working on a documentary for the History Channel called "XXXXXX & XXXXXX: XXXXXXX." I am emailing to request permission to include your photos of the Vatican Museum in our program.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Prometheus Pictures Inc.
XXXX Sunset Blvd. Suite XXXX
Los Angeles, CA 90028
So, yes, the title of the post was just to draw you in so that I can brag about my work possibly being shown on The History Channel for 4 seconds during a documentary. Honestly, I imagine this message was sent to everyone who has photos tagged "Vatican" on Flickr. And while my work may not even be selected, it was a cool way to start the day.
Also, disclaimer, I hope they were only contacting me because they wanted free shots, and not because they first contacted the Vatican and the Vatican denied them access. Because if the Vatican said no, then I may hear about it from my faculty advisor, who happens to work for the Vatican.
Regardless, there's no law that says one cannot share one's vacation photos with one's blog readers. And so, for your viewing pleasure, here are a few fun photos from my visit to The Vatican. Captions follow photos
This tapestry shows the Last Supper being conducted around a square table. Apparently this artist isn't afraid of breaking the fourth wall.
The art in the Vatican Museum isn't relegated to the walls. Every nook and cranny is covered in carvings and frescoes. This is a ceiling panel in one of the ornate rooms.
Quite possibly my favorite room in the Vatican Museum - the Map room. Perhaps it's because I like history, or because I like maps, but this room's gold ceiling may also have something to do with it.
Ah, the money shot. I'm sure I got yelled at for taking this photo (people are not encouraged to take photos in the Sistine Chapel), but I'm also sure I didn't care. C'mon, Vatican Museum Guards, you just made us speed walk through miles of museum corridors to get to what we really came to see, let us take a photo!
You can see the rest of my photos on my Flickr page.