Tuesday Morning – Overrated!!! Sistine Chapel

As the travel log evolves, I get asked many questions:

  • What is the best travel experience
  • Where is the best place
  • What is the best food you’ve had
  • Where is … where is … what is ????

A new focus of the travel log will be the Tuesday Morning Overrated!! section. Every Tuesday, I’ll have a picture of the most overrated travel destination I’ve been to and why it is completely a waste of money to visit even once.

So you get to the Vatican City. You’re all hyped on Christian nonsense … you want to see everything Christian, especially since this is the seat of Catholicism : cancer or blessing – all depends on who you ask or can’t ask due to genocide and extermination.

Anyway, I was all hyped to see the Sistine Chapel. Here are all the reasons not to bother

  1. UNIMPRESSIVE i.e. Not impressive – unless you have super eyesight, an art history major or can tell the difference between a cow scratching vs Kandinsky
  2. You have tons of time to waste : we mainly went into the Vatican Museums to see the famous Sistine Chapel… I expected to be able to see a few things on the way and spend maybe an hour in the museums. Instead, I had to walk through the entire goddamn thing to get to the Sistine Chapel – every five minutes or so there was a sign “Sistine Chapel –>” , it was a god damn artistic tease.
  3. You like being herded like sheep : Self explanatory. You get there and guards push you around and push you out.
  4. You can’t take pictures : You have to be a ninja to take pictures. You know what, I spent my money, I came all this way, got herded like sheep, I’m sweaty and now your guards don’t allow photography?Seriously!! I understand, no flash photography. I understand it slows traffic down. If the case is preservation – then don’t charge people for it and don’t open the galleries.

    Look at a few typical pictures of the Sistine Chapel or the Mona Lisa, taken with perfect light and when the room is totally empty – now go and see for yourself and try to get impressed surrounded by a group of Chinese/Japanese  tourists shouting their comments, a group of American students telling themselves how “aaaaaawesome” all it is and Dutch families complaining that it’s not worth the entrance fee.

    Was all that worth it?

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]