Every Wednesday morning the Pope gives a talk in Saint Peter’s Square and does so in many different languages. We were suppose to do a tour of the Vatican that September morning when we were in Rome. The tour was to meet in the square and after he spoke in English it was to begin. Well we slept too late and missed the tour but as we approached St Peter’s square we could hear him still speaking over the loudspeakers..
We entered the square and were situated way in the back against these wooden barricades that separated us from the people in front of us about twenty feet away. We could see the Pope way up in front of us. His orange hat looked like a little dot. I took a shot from there just to be able to say “See that little orange dot? That’s the Pope”.
After he spoke I could see him stepping down from where he was speaking. The “orange dot” all of a sudden started to move back and forth among the crowd. I suddenly realized that the barricades we were right up against were to give him a path to drive through the crowd and that he would be passing only a few feet in front of us! Of course I started snapping away as he passed.
We were never expecting to see the Pope on our visit, let alone being that close. Good thing we slept in!