Of course every day in Rome is a blessing, but today was extra nice...
I got out of school early which is always a plus because I most enjoy wandering the streets on weekdays before noon.
Then on the express bus number 40 I was next to a former professor of mine, a Dominican friar from Poland, now the Theologian of the Pontifical Household and it was great to chat.
Then I ended up in the Vatican Museums where after ten years of hoping to get into the so-called carriage museum, I finally got in (as it's only open a few dozen unannounced days each year).
Then, for the second time in my life I got into the famed "room of tears" just off the Sistine Chapel where the newly elected popes go to weep and change into their whites (tried to get a photo, but I had to respect the rules).
The carriage museum is great because you can see several old papal autos of which I really enjoy. I saw the 1930 Mercedes and 1929 Citroen and 1929 Graham Paige (from Detroit!) motor fleet of Pius XI (each donated to him just after the Lateran Treaty)!