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My travel dilemma: the Sistene Chapel or the leather shoes…

See the Sistine Chapel or buy the shoes…

That was the dilemma I faced on my last day in Rome. I had done a quick dash through the St Peter’s Basilica the night before, but as it was close to closing time, I sped through having no idea just how much time one should set aside for the Vatican. It is a separate city afterall!

I had also ticked off the Colosseum where gladiators used to be faced with wild animals and crowds would cheer maniacally as one inevitably ripped the other apart.

Colosseum, Rome

Inside the Colosseum. Pic from Randy OHC, Flickr

I had walked down the famous Spanish steps edged in brightly coloured flowers in the Spring to the street boasting Italy’s best designers – Gucci, Christian Dior, Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo and Georgio Armani. I even saw a homeless man was wearing an Armani coat. But I guess if that’s all you’ve got to throw out, then that’s how it rolls over here.

Trastevere would be my pick for where to eat as it’s full of bistros and bars, live music, freshly cooked pizzas being ferried to diners chatting with friends under umbrellas and carafes of chianti on the tables.

And then I saw the shoe shop. It was inconspicuous and I only stumbled upon it while trying to avoid the over zealous African traders trying to force a fake bag onto me. The shoe shop was having a sale, but figuring the two pairs I was already purchasing were enough, I resisted the hot red stilettos made from the softest leather with thin straps to tie around the ankle.

Alas every girl knows that if an item haunts you long after you’ve walked away, then you must have it.

And therein lies my dilemma the next day… Go back to the Vatican and see the Sistine Chapel or go back to the shoe shop before I was due at the airport to fly home…

I confess, I’ve never seen the Sistine Chapel… But I figure it’ll always be there. Those shoes, on the other hand, would not.

Sistine chapel

Michaelangelo’s art on the walls of the Sistine Chapel. Pic from FlyNutAA on Flickr

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!