Although I missed the 9 o'clock tour by only 20 minutes, another was scheduled for 11 am. Rather than take the tour with a French-speaking guide at 10, I relaxed and waited for the English-speaking tour.
Roselina was our tour guide. I can't say enough about her enthusiasm, her professionalism, and her knowledge of each of the areas which we toured. Prior to our entering the Sistine Chapel, she pointed out several anomalies in Michelangelo's works that many people don't know about. This made the visit all the more intriguing and will be long remembered. I am so glad that I scheduled this tour and will always remember Rome with fondness. The people that I encountered there were some of the friendliest and helpful persons in Europe.
I didn't get to take this much-wanted tour. On the day before my ship docked I learned that SATA airline had cancelled my flight on the 25th of April. Additionally, the airline cancelled the flights on the 23rd and the 24th. The earliest I could leave would have been on the 27th. (And by now I wasn't sure that they would fly then)! After disembarking the Brilliance of the Seas and checking into the Real Palacio, I went looking for another way to get home. Fortunately, SATA and TAP offices are across the street from one another on Ave. Libertade (not far from the hotel). I made arrangements to fly out the next day when TAP had seats. Several other persons from the ship had the same problem, even one of the bands on board was caught in this debacle. Thus I had to forgo my tour of Sintra and Cascais. Ah, well, maybe someday!
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