Traveling abroad is an eye-opening experience. And in some cases, one eye isn't enough. I returned from about 12 days in Italy this past week. The entire trip was full of great sights, sounds, food, people, art, architecture, history, etc. Rome, Venice, Assisi, Orvieto, and Tivoli were some of the towns I spent time in. First of all, I just want to say it was an amazing trip. And I left with a common dilemma: Will I ever return? There's just so much more to see in Italy. But there's so much more to see in the world. I have a feeling I'll be back.
With that said, something disturbed me a little on the trip. And being in the touristy Rome, I was able to indentify it across all cultures, people, and ages. It was a complete disregard to rules. In almost all of the churches I visited, there were two main rules: No photos and be quiet. Easy enough, right?
I don't think so. Security guards were forced to scour the floor shushing people and hollering out, "No photo!" It didn't stop people. At times, it made them louder. More and more people tried to sneak shots of the paintings from under their jackets and between their friends. It was sad and very aggravating. If you're going to visit something that is cherished, historical, and to many people sacred, why can't you respect the rules? It's irritating to see kids watch these adults ignore simple rules. There are some great lessons to be learned, or not learned, there.
Ninety percent of the photos will be blurry anyway. Buy a postcard.