Friday, October 1, 2010

Day 11 - Pisa and that crazy tilting tower

The conversation went something like this:

Nancy: “My favorite part of the day was when the singer demonstrated the acoustics of the baptistery (at Pisa, adjacent to the Cathedral and that tilting tower). What was the highlight of your day?”

Frank: “I don’t know. We haven’t had our evening meal, yet.”

The Duomo and the Leaning Tower at Pisa
Interior view of Pisa's Duomo (cathedral)
That’s the kind of day it was. After a good, but highly over-priced dinner in Lucca, I decided that perhaps my day’s highlight was the awe-inspiring interior of Pisa’s Duomo (Cathedral), or maybe the relaxing rides by train and bus through some beautiful agricultural land. We enjoyed seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa and will never forget the opportunity to see it, but it wasn’t the highlight of our day.

The Baptistery (round building at left). It leans, too.
Nancy and the Leaning Tower
The large Sunday afternoon crowd was pleasant to watch at this famous tourist site. Not so pleasant, to my eyes, was the proliferation of souvenir stands - the tackiest this side of Branson or Pigeon Forge.

We did wander away from the so-called "Field of Miracles" to see a little of the town of Pisa. Like most Italian towns visited to date, there are several bar/coffeeshops per block, a gelateria every block or so, and a Roman Catholic Church every few blocks. And the were streets were alive with folks strolling, chatting, playing with the children, generally enjoying life.

Former government building, I believe

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