Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pisa, Italy

Pisa - Yet another city that gets a bad reputation. Everyone I know that has been to Pisa says something along the lines of, "only a tower there, nothing else to see," or "DON'T stay there, nothing to see/do." Wrong and wrong again. While I would never recommend going in the heat of the summer and tourist season (ahem, July), we found it to be a cute, typical Italian town with lots to offer.. and we were only there for the afternoon.

The Leaning Tower itself, not incredibly impressive.. and, like most European monuments, UNDER CONSTRUCTION, of course (see the scaffolding?)! But we got to see it, mark it off our list, and explore the town (in 100F degrees- - eesh), in between our stays in Verona and Cinque Terre. While the Tower itself was only so-so, it was quite an entertaining people-watching scene - all those tourists pretending to hold up the tower with their hands, feet, bum, or anything else you can think of. Imagine, hundreds of people on a green lawn, right in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, posed in some comical position to take a goofy picture. One person, not so funny. Hundreds = hilarious.

Of course, the only picture we got of ourselves in Pisa is above, with the tiniest portion of the actual tower in it. I guess that's what you get when you ask a half-blind, 80 year old Italian woman who doesn't speak English to take your picture! But seriously, who takes a picture of the tower horizontally?! Oh well.

Is the Tower in there anywhere?
the Leaning Tower of Pisa: Under Construction

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