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August 7, 2014 – Livorno
Today we opened our drapes to see a working shipping dock in the port city of Livorno. The cruise ships use it as the gateway for excursions to Florence, Tuscany, and Cinque Terre. Since we are coming back to Tuscany and Florence at the end of our cruise, we opted to just visit the port city. We disembarked at noon and found a shuttle bus waiting for cruise ship passengers. For five Euros they transported us ...
... bit pedestrian. But hold that thought.
Would you attempt it?
I wouldn't. Taking a Scooter nearly 2,000 miles will be an extraordinary achievement.
It's been leaking oil again and spent some time in a Vespa repair shop.
"It should be OK, don't worry," Paul was told.
Soggy Sat Nav is playing up again so Paul could end up anywhere. Perhaps he could inadvertently match the efforts of the heroes featured at ...
... in Europe. It is a building separate from the cathedral, because baptisms were so important. A stunning, circular building, with apparently perfect acoustics. The song the man sang for us sounded brilliant. This building is also crooked due to the unstable gound. Its lean is only .6 deg, so it is hardly noticeable
Back out into the blinding sunshine and across the square into the Cathedral, which was begun in 1093 ...
Well, the port didn't change but the city did. We were supposed to go to Pisa and Florence, Italy but Florence was cancelled because of a bicycle event that closed down access to most of the town. We had a private tour scheduled but even Holland America changed around all their tours as well. Mom wanted to see the birthplace of her mother but instead, we went to Lucca followed by the Tower of Pisa in the afternoon. We were split up into ...
... of the "Popes". Quite an interesting story of power and how it was all reflected in the City. After the tour which only touched on the highlights of Florence, we stopped for a quick bite of pasta which was excellent (see the pics) and then off to Pisa. We went to make sure the tower was still leaning and low and behold it was. We each had our picture taken holding up the tower which seems to be a requirement for all those that visit Pisa. We then drove back ...