Pisa..The City of Leaning Towers and Naked Statues
Sep 10, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
. I asked the man at the newspaper stand if there was a bus to go to the Leaning Tower, he said "yes, but not today, the busses are on strike." That's Wonderful. He then gave us very simple walking directions, it was a straight shot on one street. We had realized before that Italy was hot but it really hit us during this 30 minute walk in the sun. We finally arrived at the Leaning Tower which was leaning more in person than I thought and less than Rachel thought. We took a couple normal pictures in front of it while watching people do the "holding the tower up" pose all around us. Then we decided that we will never see these people again and stuck our hands up like we were holding the tower. We got some weird stares while we stood there with our hands up with the person holding the camera saying "raise your top hand" and "tip your bottom hand more towards the tower." We looked like typical tourists. We had heard that the inside was disappointing so we didn't even bother checking the price to go in. There was a restaurant just a little ways from the tower that had a pretty good deal, a pizza, salad, and coke for 7 euros, so we decided to eat there. We sat at a table outside which had a view of the leaning tower...it was another one of those "wow, I can't believe we are actually here!" moments. The pizza ended up being less the size of a personal pan and more of a small pizza for each of us...that's Italy for you. We had a little bit of entertainment while we were eating also. There are people around the entrance for the leaning tower that are selling stuff like knock off bags and sunglasses. While we were sitting outside we saw about five guys sprint down the street with their knock off goods while periodically glancing behind them. We looked down the street where they came from and noticed that two policemen had leisurely rode up on bicycles. One of the policemen was so heavy that I am willing to bet he could not catch the sprinters on his bicycle if he wanted to. I guess one of the salesmen had not gotten his stuff up fast enough so we watched as the policemen proceeded to take all of his stuff off the ground. After we finished eating we went to the Palazzo Vecchio Square to see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and a replica of Michael Angelo's David statue (we didn't want to pay to see the real one). We all felt a little awkward taking pictures of a statue of a naked man...but it's famous. We only spent about half an hour there then headed to get on our bus to Rome.
Our hotel finding experience in Florence was a lot better than Venice! We only made one wrong exit on a roundabout before we were able to find it. Once we got settled in our hotel we decided that we needed to do laundry, some of our clothes were still wet from our adventure through the rain and we had been running out of clean clothes the last couple of days. Thankfully there was a laundry mat right down the street so we headed out with our two large trash bags full of dirty clothes. While we were waiting on our clothes we decided to kill some time and eat dinner. Alyse and I went a couple blocks down and got three different types of pasta to bring back. We all ate a little bit of each pasta and decided that all of them were great. Once our clothes were dry we made our short walk back to the hotel and crashed for the night. The next morning we took an hour long train to Pisa. At the train station we were going to hop a bus to take us to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We stood at the bus stop for a couple minutes before we decided to go back in the train station and ask if we were trying to get on the right bus
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