Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
51Trip End Jul 26, 2011
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Our first stop was Pisa - of course you all know about the architectural project gone terribly wrong. I always thought the leaning tower was built and then it started to lean. In fact after building it 1 metre they realised it was leaning. So they took 150 years - 50 of those years they were deciding whether to finish it because of the lean. They tried to correct it near the top, and you can actually see where it curves. We walked around this and went into the Cathedral where the Sunday church service was on and around the Baptistry. It was really crowded with people as a number of the cruise ship buses had arrived. Most of them then went off to Florence or Cinque Terre but we decided to do smaller places which was a wise decision! Apart from “semen” between the bricks (instead of cement), everything was easy to understand!
Our next stop in Tuscany was Lucca a 16th and 17th century old city hidden behind Renaissance walls (and one of the few that survived being destroyed in the war around this area)
We then had a lovely drive up into the hills to a village perched on the top called Montecarlo. Again it had a wall that surrounded it with lovely arched gates, but it looked over the beautiful Tuscan fields - grapevines, olive trees etc. We stopped here for a famous Avicgado?? not sure of spelling - gelato icecream with hot coffee for those who desired. It was great (Lee)
On our way back to the boat we saw many fields with beautiful yellow sunflowers in full bloom. As we were on the freeway it was difficult to stop. We were able to pull over at a gas station. I was determined (surprise, surprise) to go down amongst them - much to Lee’s chagrin! Also Ryan and Jarrod were keen! So over barbed wire fences, blackberry bushes, steep slippery grass slopes and ditches - we made it.