Day 8 - morning
Glancing at the clock inside the motor coach, it was exactly 8:00am when we left Florence and travelled west towards the coast before arriving one and a half hours later……guess where!!! At Pisa, the world renowned town where I was finally going to see the famous leaning tower in the "Field of Miracles"! I was quite excited to be here having all my life heard so much about the tower! Who hadn't!
We followed our guide Ernesta along a huge brick wall in which shortly afterwards a short ride was taken in a small locomotive train. I guess we could have walked the short distance but hey, it saved us some steps! This brought us directly to the gate’s entrance of the Field of Miracles! Anticipation grew inside of me as we got closer and closer!
Looking in the horizon, I couldn’t have asked for any better day! The temperature was warm without being too cold and the sky, a beautiful blue color with only a few clouds! Yeahhh! Exactly the ingredients required for my pictures!
By holding the entrance’s ticket with one hand and pushing the bar with the other one, the gate was crossed and within a matter of minutes, the white marble Pisa Tower leaning on the right side stood in front of me! It was exactly what I had imagined it to be and seen in pictures……but even better in person! It was so amazing!
Our guide was a great help in advising us the best places to stand to take pictures. So, you can imagine how crazy I went with them once more. People all around me were doing various funny poses in which it didn’t take me very long to catch up to them and doing the same thing. With my imagination, plus with the help of Michel, lovely ones were taken. You be the judge! And yes, I did take some pictures of Michel as well! Ha, ha, ha!
Right next to the Pisa Tower stood a Cathedral and a Baptistry; the entire area called the “Cathedral Square” By continuing reading a pamphlet given to me at the entrance, I also learned that the white marble Pisa Tower was the third oldest structure of these three and that its three stage construction started in 1173 and ran across 344 years. Interesting facts!
Now the famous question!!! Why is it leaning! Apparently, the tower’s tilt began during its construction and was caused by inadequate foundation on the ground being too soft on one side to properly support its weight. The tilt increased in the decades that followed before the structure was even completed. Since over the centuries the Pisa Tower began to lean even further and eventually would have broken, efforts were made in the late 20th
and early 21th centuries to save it. The tower was therefore stabilized and the tilt partially corrected! Hip, hip, hurrah! Interesting facts! Of course, I knew all of this! Ha, ha, ha!
I desperately wanted to go way up to the top of the Pisa Tower! Who wouldn’t! So, after Michel waited in line for a good fifteen minutes just to purchase the tickets, we found out that the scheduled time would have been when we would have left the place! Groannnn! All the other scheduled time before were sold out! Oh well, can’t have everything!
The rest of our stay here was spent wandering around these three structures and touching with my very bare hands the Pisa Tower! Yeahhh! Plus, let’s not forget, I did take the time to shop around at the souvenir stalls located all around the place! Small items were purchased one of them being a miniature Pisa Tower!
It was 11:00am when we left after having stayed here a good hour and a half!Monique :-)