Pisa, Italy Day 67

Today is all about Pisa. Well, not even the city really, just the tower. You know the one! It’s actually a pretty cool sight. There wasn’t really much else that compelled me to visit Pisa, so I just stopped for a few hours on my way to Monterosso. It was another thing to do on my bucket list, and if you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a quick stop to check it out. I remember seeing a show a few years ago (Nova or something like that on PBS) about the scientists working on the foundation of this thing to prevent it from toppling right over. It really is on quite an angle! It’s one of those things that you’ve seen in pictures and TV, but it looks so different in person. More surreal somehow. Construction of the tower started in 1173, and it started toppling after work started on the second floor. That’s because it was set into a 3 metre foundation in weak sub-soil. Construction stopped for a century because Pisa was warring with neighbouring communities, but this gave the soil time to settle and construction continued. The seventh floor was finally completed in 1319. 
Oh my god… these kids were cracking me up on these bike cars… they were bumping into each other and totally out of control.
As they were riding along they were yelling BONJOURNO to people as they passed, in their North American accent… hilarious!
People doing the “Look, I’m holding up the leaning tower” pose.
I’ve got the tower growing out of my head.
 
Are there still cigarette machines at home?
Now, I am in Monterosso al Mar. This is the first of five towns in the Cinque Terre. The other towns are Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Monterosso is the only one of the towns with a beach, so I see a little swimming in the ocean in my future! It is so beautiful here! I’m already wondering if it just might be cooler than Venice, for its uniqueness. I just got here though, so I’ll reserve my judgement until later. I got here kind of late, so I just grabbed a piece of pizza and some gelato for dinner. Tomorrow night I’m planning on hitting one of the local seafood restaurants, I peeked at some people’s plates as I was walking by and my mouth just started watering. Mussels, prawns, LOBSTER! No, lobster is not currently in my budget. But prawns? Yes.
I feel like I should make a disclaimer after my last post about “Mr. Italian man.” I just want to make clear that I know that all Italian men aren’t like some of the ones I’ve encountered. I’ve actually met quite a few who were just nice and helpful and not creepy at all. For the most part I’m just poking fun at the stereotypes (which so far have proven pretty accurate wherever) but I don’t want anyone to take me too seriously… I like to joke. That’s kind of “my thing.”

Well, three full days here in the paradise called Cinque Terre. I’m going to soak up every minute of it. Sit in the sun, eat some local delicacies, do the hike from town to town and savour my last few days in Italy. I can tell you in all honesty that not one thing about Italy disappoints. It just may be the best place on earth (despite that being Vancouver’s tag line!)

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One Response to Pisa, Italy Day 67

  1. Anonymous June 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    OH! Thank goodness you are doing the Cinque Terre walk! That is what I have been waiting to see! Watched somethng on PBS about it and it did look like paradise, so THANKS for the pics!
    Enjoying travelling along with you!
    Beth

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