It’s our day off. I decided to post something light.
We were trying to remember when was the last time we checked in to see about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and it turns out that was about 12 years ago, to the day. So that was too long.
We have a train pass that’s good for ten days travel for two people in Italy, so we got on the train at the Santa Maria Novella station in Florence. An hour later we were getting off the train in Pisa.
The train station was a place we knew well from 12 years ago. It was the scene of the famous train mix-up in which at the last minutes they changed the designated platform for the Florence train. Barbara and I made the switch in time, but two Italian men did not. They assured us we were on the wrong train and were gabbing for several minutes before one of them looked out the window. Surprise, surprise!
The famous tower is through the square and up the street and across the bridge and then up the street some more. But not before a nice lunch. What, Pizza again?
The tower was still leaning when we got there. Some things never get fixed. I used the tripod and timer to get a group photo.
Afterwards, a nice walk around Pisa to see what else was new. No surprise, Barbara found a yarn shop. Fortunately it appears to have closed up long ago.
Back at the infamous Pisa station Barbara spotted a train leaving for Florence immediately. We got on. A hasty decision, it turned out. This train went to Pisa, but not directly. We got to see Lucca, Pistoia and Prato before Florence. Took an extra hour, but we did observe that Pistoia near Florence seems to be the plant nursery capital of Italy. The region is miles and miles of shrubs and trees under cultivation in pots, in neat rows in plots of land and under protective cover.
Back in Florence–pizza again for dinner.