Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 24th - Pisa and Lucca


Today felt like a long day. And it's not really even over. It's only 8:00. We could go out and do a bunch of other things. The night is young and it's Florence's Saints Day. There will be fireworks later. The final of the historic soccer games is occurring right now. The big game between Italy and..., England (?) (I think that's right) is happening tonight. There's stuff to do and see.

However, instead of doing any of that, I think we're just going to enjoy the night in. We've already had dinner, so we're good to go.

But what did we do today?

Well, let's see....

We got up early and met Ketzi and walked to the Santa Maria Novella Station to meet up with a group from the Italian language school to catch the train to Lucca. Off to Lucca, we arrived and entered the city, walking around the city walls that are all still intact. They're wide walls with gardens on top.

Walking around the city we stopped at various buildings and cathedrals. Lunch we had at a little cafe just outside the inner Colosseum circle of Lucca. It's a pretty cool area because you inside and all the buildings flow mostly seamlessly from one to the next, dating the circle back to its original use.











After lunch we headed back to the train and headed for Pisa. Everything you'd expect and more! We of course visited the leaning tower, but so often people forget to mention that there is a beautiful cathedral, baptistry, and other buildings there. The tower was cool, but it was mostly just fun to laugh at all the people doing the "supporting the leaning tower" pose. No, I was not one of them.


 







After lunch we headed back to the train and headed for Pisa. Everything you'd expect and more! We of course visited the leaning tower, but so often people forget to mention that there is a beautiful cathedral, baptistry, and other buildings there. The tower was cool, but it was mostly just fun to laugh at all the people doing the "supporting the leaning tower" pose. No, I was not one of them.

Following that we walked around, seeing a few more sites and then heading for the train. Quick ride home! Under an hour.

Getting off the train we realized how exhausted we were and how much more than almost anything (aside from getting dinner) we just wanted to go home and rest. So here we are. :)

I think I'll post the photos tomorrow. They take awhile to upload.

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