Lean on Me

Most people will tell you Pisa is a day trip. It isn’t a place to park it for a few days.

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And, while they’re right, don’t assume that means Pisa is simply the Torre di Pisa, Tower of Pisa, and nothing else.

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I love everything about how they posed for this picture

After our 3-hour train from Rome to Pisa, the 20-minute walk to the tower was a welcomed bit of activity. I expected an uneventful walk, but was pleasantly surprised by the liveliness of the town*, as well as, this bridge crossing over the Arno River, an obvious spot for a photo shoot.

*Translation: There were plenty of stores to shop in along the way to the tower.

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I’m a sucker for bright colors and art wherever I can discover it, whether it be in buildings which have been preserved for hundreds of years or street art containing deeper messages.

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“I didn’t stretch my life, that’s why it took a bad turn”

Food was more important than the tower upon our arrival. We dipped into a local spot where we were fed the most delicious assortment of pasta for primi and a deliciously wild range of meats for secondi*.

*I would like to initiate primi and secondi in America. Because there are some days I want pasta, but I also want a main entree, and choosing between them requires more thought and concentration than choosing the right college.

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Hungry brothers

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Possibly my favorite picture from this trip

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“Now, here’s how you’re going to stand, Jon”

Traveling with Jon pretty much consisted of us telling him to stand in front of statues and do funny things.

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Nailed it.

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I’d like to summon from the past whoever designed this building and ask them to take a look at the right side of my house.

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And the anticipation builds…

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But before I could take a picture of the tower, you know I needed a few pictures of this.

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I wish I could see how this picture turned out.

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The tower is indeed leaning and in person it is even more mind boggling than any picture can convey.

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Looks like our artist friend decided to speak for the tower.

I find Pisa to be one of those must do places in Italy. Its fame, but also the experience of actually taking the tower in with your own eyes, make it a spot worth working into the vacation itinerary.

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