Today we took a short tour to Pisa. to visit their famous School of Architecture. But first, in case you were afraid this was all business and no fun, let me introduce you to one of our dinner mates. This is Prince & Princess night, and Sharon has actually just received her drink and is playing it up for the camera, but it was such a great shot I thought IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d post it here.
We pulled into port early, as always, and with a little help from our friends Mark and Reed we proceeded to get hooked up with the smallest tour, and headed out toward Pisa.
If your goal at this port is to get a taste of Tuscany, like in Under the Tuscan Sun, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go to Pisa. It is on the industrialized coastal plain.
Once we arrived at Pisa, we had to park the bus about a one mile walk from the town square. The last quarter of a mile is covered by hundreds of swindle-vendors. Three T-shirts for 10 Euros type, except here itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one T-shirt for 10 Euros. Or one umbrella (it was raining yesterday, off and on) for 5 euros.
The square at Pisa is lovely, and all the Ã¢â‚¬Å“keep off the grassÃ¢â‚¬Â signs keep it from being swarmed with people around all the buildings. The tour was short, and covered the famous tower (Torre Pendente), the less famous but far more beautiful Duomo, and also the Battistero where they perform baptisms.
Once youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done the tour, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re left with being a silly tourist, and holding up the tower and such. We spent a good 45 minutes posing with Mark and Reed and muttering under our breath at the other tourists who walked into our frame. Mark has all of our good shots on his camera, and Beci has yet to get them from him (slacker) but I do have some Ã¢â‚¬Å“making ofÃ¢â‚¬Â shots and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll add the other shots when I get themÃ¢â‚¬Â¦