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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa, from the Italian port of Livorno






The Ruby Princess docked early Friday in Livorno, the second largest port in Italy. It is a jumping off place for the tourist attractions of Florence and Pisa. MA and I chose to go to Pisa today with a group tour and had the morning free to start packing for Sunday’s disembarkation in Barcelona. We met the tour group at 12:30 and we were off the ship and in the bus by 1:00 pm headed north and east from Livorno. Our tour guide was a friendly Italian by the name of David.



We arrived near the “Field of Miracles” and parked in the tourist bus area about a half mile from the Cathedral, Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is a bell tower, and the Baptistry. I had seen Pisa in 1968 with my Air Force roommate, Bill Muzenski, and remembered it very well. MA had never seen it and she was quite amazed about how it really does lean to the south and the beautiful marble it is made from. We walked around, took photos, and entered the Cathedral where my D3s was able to capture the enormous beauty inside. The tour lasted about 4 hours and as we were walking back to the bus we got separated from the group by a pair of railroad crossing arms and we had stay behind until the train came and went. The Princess ship’s escort waited anxiously on the other side for us! We boarded the ship and set sail toward Monaco in the night.



5 comments:

  1. Hi Wayne and MA!
    Your Italian reports of the wonderful visits you made along the stops of this cruise were terrific! We loved your sense of humor about MA having her picture taken with the handsome Italian, telling her he doesn't qualify as a souvenier to take home to Houston. :) I saw your eyes twinkling over that one. Love to you both, "et bonne continuation"! Nola and Randy

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  2. Wayne/MA,

    Thanks for the update. I'm a little sad your great trip is coming to an end. Will miss the history and pictures - but when you get back we can actually talk cameras again.

    That D3S high ISO capability is great stuff!!

    Have a God blessed day - dave b.

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  3. WE BEEN THERE ON THE SUMMMER TIME IN JULY.NICE PLACE .DID YOU TRY TO HOLD THE PISE TOWER ?
    SPECIAL PHOTO .EVERYONE TOOK PHOTO TRYING TO HOLD THE PISE TOWER.
    REGARDS
    MICHEL

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  4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the belfry or freestanding bell tower of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa which is located behind the Cathedral and the third oldest structure in Pisa's Cathedral Square. I really like the history of this tower I never ever see but I want to visit once in life.

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  5. Hi Wayne/MA.....
    I like the post Hope you had take a great enjoy in your trip and also faced some good experiences there.The pictures are so beautiful and awesome.I also planned my next vacation to visit Italy and Spain.Thanks for your post.

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