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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pisa

Plan A:    We depart Bologna on Friday, catch 3 different trains and arrive in Monterosso in the Cinque Terre.    RJ and I have been looking forward to this since we first read about the area.

Plan B:    We find out there is a train strike scheduled for Friday.    None of the local trains will be running.     It appears our train from Pisa to Monterosso will probably run, although there is bound to be delays.      We decide to leave Bologna a day early and spend the night in Pisa.    Not a bad idea and we are able to get a room.

Plan C:    After we arrive in Pisa we find out that heavy rains are predicted again for Monterosso and there is a flooding alert.     This is not good.     They have had really bad floods the last few years with lives lost.   Our apartment rental is in the low area of town.    The Mayor has again asked tourists to stay away.    That makes it a "no brainer".    We will not be visiting the Cinque Terre this trip.   We decide to head over to Florence.      Wait, the trains aren't running!

Plan D:   We are able to extend our hotel room for another night in Pisa and will leave for Florence on Saturday.   Okay, we didn't need Plan E after all...........................

Now, on to the pictures of Pisa.




















I don't know anything about this mural other than it is a popular tourist stop.    There's a lot to see in it if you give it a good look.






I had RJ stand next to the building wall to give you an idea of the size of this piece of art.





Every time we came to one of the bridges there were beautiful reflections - it was so nice having the sun out and blue skies!







Don't remember what we had for lunch   (food isn't as memorable as in Bologna).  




We found a nice, very popular, restaurant for dinner.    There were about 25 people waiting to get in when they opened the doors at 1930.   Menu offered some seafood which we haven't had in a while.   I chose the Gnocchi with Prawns.     It was very good, but imagine my surprise when the prawns weren't the large ones we are used to in the Midwest, but the spindley ones     I jokingly told RJ they were newborn prawns.  


This Fallen Angel is near the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa





This is part of the wall surrounding the Old City.
























We spent a couple hours at the Amedeo Modigliani art exhibit at Palazza Blu.      He wasdefinitely part of the artistic scene following his move to Paris in 1906.  Photography wasn't allowed.

This street artist was very good.    He's using chalk, so he must start over each day.





Instead of a funny street sign, I give you this dispenser for condoms.    Proudly displayed in a busy up-scale shopping/restaurant area.





The Chiesa Cattedrale di Pisa







We had beautiful color in the sky at sunset.














Tomorrow we leave for Florence - wish us luck...................



3 comments:

  1. Each one of your photos are picture postcards. Thanks for sharing. Here was an interesting article I came across and thought of you. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ella-jameson/europes-hidden-cities_b_5803834.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000032 One never knows what hides off the beaten path.

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  2. I'm glad your sharing all these beautiful photos with us....I feel like we are along for the tour. Also, that you are too busy to enter LACC as that evening sunset is a WINNER!

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  3. I agree with those above - each scene is stunning due to your good eye for photos.
    It's good you are flexible and maintaining a sense of humor with all the changes...not everyone would be so easygoing about it.

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