Leaning Tower of Pisa and a lost teacher, really!
Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
56Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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Traveling on the bus from Montecatini to Nice
Today we left Montecatini and headed first to Pisa, yes to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was a short drive and we woke up to another beautiful sunny warm day. All we did in Pisa was visit the Cathedral, Baptistery, and have our picture taken with the Bell Tower (or better known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa).
After all of the excitement of losing someone and worrying about what might have happened to them the bus ride, I thought, was going to be pretty anti-climatic but I was wrong in a big way. Our trip today took us through the Italian Alps and it was beautiful. The drive was about six hours total and some of that was because of traffic but the
Now before I close I have another batch of strange and unusual facts, tidbits, and things I’ve seen or learned that I didn’t really need to and most of them are related to Italy so before I close the book on Italy once and for all I will share these last few things.
The water faucet with the letter “C” in Italy means hot water not cold so don’t stand there for five minutes after turning the “F” faucet on hoping for hot water. Dahh
To get from Pisa, Italy to Nice, France requires four train changes, yes I know this because of our lost adult. Sam, Danielle, and I had four changes but it was over 36 hours with a nights rest and it was still a tiring experience. Our lost adult had four changes in about nine hours. Yuck.
Italians do not embalm bodies they bury people just the way they die. After they have been buried for ten years the grave is opened and the remains are compacted so more people can be buried. I told you I didn’t want to know every thing I learned.
Italy has a thing about covered shoulders and knees when entering a cathedral but yet all over are huge billboards with naked people on them. In addition women in Rome like to wear the worst fitting bra with the most sparkle under the lowest cut shirt I have ever seen, all this in a country where shoulders and knees have to be covered to enter a church, strange.
The students got our guide so frustrated on the bus that he actually said “ooh la la” I have never heard a guy say that before and I have a feeling I probably won’t again.
Genova, Italy is the last town in the Italian Alps before France so it is high up in the mountains and as we drove thru it we saw palm trees growing. It was different to see palm trees in the mountains that’s for sure.
While we were in Italy we were served veal for dinner. It was very good but once I found out it was veal I just couldn’t eat it anymore, I was having images of little calves frolicking in the pasture, it was just too much for me, but it was good before I knew what it was.
Besides loosing an adult today we also had a few moments when the bus driver thought we also had bus problems. Just before we entered France he had to pull off the road into a truck stop and change one of the filters.
The library in Nice looks like a square head, now 1) who came up with that idea and 2) who would fund a project like that, although strange I probably will never forget it.
During our walk through the market area in Nice this evening, I stopped to buy a small watercolor painting and upon hearing me speak the gentleman taking my Euro’s asked me where I was from, I told him the States and he promptly pulled out a map of the US and asked which one. He was really very cute about the whole thing and I kind of thought he would put a little sticky dot on Michigan when I said that was where I was from. He didn’t he just told me he was retired police and sent me on my way.
Final note for tonight, the City of Nice has bikes for rent trying to encourage less traffic. They are at bike stands all over the city, you just walk up and grab one. The first thirty minutes are free and then its like 2 Euro every hour after that, however, the bikes aren’t really working because the people driving cars ignore the bike lanes so the population of Nice is afraid to ride the bikes in fear of their lives on the streets. Kind of funny I thought.
Ok that is it for today and for Italy, tomorrow it is MONACO and then the beach, luv to all, Ann, Sam, and Danielle