Day Trips to Pisa and Bologna

Trip Start Jan 21, 2005
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Trip End Aug 20, 2005


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Saturday, February 5, 2005

This weekend we took two day trips to Pisa and Bologna. This was our way of discovering Tuscany before we started traveling Europe.

I took the first train to Pisa and got off at the wrong station. It wasn't anything to worry about, just a thirty minute walk back to the tourist part. Pisa is an absolutely beautiful city and we immediately headed for its only attraction: the leaning tower.

The tower looks exactly like the one in Morton Grove. All it needed was Jake's diner and the Halo building to complete the west Touhy experience. We all bought tickets to climb the tower and see the amazing view from the top. However, the climb was very demanding. Not only was I climbing to the top of a large tower, but the tower is slanted and you can feel it as you walk. A woman hyperventilated at the top and had to be brought down by paramedics. I think she was faking and just wanted to be carried.

The view was amazing, the tower overlooked not only all of Pisa, but also the mountains and beautiful Tuscan hills. Although the view was incredible, we rushed down quickly and were VERY happy to be back on the ground. We then saw a church and went home.

The next day our group went to Bologna to see Europe's oldest university and another church. I think cathedrals and United Colors of Benetton stores are competing to be Europe's very own Starbucks. There is at least one of each on every corner.

Bologna was kind of disappointing. The city was dirty, the university was dirty, and the church was... very dirty. The best moments in Bologna were actually an incredible lunch I had and the Bongos Stephanie bought at a flea market.

I hope everyone enjoys these pictures. I've recently learned that my friends are giving their friends at home my travel pod so they don't have to write. You are all more than welcome to subscribe.

Brian
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