The Leaning Tower of Pisa
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The leaning tower is part of a church complex, made up of a cathedral and a baptistery. I wandered around the cathedral and baptistery for an hour or so while waiting to climb the leaning tower. I loved the variegated colour of the marble, and the curiously Islamic patterns used to decorate the cathedral windows and the baptistery.
That tower leans a lot! When I got on the first few steps, I felt a bit dizzy because I was trying to adjust to how the tower leaned as I climbed up. At the very top, we got wonderful views of the city of Pisa
After Pisa, we sprinted to the train station and made our way to Cinque de Terre, a coastal area of five villages perched on cliffs. The views from the train, and from our little town of Moneglia, were breathtaking.
We had a huge feast of seafood on the first night in Cinque de Terre. The restaurant owner kept bringing food and I was wondering when it would stop! We feasted, made merry, had lots of limoncello and grappa. A happy night!