A little Lucca goes a loooong way!
Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
13Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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We were all off to Lucca in the pouring rain, and have to realize that one day of rain in a month is pretty damn good, Dianne got to wear her new expensive Magellan rain coat. We caught the train at 10:38am - it was the milk run. We arrived in Lucca at 1:30pm. Lucca is 50km from Florence. Our hotel picked us up ar the train station, thankfully, as it was pouring. We settled in and started exploring (rain and all). We entered the walled city via San Pietro's gate and wondered around and window shopped before we stopped to eat. The streets are narrow and ancient. The structures are intact since Lucca was never bombed in the war.
The next day we walked around the wall - on top of it actually, It's a wide shady paved path around the whole town, five kilometers. It is a lovely renaissance wall It took a hundred years to build and took one third of the town's income.The people thought it was worth it as it kept out the Florentine's and the Pisans
The next day, we were off to visit Pisa. Everyone needs to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is truly amazing! We were awestruck by the phenomenon. The tower is 200 feet tall and leans 15 feet off the vertical axis. It took 2 centuries to build, starting in 1173. In the large Campo, which is what the square is called, is the cathedral and baptistry. A beautiful blue sky was the backdrop for the marble buildings. We wandered the grounds and took lots of pictures. Because we were heavily burdened with our backpacks, we did not climb the tower. We had a nice lunch on a restaurant terrace, and then Antonio, our handsome, hunky, Italian taxi driver picked us up and returned us to the train station ( a round troip ticket to Pisa, 6 euros). We then took the milk run, by second class, back to Florence. We are definitely first class ladies.
Today is a rest day which includes laundry and grocery shopping.
Karen continues to savour her experiences but is tired and misses Don, friends, and all the comforts of home.
Love to all,
Le quatro sorelle.
Dianne, Karen, Becky and Laurie