First Stop: Pisa

The trip to Italy has begun! I’ve only wanted to go for 40 years or so, so it’s about time. I left Dayton OH on Saturday afternoon, Sep 15, 2012 and got on an international flight in Detroit Michigan about an hour and a half later.

It was a 7.5 hour flight to Paris – so even though it was only 1:30 am at home, with the 6 hour time difference it was 7:30 am in Par-ee. It was a fast night with daylight coming again so soon. I was stretching (or trying to) in my seat as we flew over the city. And I just happened to look out the window across the plane and there she was – the beautiful Eiffel Tower rising out of the morning mist. What a sight to wake up to!

From there it was an ordeal to get through the Paris airport to my connecting flight to Pisa, but I made it without incident. Unless you count profuse sweating from walking miles through terminals carrying a heavy bag. (Note to self: take more walks and put the wheels on that bag!)

Finally I landed in Pisa… which is in Tuscany… which is near the top of the front of the boot.

I was pretty exhausted and not quite sure where I was and decided I would find that famous Leaning Tower in the morning. I laid down for a rest but soon sat up with a start. It occurred to me that I had seen the Eiffel Tower earlier in the day and now I was a few minutes walk from this famous tower. How many people can say that they’ve seen both – in real life – in the same day?

Well I can because I shoved my shoes back on, grabbed a map and took off. And I have to say that the Leaning Tower is unexpectedly beautiful in person. It might be leaning but the surface has been restored to a gleaming white. It really looks like a lovely frosted cake that is about to topple. Fascinating to see.

My trip is off to a good start!

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