Weather Report: Too hot
It was hard sleeping last night due to the heat. I started reading The Bourne Identity and have been hooked since. There were lots of mosquitoes, but they prefer Vikram over me so I woke up with one bite whereas Vikram woke up with 7 bites on his left hand alone.
Pisa was very much a tourist town. There were people selling products that had recently fallen off of trucks in China (fake Prada, Louis Vuitton, you name it). The whole place was crowded with tourists; I heard a lot of English compared to normal.
The Leaning Tower is strangely small compared to what I had imagined (similar to how the Eiffel Tower was much grander than I had remembered).
Vikram and I were not too impressed by the town (we didn’t really like the people-trying-to-sell-tourists-lots-of-junk vibe and found the tower to be less impressive than the hype). However, I got immense enjoyment seeing all the people taking pictures with the Leaning Tower:
It’s pretty crazy how much the tower actually leans when you see it in real life!
While Vikram and I didn’t take any well choreographed photos with the tower, we did take some selfies (at times to take a stealthy photo of a tourist):
It was 6 before we checked into our Airbnb, so we were pretty exhausted from a day of traveling and driving around the countryside.
Our Airbnb is located in a “Limited Traffic Zone” which means we parked elsewhere and took a bus to the area. The area around the Airbnb is in the old city and is gorgeous. Here are some shots of random streets in the area:
After some time on Yelp, we selected Trattoria Nella for dinner due to its location (3 minute walk) and good reviews online. Dinner was excellent and the house wine (extremely cheap) was very good.
Sidenote: Everyone buys bottled mineral water in Italy, which we find quite
strange. In America you get free water and a good waiter won’t let your water
glass remain empty for longer than a few minutes! Also, restaurants in Italy
charge cover fees (normally about 2 euros, just to sit down). This seems fine
in a fancy restaurant, but our meals are only about 8-10 euros normally, so
2 euros seems somewhat excessive. Regardless, the
food fresh pasta in
Italy is excellent and good value.
This statue is in Piazza Santa Trinita which is only 1 minute from our Airbnb!
After dinner we walked around and found a crowded bridge.
Everyone was waiting for the sunset. To occupy myself while waiting I took some selfies with a nearby statue:
The sunset looked great!