TBT - Italy | Pisa
Just going to warn you now, there is no cheesy photo of me trying to hold up the leaning tower of Pisa with my hand. I did however, get photos adorned with countless individuals in the background attempting to do just that.
Before we get to that though, we had a rather unique experience, to us anyways, when trying to use the bathroom at the bus station on the way to Pisa.
We had been driving towards the city, and our directions took us to a parking lot where we would be able to park the RV and then have a bus take us to the actual monument. We bought our tickets, but decided to use the bathroom before we left. We attempted to walk in, but were stopped by a revolving turnstile. You couldn’t get into the bathroom until you PAID! I had never seen anything like this before, so I was a little surprised at first. Then I thought about it, and it kind of made sense in such a touristy area where there were no other bathrooms for a good while.
Finally, we boarded the bus and headed for the leaning tower. Once we got there, it was a short walk to the actual monument. I’ll be honest, it was nice to see, but I wasn’t really wowed by it. I guess that’s why we just made a quick stop in Pisa, and didn’t bother trying to stay overnight. What I did find interesting though, was that there was another building that had been built very close to the tower, and the horizontal lines of that building were also uneven.
After we got our fill of the tower and the gigantic gaggle of tourists surrounding it, we walked through the city streets, and found ourselves at a small charming piazza. It was a cute little town with some restaurants and cafes, and of course gelato that we indulged in.
It was actually here, in Pisa that I bought a turquoise leather purse for my friend Tash. It’s a cross body bag done in a bright turquoise leather with two zippers that met in the middle creating a “V” shape. It’s actually a really nice bag, and I’m sad that I didn’t get one for myself in a magenta or chartreuse. Of course, I’m currently looking for a bag with a bright pop of colour.
It’s actually a funny story how I bought the bag. I was attempting to barter with the man selling the bags, which I learned I am horrible at.
He was asking €20 for the bag, but I only wanted to pay 15. So I tell him that I only have €15, so could he give it to me for that price? He grudgingly agreed, and I proceeded to hand him a €20 bill, which I just claimed that I didn’t have. See? Horrible at bartering. Or I was just being an idiot. Probably the later.
After my embarrassing shopping experience, we took the bus back to our RV and were on our way to Cinque Terre, aka one of the most beautiful places on earth!!
I can’t wait to share the gorgeous photos and stories that we have from our time there, so stay tuned 🙂
Have you ever been to Pisa before? Did you think it was worth the visit? Let me know!