Monday, June 27, 2011

Pisa

I dont know why we werent expecting much from Pisa, but it was actually really nice. We visited on our third day of Italy and it was so very clean and that leaning tower is just something that just wows you.

It's awesome getting to see something that you've heard about since you were in elementary school. I remember seeing it in my history books and asking myself why it was leaning.

This picture is me looking up the wall that encloses the city (not a street). I'm thinking I can scale it. :)



Gelato everyday. Mmmm. No, really, we ate it every day for 10 days. Limone (lemon) and Cocca (coconut) were my favorites.



This picture was taken from the Baptistry that was just across the way.





We learned that when they built the tower, they knew almost as soon as they started that it was going to be leaning. I can't keep asking myself "then why did they continue?" but they did. And it's not just leaning a little, it looks like it could topple at anytime. I'm still not sure how its standing.




this is the Baptistry. All the churches were kinda similar in Italy. They all had a church, a baptistry, and a bell tower.



Saturday, June 25, 2011

Venice

It has been too long since the last time I posted (over a month), but I've been crazy busy trying to keep up with orders and I took a vacation to Italy that lasted waaaaaaay too long as well.

We toured the country of Italy in 10 days. It was everything I expected it to be and more. Our first stop was Venice and here are a few pictures......




These first two are St. Mark's Square. There was some kind of parade going on for boat races, not sure what that was about, but it was cool to watch.





The Grande Canal was fantastic! This picture is taken from a gondola, and you can see the boat races that were going on in the left of the picture.




This picture was taken from the waterbus. Venice was a great place for food and souvenier shopping. The narrow streets were overcome with crowds of people. It had the coolest streets you ever saw, and all the buildings were shabby with chipped paint and water damage, but all of it added to its charm.