The mercury level was at its highest on Tuesday, 21st August. The glaring sun with a temperature of 39C did not deter us from a 2-hour drive 175km to North West Tuscany.
The Night Before
Mama: Boys, it’ll be a long drive tomorrow, so make sure to sleep earlier tonight. Brekkie’s at 8 sharp.
Son K: Where are we going?
Son N: Are you going to make that classic pose of pushing Pisa like those tourists?
Mama: Why, of course!! That’s cool, no?
Sons: That’s totally cringey, Ma. You better don’t make a fool of yourself!
Mama: We shall see …
Our 2-hour drive to Pisa saw us parking at a spot very near to the iconic Leaning Tower.
Infact it was the first thing we saw when we arrived at the city centre.
By the way, it IS what you see. A tilting tower, which was originally the Bell Tower of the city’s cathedral on Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles)
Gratis Models of Pisa 😀
Busloads of tourists from all over the world come to Pisa just for the Tower and bringing back with them momentos of the tilted tower saved on their mobile phones and cameras.
Now, were the poses cringey as predicted by my sons? Maybe. Maybe not.
Silly and funny perhaps, but innovative as well. The classic and predictable pretending-to-support pushing action we see on postcards and innumerable photos on the net was one, and then there’s the kissing and lifting of the tower and God knows what other poses …
While the tower was the crowd-pleaser, the Medieval Roman Catholic Cathedral next to the Tower was almost deserted, but it’s as stunning.
A Tourist Trap?
The city of Pisa is the least charming of all the Tuscan cities we have been to. It’s way too touristy. There was not much to see or do aside from admiring the tilted tower and pricey souvenirs.
A Mediocre Lunch
We were being greeted by the friendly owners of a Pizzeria Trattoria.
Canned corn, canned tuna, canned peaches. And do not expect the executed dishes to look similar to the photos of the dishes printed on the menu cards. They’re miles apart! What would you expect? It’s a simple family brasserie in a touristic area. We just fell into a tourist trap, that’s all, and we knew it.
Welcome to Pisa!
The Not-So-Cringey Pose…?
At least this tourist did not push, kiss, hug or lift the tower. For her, it’s a memory of a long drive just to stand near the tilted tower she once read in History books as one of the 7 wonders of the Medieval world.
And how’s that, boys? 😉
And by the way, how would you pose when you encounter the Leaning Tower of Pisa for the first time ?
Til my next post, arrivederci!