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Published: September 10th 2013
I wake up and Drew is already up and in the shower. Ok, wait a minute let’s review that first line. Drew is up and in the shower. Am I dreaming? No, it’s for real. He comes out, I go in this is going to be a great day.
We head down stairs and eat breakfast, and at the same time we discuss our agenda for today. Drew agrees, first Pisa, Second Luca and third Greve.
Our hotel gives us great directions and Drew navigates me to the FREE parking. We hop out of the car and start walking toward the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s about a 5-minute walk and as we turn the corner there it is. Let’s hurry before it falls over I say to Drew. He just rolls his eyes at me.
Were here early so we get our tickets and were scheduled for the 9:15 entry to the tower. We walk around using up 15 minutes taking pictures and just enjoying all the Chinese running back and forth-taking pictures.
Were in line and we enter the tower; better said I trip into the tower. The floor is not level; Trey would not
like this I’m thinking. We start listening to the 5-minute talk from the tower keeper and at the 4-minute mark 25 plus Chinese run in. The Tower lady rolls her eyes and starts over. You would think their watches work like mine does. Maybe not, Hummmm.
Once our guide finishes she directs us to the stairs, I grab Drew’s arm and say let’s let them go. They scramble up the stairs like the tower is gong to fall in the next hour. Once they are gone Drew and I casually start our climb. I let Drew go first and I just follow. Well guess what we catch them I guess those short legs just can’t handle that many steps. LOL.
We reach the top and it’s beautiful, a panoramic view of Pisa, the Cathedral and Baptistery.
After descending the 7 stories, yes seven, we walk toward the Baptistery. Everyone else is lined up in front of the cathedral. Sort of like when everyone ran over to our Zurich flight we walked to their Stuttgart flight. Yea!
The Baptistery was nice it became even nicer when they closed the doors. A young man walked onto the alter
and began chanting. His voice echoed through the Baptistery, I could only image how a real sermon would have sounded. It was beautiful and captured our complete attention.
Once we were done with the Baptistery we walked toward the cathedral the line was long but moving. I suggested to Drew let’s do the museum and then finish with the cathedral. Dad I really want to see the cathedral, I know but I’m thinking the line will be totally gone by the time were done with the museum.
As we came out of the museum the line was gone and Drew says good call. We walked through the cathedral. I believe Drew loved it totally. He kept pointing to the art saying I studied that and that and that. They’re so large; I just can’t believe there is this much art here. Me I just smiled and tear up.
Were back to the car and on our way to Luca, just 20 Kilometers. I tell Drew we’ll eat lunch once we get there. We arrive park just outside the city wall and away we go. Within 5-minutes Drew spots a Pizzeria. No problem they have café tables. My
legs are tired. We eat and take a nice break.
Once we’re finish we explore Luca lot’s of streets all going in circles we finally find the center. It was built in 380 BC; Drew looks at me and says that’s OLD. Yea!
We find our way back to the car and were on the road toward Greve in Chianti. Some of you might remember this. Last year Bea, Kirsten and I were here for 3 plus days. It was the Chianti Festival.
Drew and I visit Greve and Castellina just 15 Kilometers south. We walk the villages and Drew stops and says, “ I now get it dad, why you love visiting here”. I’ll be coming back.
We sit down and have dinner and a bottle of wine. Our lives just took a step closer together.
Yes there is a God, and he lives in Italy!
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