There's always a Plan B
Pisa and Lucca
So on the second train to Pisa I realized I left my tour book and map on the breakfast table! I must admit I had small moment of not knowing what to do... turning around and going all the way back was not an option, so plan B... I wing it!!
I got off the train and looked up expecting to see the Leaning Tower -- but that would have been too easy. So I strolled down a cool looking street and went into a local grocery store and ask at the service desk for directions. But I must admit I did not know how to ask... it seemed rude to say where's the LEANING Tower? Since they know it's leaning, why point that out? So I was trying to come up with a question and the woman -- who must get this question several times a day, told me the TOWER (notice she left out the fact that is was leaning!) was just a short walk from where I was!! How cool was that?
All my life I wanted to get a chance to touch the tower before it fell! Today was my day. Not only was I able to touch it, I was allowed to walk up the 240 steps to the top! Notice this time I knew how many steps it would take! See you can teach this old dog new tricks. Pisa had just finished a 10 year renovation of the tower and let me tell you, they did an awesome job. They were able to stabilize the tower and preserve it -- it looked brand new!
I ate an amazing lunch in Pisa before moving onto to Lucca. I did notice that silly smile following me again!!
Just a short train ride to Lucca and I'm so glad I did not miss seeing this ancient city. I will post the pictures of the walls surrounding the city and big city gates -- very impressive. I did a LOT OF SHOPPING! Because.... well because I could! I had a quick cafe latte in a local shop and boarded the train back to my hotel.
What a fun day -- Tomorrow I start my long journey home -- Florence to Milano to NYC to HOME on Friday --
Thank you all for your prayers --- this was a trip of a lifetime -- So happy I did not pass it up!!