This morning we woke up at 5:30 to catch a train to Pisa then to one other stop then to The Cinque Terra. When we got to Pisa to change trains we found out that our train was cancelled because someone jumped in front of the train and committed suicide. I feel so bad for his family and the train conductor. We decided to stay in Pisa and go and see The Leaning Tower of Pisa! It's so much more leany than I thought it would be! (pictures don't do it justice). It poured while we were there and got really, really cold. We went in the cathedral there. It was beautiful, of course. I learned today from Katie's friend Adam Jones (who served a mission here and is visiting) that every cathedral is in the shape of a cross; the long part represents life, the cross represents death (there is always an altar there and that is where they do their sacrament) and the top of the cross represents exaltation. Only the Priest and special people get to go to the exaltation part and that is supposed to be the most beautiful part of the church. Then we caught the train back to Florence and found the indoor food market that Alisha's cousin told her about. If you come to Florence you HAVE to go there. It is called the San Lorenzo Market in Del Marcado Piazza. It is THE BEST. You can get a yummy authentic Italian meal for cheap and there are rows of cheese, meat, oils, treats, bread, etc. We got some lunch and then had fresh cannolis-so, so yummy! Sitting eating pasta while an old man played the accordion was picture esque.The best part of the whole market was the dried fruit stand. They have the yummiest dried banana chips. And the sweetest Japanese woman works there. We went twice, that's how good it is. The melon is really good too. After that, we came back to the hotel to warm up and hang out! I LOVE FLORENCE!
|Cutest old man at the market playing for everyone.|
He posed for me to take a picture.
|The yummy food at the market.|
|The Cathedral in Pisa with the leaning tower peaking out.|
|Katie and me!|
|Alisha on the train to Pisa.|
|It's so leany!|
|That's me failing to look like i'm leaning against it.|
|Gotta love the tourist pose!|
|Mel on the train to Pisa.|
|Adam and Katie on the train to Pisa.|
|On the Ponte Vecchio|
|The outside of the Duomo here reminds me of It's a Small World|
|The train ride (the part I was awake) to Florence from Rome was|