Day 9 was a day full of trains, terminals, and traveling.
We started in Florence and decided to take another day trip, this time to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. Another bucket list item of mine is to see all of the seven wonders of the world–this would be my first. There are a few different lists; I wouldn’t mind crossing them all off!
So we took a train in the morning to Pisa, and we were in and out of that little town in no time. We walked from the train station to the Tower–had some breakfast, shopped a little, and checked out a farmer’s market on the way–and spent just under two hours at the actual site. Here are some of the photos I have to show for those two hours:
(This very tourist-y picture of me probably took up a majority of the time we spent in Pisa…)
I think I remember the price of climbing to the top of the tower to be about 15 Euros and I really disagreed with that so I had to pass. Isn’t that a
little lot pricey?! I could go for a 20 minute gondola ride in Venice and have a Euro to spare with that!
Anyways. Onto more important things that don’t make me so frustrated…
We arrived back in Florence early afternoon and got to go to the Santa Maria Novella. Of all churches, I think I was least impressed with this one. The design was beautiful but the inside was average. Although I may be the only one who felt that way.
I stopped by the Gelato Festival while my mom went inside the church at the Duomo. I was wearing shorts so I wouldn’t have been allowed in–there is a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered. The Gelato Festival definitely kept me happy so I can’t really complain. I spent a whopping €8 on my last gelato in Italy. The largest cone they had stuffed with chocolate and nocciola with wafers on top. Need I say more?
Our last meal in Florence was at a restaurant called Fool’s Pizza. I particularly enjoyed their lasagna dish, and my mom had this delicious spaghetti carbonara plate.
We took a train back to Rome in the evening, and I spent the rest of the night packing and getting prepared for the following day–the beginning of the second half of my trip!
So I guess this blog marks the (almost) halfway point of my travels. In just 9 days I took 2 planes, traveled to 7 cities, rode 2 boats, climbed well over 400 steps, and made more than a handful of memories. And the best part is that I got to begin again with a new adventure the following day!
It was a pivotal moment in my 3-week journey, and I could honestly say that I looked back on the last nine days of my life and had nothing but good stories to tell and no regrets.