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Pisa is a tourist town. All the menus are in English and German. All the signs are in English. And all the Italians look bored.

This doesn’t make it any less pretty or the lean on that tower any less ridiculous. I did the tourist shot, but I don’t really want to show anyone. I look like a goon.

It was mentioned that there’s all this hype over this building that some goose totally assed up when just next to it is a gorgeous example of how to get a building right.

The baptistry really is lovely but more importantly, it’s straight (ish, everything in Pisa seems to have a bit of a lean).

After the sightseeing there was lunch. I’ve developed an affection for the house wine – bianco or rosso della casa. Today’s half litre reminded me a bit of apple cider. And yes, I’m sharing, it’s not all for me.

Gelati was also something I wanted to do today, so after lunch and a but of a stroll to the cities river and walls I got myself strawberry and coffee gelati and sat on the grass behind the baptistry and watched the other tourists look like spanners as they pose around the tower.

Rome II

This morning was a chocolate croissant and cuppercino made for me by an old fellow who thought my bad Italian was hilarious and rewarded my efforts with a heart shape in my froth.

Walked to the Trevi fountain and was blown away by it’s size. And
by how ripped the old dude (Neptune?) in the middle was. Pretty sure I managed to photo bomb at least two photos. Go me.

Stopped by Bernini’s fountain and was tempted by gelati but we had apparently wandered into the home of “The best tartuffo in Rome” and were compelled to test that claim. Sat by the fountain and totally gorged myself on the most chocolatty-chocolate desert I’ve ever chocolated. Then felt like rolling around on the ground for a bit because it was so rich. Didn’t though.

Waddled on to the cat pit. A patch of ruins in the middle of the city given over to stray cats. In one corner there is a facility/charity that cares for the sick/young/old ones. Saw about 5 carbon copies of my cat in various states of snoozing. Was also used by a kitten as a jumping castle. Crazy place.

There were more ruins today and pizza for lunch. Hung out in a supermarket for a bit and looked at all the weird food (they call Twisties here “Fonzies”). Bought some weird food and am now on a train heading to Lucca eating said weird food.

The scenery is gorgeous.