|The canal outside our hotel. This was an|
important water source in the days when
a siege was possible.
|One of the 101 churches -- marble with a top layer of brick.|
|The cathderal with the relic described as the|
'True face of Jesus'.
|The shrine with the 'True Face of Jesus' -- the|
grill is so intricate, it is impossible to get a
good photo of his face (I tried). Note that
he is dark-skinned. He also has a divided
beard and his feet are separate instead of the
|The dead 17 year old wife in marble. The sad dog is at her|
feet on the left.
|An original stained glass window, dating to the|
1200s. It was last cleaned in the 1970s I think.
|This is how pilgrims knew which was the right church. The|
knight is not preparing to slice the pilgrim, he is dividing his
cloak in two with his sword to share it with cold pilgrim.
|The family tower of the man whose wife is|
represented in marble in the cathedral.
|The white chunk on the left is part of the original amphitheater|
that was not cut out for reuse. The walls to the right show the
stucco in the middle, over brickwork on the right.
|Interior of the amphitheater which is now shops and cafes.|
|Puccini square and monument. He was born|
here but after he left to work on his music
education, he settled at a nearby lake and
never came back. Apparently he was not
liked in Lucca because he and another man's
wife ran off together and had kids.
At 1:20, we met Lodo (our OAT tour leader) for the walk to the bus that would take us to Pisa. While is it less than half an hour away by car, the bus was slowed by numerous stops and a LONG wait for two passenger trains to pass. The bus stop is near the leaning tower, and we could see it above the city walls. The city has found a way to stabilize it, but it still leans a LOT. We could have gone up, but the tickets were expensive and the lines are long and you can see the situation much more clearly from the grounds, which has a bapistry, cemetary, and cathedral as well. We opted not to pay to see another cathedral et al and walked around a lot instead. Lodo recommended going into the town to the site of the university, which is housed in an interesting building.
|From front to back, the Baptistry, Cathedral, and Tower.|
|The slant is pretty pronounced!|
|Front of the cathedral. Our guides call the|
design the wedding cake look.
|The Virgin at the top had a visitor.|
|Walking down the city streets of Pisa|
|The elaborately designed University building.|
|A different quality of light as the sun|
starts to set on the tower.
Back at the hotel, we prepped for a group dinner and finally got back before 10pm.We walked in excess of 17,000 steps for the day, over 7 miles, and are ready to crash for the night.