July 30th – August 1st
With Thursdays class coming to an end, we have the weekend to ourselves. Being very unorganized, my group (me, cara and joe) have nothing planned. We decide to go to Pisa and see the leaning tower, something none of us have done, and from there we will go with the flow and find what we want to do next. We take a bus from Siena to Florence, from there we grab a train to Pisa. Once in Pisa, we see on the map that we are on the opposite side of town to see the tower, what a great time to explore the city. We walked from one end of the city to the other, we explored all around the exterior of the leaning tower, but were reluctant to pay the price of entrance. The experience from the exterior was very well worth the trip.
But, now where do we go, the leaning tower was a good half day experience, now we only have to fill the second part of our day, along with the rest of the weekend. We hear from locals that Lucca has nice beaches, and we remember Jim Dart saying that it was a great town to explore. So we grab the first bus there, and are on our way to another derive. When we get to Lucca, we decide finding a place to stay is the most important part, (after talking to info desk) we head for a nearby B&B. once there, the owner is AWESOME… he shows us around, he shows us how to work everything, right down to the curtains. Also allowing us to have 3 people for the 2 person price, he then highlights the place on our map and stamps it with an address, he is worried we won’t find it after some wine, what a sweet old man.
THE ROOM IS ANOTHER STORY, we have 1 queen size bed, and that is all for the 3 of us. The room does not even have a bathroom, instead we have to use the one down the hall. Also this bed and breakfast does not have breakfast, they are 1 for 2. But, you get what you pay for, and at 40 euro, split 4 ways, this is exactly what we need… and it gives us great stories for the blog.
We wonder around the town, seeing that the town is exactly what Peter Lang was talking about in the lecture. A fortress town, where there is a fortress wall surrounding the entire town. This wall was an important part of the town, which was utilized by many different people in different aspects. People working out, running, jogging, karate class, people playing games, children playing, tourists exploring the area, and some gypsies squatting the area. In order for us to feel as though we understand the area, we decided to explore it in 2 different ways, looking at it as a tourist as well as in a leisure aspect, biking through the area early in the morning. The town was a great experience, very calm, and family oriented.
After the bike ride, we head off to find the beach, we went to Viareggio, which was GORGEIOUS, and well worth it. Spent the day there, then found a bus back to Florence, where we wandered around, saw the Doumo, and then got back on the bus to head back to Siena.