Pretty in Pisa

The last cruise was extremely busy! In addition to installing murder mystery, we had multiple parade rehearsals during port days, and one of my sisters was on board. Thus, my free time was spent entertaining. I haven’t spent that much time in heels in ages! Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much time in heels!

When we stopped in Livorno, I luckily was able to get off the ship. My sister had gone out with a friend of the family while I was still in rehearsal, so I was left to explore on my own. I buddied up to my roommate and her Italian-speaking boyfriend, and we made our way to Pisa.

Pisa

Pisa

To get to our destination, we had to take a shuttle out of the port, a bus to the train station, a train, and then another bus! Although it was time consuming, I really enjoyed the journey. I got more of a local feel by riding the city buses, and was able to see some more of the beautiful landscape while on the train.

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Worth the trek

When we arrived at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we walked through a small market with souvenirs, and then joined the masses taking photos by the tower. The neighboring church was stunning, but we weren’t able to go inside.

Once we had enough photos with the tower/supporting the tower, we went off in search of food. We settled for a small café with outdoor tables and a view of the tower. I had an espresso and a sandwich. I have to say, bread in Italy is much better than it is at home!

Obligatory tourist photo

Obligatory tourist photo

While eating, I was amused by the other tourists. The amount of effort people put into getting a good photo was impressive. They were standing on fences, taking selfies, crouching, climbing, and battling for the best views. I was tempted to take a photo of the tourists taking photos, all lined up posing the same way.

Espresso in Italy. Yes.

Espresso in Italy. Yes.

We ran into some friends from the ship as we finished our lunch, and then headed home. Two buses, a train, and a shuttle later, we were back at the ship. I had just enough time to take a nap and get cleaned up for my production shows! It was a busy, but very fun day.

At the bus stop

At the bus stop

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