Prior to a workshop at ENEL in Pisa a group of us toured the city and, or course, the famous leaning tower. We tried to set it right while there, but it was still leaning a little when we left.
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Approaching the main gate to the Duomo.
And what do we find: A McDonald's!! They don't miss a trick!
First glimpse of the tower
Shops outside the gate
Yep, it's leaning a little ..
We got up there on the top, too.
The 4 amigos about to tackle the tower
Marc Matsuura (from Hawaii) holding up the tower
Mark really straining to straighten it up
We weren't the only ones ...
I wonder how many times this photo has been taken?
Trying it from the other side.
Street in Pisa
Interesting frescos on a building
Pretty church. Built before 1000 AD.
Now, where do we go?
View along the river
A little church along the river
Parade of emergency vehicles. Best we could figure is that they were announcing the beginning of the Italy v England soccer match.
Another view of the church along the river. This was a Sunday and there were folks going in.
Back to the tower
Up the side of the tower
Back side of the Cathedral
Stairmaster exercise no. 10. Or was it 11? Anyway, we climbed a lot of stairs over the weekend between the tower and Cinque Terre
Joe and Marc
Stairs are original I think.
View from top of the tower
A nice courtyard from above
It's not leaning that much.
View of Duomo plaza
These keep the birds off
Another level of stairs
It is a bell tower
Folks near the top (there's actually another level)
Closeup of a bell
You can experience the lean from the top
View down in the tower
Looking straight down
Joe found the top stair case a tight fit
Note the jack on the North wall (opposite the lean)
A plaque at the bottom
View up the side. You can see that it actually curves back the other way somewhat.
Not that the stone courses in the main cathedral are not level.