This is how we came to be jetting off from a cool and damp Edinburgh airport a few days ago and landing in sunny Pisa. This was part one of our journey. We had a night in Pisa before picking up a hire car the next day and heading off into the Tuscan countryside to find our villa hideaway in Castello.
It had fallen out of his pocket - but by the time he realised, the taxi was down the road. Although he ran after it but couldn't catch it so I had to call the company and ask for him to come back. He reported that he couldn't find it - but when he got back and we called the phone - we could hear it ringing! The driver said it must be between the seats - and pushed the seat back to get at it. When Nathan reached in he pulled out a phone that was buckled with a smashed screen. It was still ringing though :-) The seat must have run over it - with some force!
Nathan then spent the journey up to Edinburgh trying to find a shop there, that had the same phone. There was a Carphone Warehouse not far from the station - so he sprinted up there while I waited with the cases in Platform 5 - a pub opposite Waverley Station.
|Dan and Nathan on the Edinburgh tram|
|Drizzly Edinburgh Airport|
We got seats together - despite refusing to cough up an extra £8 each to ensure we got seats together :-)
|Arrival at sunny Pisa|
The weather was sunny and hot and we soon found the road where our first hotel was. Pisa airport is close to the city - so we could walk to our B&B quite quickly. It was No. 52 - but the man in charge took us to a floor in the building next door at 50. It was a suite of four rooms with two bathrooms and a mini kitchen and sofa area. We had two of the rooms which had celling fans and a balcony too.
|Pizza in Pisa|
|The beautiful River Arno in Pisa|
|The dazzling Leaning Tower|
After lunch we braved the sun again and walked over the River Arno to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
It was pretty busy in this area - everyone wanting to take a photo of themselves with the tower in the background. it was a gorgeous square and the tower itself was dazzling white in the bright sun. it's made of limestone and the angle of lean is quite alarming close-up! It is the bell tower for the cathedral next door. You can climb up to the top of the tower inside - but the was a long queue with everyone being frisked by machine-gun toting army bods. We decided not to join the queue in the stifling heat.
We walked around and admired the statue of Romulus and Remus as well as the stunning fragment of a statue of Icarus.
We needed refreshment by then - so found a shady café umbrella and had lemon granitas. We decided we wanted to find Galileo's birthplace - so consulted our map and headed off.
|Galileo's pink house|
|Me and Nathan at the tower|
|Another beautiful Pisa square|
To finish off the evening - and fortify us for the walk back to our B&B we tried the Grappa. The waitress was lovely and brought us a shot each - and complimentary shots of the honey variety too.
Dan didn't seem keen - but he did have to drive the next day - so Nathan and I finished it off. I didn't like the plain one - but the honey one as delicious - but very strong!
So, we went back to our lodgings and sat chatting on the balcony, planning our next few days in Tuscany and watching the planes take off overhead.
Tomorrow we were picking up a car from the airport and heading off to Castello!
|Dinner in Victor Emmanuel Square|