The Leaning Tower of Pisa with the NVR guys

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Our first stop on the transatlantic cruise was Livorno. Kent, Caanen and I got off the ship and took a bus to downtown Livorno. Livorno is kind of like Venice’s less attractive and less interesting sister. Fortunately, we had bigger plans. We jumped on another bus, which took us to the Livorno Centrale station. From there we had to take a train one stop to Pisa Centrale station. It was almost like being on the amazing race, except that we were ambling along.

From Pisa Centrale, we still had to walk for a while. I sort of expected that we’d see the Leaning Tower from the train station, but apparently not. We ended up asking a couple of girls for directions. The problem however, is I have no sense of direction so I invited the girls to join us. They declined, saying that have seen it before. Kent and Caanen responded by saying that they would be able to figure it out. (For the record, these guys make terrible wingmen.)

We eventually found it. It was shorter than I expected, to be honest. But that seems to be the case with everything you see on TV. I once met Elijah Woods in Auckland, during the filming of Lord of the Rings and he was tiny. Makes sense why he was cast as a hobbit, then.

Anyway, I was still impressed. The Leaning Tower of Pisa was beautifully crafted and almost glowing. Basically, it was another large phallic symbol like the Gherkin in London or the Eiffel tower in Paris but somehow it seemed a bit more phallicy because it was leaning to one side.

What I liked most about the Leaning Tower is moral of the story. It just goes to show that you can fuck something up and people may actually like it better.

Have you ever seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa? What did you think?


More info:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Pisa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livorno

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7 Comments for The Leaning Tower of Pisa with the NVR guys

50+ and on the Run

Too funny! I'm nearly 6 feet tall, and you are right: most men are shorter than you imagine they will be, lol. Plus, I like the idea that the tower is better crooked. Gives me hope. Glad you guys had fun.
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    Roy Marvelous

    I like it better crooked too. There needs to be more crooked buildings in the world.

Ayngelina

I saw it with Jaime and Guilia and it was one those times Im glad I wasn't alone so I could take crazy photos. Although your drawing does the trick.
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    Roy Marvelous

    The NVR guys did their cheesy photos too!

@mygaytravels

Somehow you managed to get a mention of Elijah Wood in relation to the Leaning Tower? #WIN!
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    Roy Marvelous

    Hehe, yeah I guess I went on a tangent there…

pablovp

I saw it ten years ago when I was 16 and I got pretty impressed, it looks like a fairy tale in the middle of the village.