If you are looking for an in-depth examination of Pisa and its famous leaning tower, you’ve come to the wrong place. It was never on my list of “must see” tourist sites, so I didn’t plan my visit.
We were heading to Sorrento after a couple of days in Manarolo in the Cinque Terre. The train passed through Pisa. We knew we could grab another one in a couple of hours that would still get us where we were going on time, so we hopped off. Vivian had been to Pisa before. She knew the tower is a quick walk from the train station.
I have no idea what else there is to see in Pisa. I suppose I could consult a guide book and wow you with my knowledge, but what would be the point of that? I’ve seen the tower; I didn’t pick up any souvenirs.
I guess the tower was worth seeing, but I don’t know if I would have made a special trip to Pisa just to see it. Maybe if you combined it with other area sights, the ones I didn’t look up. There must be other places in the area to attract tourists. For me though, the couple of hours between trains was just right. Scratch a popular tourist destination off the bucket list. Oh, wait, I don’t have a bucket list. Well, at least I can say I’ve been there.
My being underwhelmed may have had more to do with my frame of mind than the tower itself. We had just been in the Cinque Terre, drinking in its beauty. We had plans for the next few days. Before arriving in Sorrento our plan was to stop in Naples for pizza and the Archeological Museum. Pompeii was going to be the following day. Maybe I wasn’t ready for the diversion, no matter how iconic the tower.
I do find that I can get a little weary of travel. For some people that may sound strange I know. And I suppose it is not the destinations I get tired of, but the process of getting there and the busy-ness that can all too easily creep into what is supposed to be rest and relaxation. There is always so much to see and do and there is the temptation to try and squeeze in as much as humanly possible.
I’ve reached the point in my tourism career where I now see fewer places but spend more time really trying to get to know them. It’s nice to come back to the same room for a couple of nights. In the long run that means I will probably see fewer places – but I will enjoy them more.
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