Balancing in Pisa

Arriving in Pisa, the tower dominates the skyline
Arriving in Pisa, the tower dominates the skyline

Every time I travel to Europe with someone considerably younger than me, I spend hours waiting for them at the base of a monument as they nimbly scramble up and around parapets, belfries, turrets and vaults. I suffer from extreme vertigo but when it comes to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, this dread goes into overdrive.

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Come down from that building, you insane people.
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Waiting for Mischa, deja vu! Time to read a book.
Why bother to straighten this photo?

I have chosen some unusual shots of this most ridiculously unbalanced building as my contribution to Ailsa’s travel them this week, Balance, at Where’s My Backpack.

More about this trip to Il Torre Pendente di Pisa  can be found here.


18 thoughts on “Balancing in Pisa”

  1. That tower is crazy… I would love to see it some day! I saw something funny on facebook yesterday. It was cartoon. There was a framed painting or sketch of the leaning tower on the wall. The caption read something along the lines of ‘OCD nightmare’. : )

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  2. Wow, it really is leaning isn’t it? For some reason I imagined it to be a lot taller. I have this insane need to want to jump off when I’m on anything like that. Long story about my adventure on the Singapore cable car at Sentosa Island. Geoff will never let me go on anything like that ever again!!!

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    1. I know that jumping off feeling very well. I can’t get near the edge of things for the same reason. When Jack was 5 years old, he went up to the top of this tower with his siblings. what was I thinking!
      Must tell me that Singapore cable story one day.

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  3. Pisa never fails to impress – it just goes to show that disasters can often create the greatest success stories!


  4. I read this post with great interest, Francesca. My nephew will be joining me next week in Italy. Lucky for me, he’s not the sight-seeing kind. He is an eater, however, and I think we’ll get along just fine. 🙂


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