Skip to main content

The European Chronicles - 6/1/14

Day Six. 

Pisa, Italy.

Today didn't offer much as traveling was the name of the game. As I write this, I am staring out at probably the greatest visual for a city ever - Venice. What a beautiful and unique city. Gorgeous! 

However, today, we learned exactly what our tour guide meant when she said, "nothing is in Pisa, really". And boy was she right. Other than The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a few other architectural structures present, you quickly learn there isn't much to this famous tower other than it's a mistake not fixed for the sheer purpose of tourism. No, seriously! 

Especially, when you factor in that there are two other towers here in Venice, where we traveled to tonight, that are also leaning due to the poor structure below it. Again, it's a beautiful piece in person, but one that leaves a huge "ehhhh" after seeing it. Now it's merely a "been there, seen that" sort-of-deal. 

As stated, other than Pisa, it was mostly a travel day with nothing of note to share. We bused and bused, and bused...and then boated to get to Venice, here in Northern Italy. 




One last quick note, I learned a useless tidbit that could be beneficial if you plan on coming over here. Rest stop food in Italy is actualy pretty good. After all, everything is served fresh. No joke. We stopped for lunch, and I enjoyed freshly cooked pesto pasta from this rest stop fast food service. It sort of blew my mind. If you want, simply look up "Autogrill". 

Other than than, we're off to see some of Venice tonight, and resting up for another day in a new city. 

Recent Favorites

Turning 39 - One Last Go-Around in My 30s

I turn 39 today, and everything I read in regards to such a "milestone" is that it's dealing with the anxiety of turning 40. The big 4-0!  Yet, I sit here punching the keys completely unaware of fears, trepidations, and emotions towards the future. Instead, I find myself immersed in the present - in exactly that, 39. I also find myself slightly looking back on the road to get here - my final year in my 30s.  I look back on my thoughts on turning 30 ( Praying on a Cool Thirty ) and, ironically, I very much vibe and can feel the essence of where I was at the time. At the time, turning thirty meant a whoooooooooooole sort of different expectations and responsibilities. I am in that same place - a center of gratitude for the journey. My 30s have been a ride.  For me, I became a father, and I lost my father. I lost one of my best friends, yet, I gained another in my son - and then a second one just recently. I finished coursework on my second Masters degree, and I also watch

Quick Ponder: Health, Happiness, and Tina Turner

Moving into  this phase of  health, my family's happiness,  and that Tina Turner "Proud Mary" transition-dancing kind of joy.

Trump Conviction: Hard to Describe This Time in History

You just have to shake your head at the reality of the situation.  A former President of the United States was just convicted - on several counts - of a crime.  It's the kind of thing, even in a post-Trump Presidency, where even strange things seem normalized, going too far is desensitized, and you ultimately laugh hysterically at the uber strangeness to suppress the sadness, that even this - THIS! - is still attention-grabbing.  It's no secret if you follow this site - I'm no Trump supporter. I understand why voters elected him in 2016 and struggle to understand why so many stay with him through it all for a 2024 campaign.  We've reach a new level where American voters will outright neglect crimes, and vote to elect a convicted felon as President of the United States. It's quite hard to describe this time in history.  Yet, here we are.  Several other quick thoughts:  I still wonder whether Trump wins or loses, how does the Republican party move on after Trump? I do