Sunday, December 6, 2015

Travel Diaries: Paris (1)

I had been in Paris for less than five hours before falling in love with this city. And writing in my travel journal while sitting and overlooking the Seine River felt like a dream that couldn't be true.
Our evening was spent exploring our new apartment on Iles St Louis, and then meandering down to the grocery store to pick up food stores for our week living in this heavenly dream.
My bed! *Jaw drop*
Literally, a stone throws' away from our apartment is Quasimodo's headquarters.  We walked over to this beautiful spot a few time during our week, including a trip to very top where the gargoyles dwell...

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Travel Diaries: Pisa

 A quick stop in Pisa! After our two days in Cinque Terre we took the train back to Pisa where we were going to catch our flight to Paris. Lucky for us, we had the entire morning to check out this iconic site. While it was once again a steamy day with lots of walking we were able to check our luggage at the train station and make the mile walk to the Field of Miracles, which boast the leaning tower of Pisa, a Baptistry, and the accompanying Cathedral.
The tower itself was built in 3 stages over the course of 200 years. After the 1st layer was built, the tower began to sink because it was built on marshy land. Continuing to build, even so, is sunk some more. The only way to even it out a bit and keep the structure sound was by sucking out tons of muck from the opposite side.
 Duh. Had to do it.