Little did we count on a crowd of over 100,000 costumed people converging on Lucca for the annual 4-day Comic and Games Convention - the third largest convention of its type in the world!
A quick U-turn and we were on our way to Pisa. As we arrived in Piazza del Miracoli, we were all impressed with the lovely open grassed space and beauty of the buildings, including the Leaning Tower and Pisa's domed cathedral. Dozens of stall holders awaited the flood of tourists and for some reason were even pushing umbrella sales despite the clear skies! Tricia had last climbed the tower on her 22nd birthday whilst on a Contiki Tour of Europe MANY moons ago. Where did time go???
Numerous photos and a couple of Tower models later in hand, we were once again on our way to the Italian coastline and the Cinque Terre. It was a 20 degree Celsius day and perfect weather for the beach. The roads to the Cinque Terre (five colourful fishing villages perched precariously on the cliff face of the Italian coast) were windy and narrow. However, after some traffic congestion and parking woes, we reached the beautiful village of Manarola.
Manarola is a delightful village, patronised by tourists from all over the world coming to soak in its relaxed atmosphere, marvel at its position and admire its stunning views. It really is a feast for the senses and well worth the circuitous journey!
|Our first impression of the Leaning Tower|
|Piazza del Miracoli, Pisa|
|Inside Pisa's beautiful cathedral|
|Stained glass of the Duomo, Pisa|
|Rich colours of the Duomo's ceiling, Pisa|
|The ornate interior of Pisa's Duomo|
|Sean lends a hand of support to the Leaning Tower|
|Eloise, Brett and Sean at the Leaning Tower of Pisa|
|Brett and Tricia at the Leaning Tower|
|Eloise, Brett, Sean and Tricia in Piazza del Miracoli, Pisa|
|Eloise, Piazza del Miracoli, Pisa|
|Eloise winds her way down into Manarola|
|Map illustrating some of the Cinque Terre ( five lands)|
|Colourful charm of Manarola|
|Brett overlooks Manarola's stunning coastline|
|Sean soaks up the sunshine in Manarola|
|Tricia unwinds in the Cinque Terre's village of Manarola|
|Manarola's captivating hill scape|
|Italian coastline and port|