Day 4 Pisa
We left Lucca bathed in sunshine, enough sunshine that by now had dried us all out, leaving us destined to spend the rest of the day feeling like we’d been hung out to dry, our journey to Pisa took until 3-30pm and gave us 2 hours free time in which to explore, The coach park was not far from the entrance to the famous “FIELDS OF MIRACLES” and as we disembarked we were totally amazed by the amount of market stalls on both sides of the street all selling almost identical souvenirs and all run by what appeared to be people from Senegal West Africa, like the so-called “Lucky Men” of the Costa Blanca on the South coast of Spain, we’ve never seen so many Black people in one place in all our lives, and this we only saw in Pisa and no Where else on our journeys through Italy and found it very strange indeed. The Pisa experience was not a particularly exciting one, maybe because it’s a well documented tourist location which we’ve seen so many times on advertisements, TV etc, it didn’t have that WOW affect, nevertheless it’s a sight worth seeing and we would have been disappointed had we missed it. We thought the leaning tower a strange and bizarre sight but generally there was for me, only the historic and aesthetic interest of any value but we did get the ubiquitous photographs. We left Pisa for the journey to our hotel at 5-30pm arriving there by 6-30 and dinner arranged for 7-15pm, this was our first visit to this hotel and first impressions were not good, the rooms were small and difficult to negotiate, particularly the bath room, the food was OK and the whole place was clean but not somewhere to be in raptures about.