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campo dei miracoli

So many monuments in such a small area. While most people go to take dumb pics of them holding up the Leaning Tower (yes, I took one, too), the other landmarks in Pisa are beautiful, too. The Leaning Tower took almost 200 years to complete (starting in 1173 and paused for a few wars). The Duomo uses gray and white striped stonework unique to Tuscany. The Baptistry is a symbolic crown at the forefront of the Campo dei Miracoli. Beyond that, there’s a walled cemetery with some beautiful sculptures. I couldn’t imagine a nicer place to be buried.  

yoga retreat tuscany

Whenever I see this photo in my slideshow, I immediately exhale and feel relaxed. It takes me back to the Italian yoga retreat I attended just outside of Lucca in Tuscany. Each evening, the 10 or so of us would walk up to this grassy spot nestled among grapevines and lay out our mats. While I tend to practice yoga with my eyes closed much of the time, I kept them open because the Tuscan hillside was simply breathtaking, particularly at sunset. This photo is a reminder to me that I don’t have to be on a mat in Tuscany…

tophet

On my trip to Sardinia, I visited Monte Sirai, an archeological park with ruins from three different eras: Phoenician, Punic, and Roman. That’s pretty remarkable. Sardinia has a long history of influence from different groups of people over the millennia. Here is a clay pot in the tophet, which is where the children were buried. It broke my heart how many pots there were…

arno river

Pisa is quite a manageable town to maneuver through. Once you’re done taking silly selfies at the Leaning Tower, you can wander along the Corso Italia, a street filled with great shopping. It crosses the Arno River, as you see here. I took this photo when I scurried from my hotel early to go buy clothes and a coat. My bag hadn’t arrived with me at the airport the night before…and I had a date! It reminds me a little of Venice…