06/02/2013 75 °F
By K: Waking up at 5:15 has become less difficult since we do it a lot. Today, after getting dressed, we went to the lobby of our hotel and called for a taxi. The taxi took us to the train station where we got on our train to Pisa. When we got there, we met our tour guide. She took us to see churches, shops, streets, and old buildings. Then she took us to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We took some pictures of us 'holding' up the tower (which is much harder than it seems) and put our bags in a locker room. We finally got in the line to go up to the top. The steps are not as steep as they seem, and the walk is much shorter than expected. Once we made it to the second floor, we had to come right back down. Unfortunately, we couldn't go to the very top because we had a train to catch. We walked back down and went to the taxi stop, where there were no taxis! We ended up walking for 30 minutes all the way back to the train station. We missed our train ride to Florence, but, fortunately, we were able to ride the next train. We made it to Florence, where we met our other tour guide. He took us to see more churches, shops, and Micheal Angelo's sculpture, the Statue of David. He told us that the statue represented 3 things: balance, physical beauty, and moral beauty. Then we went back to the train station. On our way back to the station, we saw the abandoned building where they believe Mona Lisa was buried. This building used to be a church where Mona Lisa's daughter became a nun. They also found 6 other bodies and began trying to figure out which bones were Mona Lisa's bones. This project has been going on for a year and a half. Hopefully they will find out soon!
We got back to the hotel and got dressed for bed. Tomorrow, we will be back to Florence... again!