We both had a great sleep, although I must of woke up about three times wondering “where the heck am I” oh yeah a cruise.
We were to dock at 7 am but we the ship gets clearance at 6;30 and I overhead the announcement coming from the corridor that we are free to go ashore. We are not in any rush and I write up my blog from yesterday and Bernie heads up to get some breakfast.
Oh I should add we turn on the tv first thing to catch Dan Appleby and the morning show. We sailed with Dan on our last South America cruise when he was Deputy but he got promoted to Cruise Director recently and are happy to be on board with him again.
We went off around 9:30 and right away we see there are signs for the shuttle to downtown Livorno. A woman sitting on the bench right near the bus sells transfers. Note the info from the ship says it is 5 US dollars, but she insists it is 5 Euros each (note they only take Euros). Oh well what can you do… it is round trip too.
|This is where the shuttle drops you off. Where I am standing is where we bought the train tickets.|
You also catch the bus back to the ship at the same spot
The bus fills after about ten minutes and we are driven a short distance to the heart of the city to a large square. Right across the street is a tobacco shop and we stop in to get our bus tickets to the train, and we also get our train tickets too. In total it was 16.40 E for round trip on the bus and round trip on the train to Pisa for the both of us.
|where we bought our train tickets|
|walk to your right towards this church/square and turn left|
|stand in front of H&M store for bus|
Here we get a little confused, we see the signs and pretty much every train is heading to Pisa, note the ones going to Florence stop in Pisa first. The problem is finding out what platform to go to. The signs on the platform seem to not be working and then they keep changing which platform to go to. One thing we would do differently is we would wait in the terminal until closer the departure time and then head to the platform then.
The train arrives and it is actually a short train ride, maybe 15 minutes and you are in Pisa.
We both use the washroom – 1E each but they are clean at the train station.
|train station at Pisa|
Just to the left you can check out the amazing painted wall by American Artist Keith Haring – we have heard of him and recognize his work.
Across the street is a quaint outdoor market at Piazza delle Vettovaglie selling pretty much everything.
Down some side streets and they open up to this huge Piazza dei Cavalieri with its old clock and colorfully decorated palace. The statue of Cosimo I de Medici stands tall.
Also in the square is the the university of Pisa where Galileo studied the solar system and even Andrea Bocelli attended law school.
A bit further down we walk into the church of San Sisto with its simple bricks and few windows is a typical Romanesque style before the more lavish Pisans Romanesque style began.
|the roof of the church|
Next we share a bowl of tomato soup with bread and a lasagna crunchy (which is like fried pasta that is kind of like a tortilla chip but not) very very good, and also a bottle of sparkling water. All that for 44 E and this time we noticed that they added 2 E per person service fee so we did not add any extra tip.
Of course we like everyone else there gets their necessary picture of you holding up the statue, or pushing it down.
|Can you see all the buildings on the site actually lean|
We follow Rick Steve’s self guided tour of the cathedral, note some of it is under renovation.