July 25, 2012

Leaning Tower of Pisa

On our way to Florence, we stopped in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower.  I mean, we had to.  It's one of those iconic world landmarks, that everyone has to get their picture taken in front of.  The Leaning Tower has an interesting history.  Jogging from memory here from my Rick Steve's book, someone said to the original architect, "Is it just me, or does that look crooked?"  Little did they know, the land that they decided to build the tower on was not strong enough to support the weight of the tower, so it continued to sink.  It didn't really matter though because they continued to build before construction was halted after the third level.  Over the course of 177 years, several architects and builders tried to correct the issue to little avail.  Finally in the 90's after the tower was deemed unsafe, serious efforts were put into correcting the issue.  And thirty million dollars later,we have what the Leaning of Tower of Pisa is today, with the original 18 foot lean.  They say that the condition it is in, would be quite similar to when it was when originally built in the 12th Century.  Even better actually.  It's funny how the original architect's mistake, made this one of the world's greatest iconic landmarks.


Hannah, Here! said...

You have such beautiful pictures!! And the cutest outfits ever!

Stesha said...

Katie your photos could be published they are so beautiful!! love them and you!


still being [molly] said...

i've always wanted to visit pisa! looks GORGEOUS! love these pics!!

Melanie Liliana said...

I've always wanted to visit pisa!! One day! haha you look gorgeous! where is your bag from?


Anonymous said...

Wow, that tower's glorious! I really love your new blog design, too. It's super clean :D

Anonymous said...

Your pics are amazing. I am reliving the years that I lived in Europe via your pics. :)

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Unknown said...

Can't wait to go there! I have a pic of my grandfather who I never met standing in front of it..Really great that you got to go to all these places! Brooke


Unknown said...

Definitely jealous! Cute pic!



Maria Chloe said...

Wow, these photos are beautiful!(:

50 Shade of Liz said...

so cool!

Anonymous said...

Amazing pictures of the Leaning Tower! I want to see it someday. Love your bright shorts!!! You look gorgeous as always :)

octoberchic.com said...

Awesome pictures!


Salina and Olivia said...

Gorgeous pictures... and I'm loving the some-what matching outfits on you two :)

Erin James said...

beautiful blog! just stumbled upon it and love these photos and your style!



Sydney Andersen said...

Wow!! So cool! Makes me want to go!


Anonymous said...

You and the hubster looking fab, as always.

Irene said...

wow, breathtaking photos of the leaning tower of pisa! now your pics really make me want to travel to europe! and you and your hubby are so adorable in that pic -- you're both in orange! love your outfit <3 :-)


Postcards from Rachel said...

Eek, we will be visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa in August and your photos just made me so happy!


Kelley @ Kelley Maria said...

Such an interesting history on the Leaning Tower of Pisa that I didn't know about! Thanks for sharing!

You make a very fashionable tourist, by the way :)

Unknown said...

oh, i've always wanted to go there. it's quite a beautiful building.

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Stephanie said...

I studied in Florence and I LOVED Pisa! Great pictures :)


Sierra @ Sierra's View said...

Ahhh I wanna go there so bad!!!

Jan's camera said...

What a wonderful trip you are having. I would love to see that someday.

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