Our kids safely arrived in Rome, and immediately took the train to Florence. I am sooo grateful they have Internet access so that they can post photos for me to, um, borrow.
They have already biked to Pisa to assist in the support of the leaning tower. Here is proof:
MM, Haley, and I were first there in, um, 1989…I think…and we got to walk all the way up to the top of the tower. There are no guard rails at the top; definitely not OSHA approved, and it is very windy, even on a calm day. It is not for the feint of heart! I think it is still closed to the public for now.
I remember being surprised at how worn down the marble steps are leading up to the top, but considering construction began in 1173, and how many millions of feet have climbed these steps, it is no wonder they have obvious dips worn into them.
Here they are at the Arno River in Florence, with Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) in the background (no, Haley was not with us on that particular trip):
It is nice having our kids walk in the footsteps of where MM and I have traveled, and also MM’s mother before us. Travel is in our genes, that is for sure, and I am so happy that Faith is now experiencing the country of her ancestors.
Ciao, my kids. Safe travels…and keep those photos coming!