We walked through the gate and voila --there it was!! I know it's just a tower that's leaning, but I can't describe my excitement at actually seeing it in person. The actual tower! Not just a picture--!! Italy just finished renovating the tower and spent 30 million over 10 years to shore it up and make sure it would safely lean for years to come.
|Front to back: Field of Miracles (grassy area), Baptistery, Duomo, Leaning Tower|
The Field of Miracles is said to encompass the major points of man's life: birth (Baptistery), marriage (Duomo), recognition of work well done (Tower) and death (Cemetery (not pictured). The Field got its name during the building of the Duomo because of the grandness of the undertaking. And grand it is!
|Lean, glorious lean!|
|Obligatory pictures--lots of fun|
|For some reason, E didn't want to "hold it up." But Jon snapped this gem anyway.|
|Even M got in on the fun.|
|Who wants some marble?|
|Amazing--see the strip mining operation in the mountains in the background?|
|Closer shot of the strip mining for marble|