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“The Golden Girls” Loving Italy: Day 11 Pisa

Whenever you are on an extended trip to many destinations, you’re bound to go to certain places just because they’re on the way. That’s how The Golden Girls ended up in Pisa, Italy. 

Discovering Port Vendres and Collioure because they were on the way to an airport was good luck. Stopping overnight in Pisa because we wanted to land somewhere near Cinque Terre was a mistake.

Sorry, “Pisans”. Aside from the Leaning Tower and surroundings, we didn’t find Pisa a great place to visit.

If you want to see the tower and take one of those predictable “holding up the leaning tower” photos, I suggest you drive by and jump out with your camera.

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Perhaps after a busy day in Collioure, a drive to the airport in Girona, dropping off Mustang Sally in an unfamiliar country, a long wait, and bad food at the airport, we weren’t in the mood for what happened next.

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Where not to stay
I made a mistake for the first time in my traveling with Airbnb. In my defense, we made this part of our plan at the last minute. So there were few–almost none– places listed for Pisa. We pretty much booked what was available.

For a twenty-something, it would have been fine. For The Golden Girls, it was bleak and noisy.

To begin with, the room we booked in the “B&B” was tucked away in a scary alley in the oldest part of town. The cab driver wouldn’t even take us down the street.

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After we overcame our shock and disappointment with our location, we lugged our bags up the three flights of stairs to our room.

The place was stark and dreary but clean. One double bed, one single bed, and a side table. That was it. No lamps, pictures, or decorations of any type. Beds and pillows were hard, and bath towels resembled large kitchen towels. It was adequate, and I repeat, it was clean. But it wasn’t exactly what we hoped for when we were tired.

One of the good things about traveling with these friends is that they make the best of everything. Just minutes after taking in the situation, we were laughing hysterically. I think it was right after we discovered our room was on top of Pisa’s “party central” — the square where college kids meet to drink and dance. All night.

Daylight came really quickly, and our surroundings didn’t look so bad. We agreed on. B&B would be a good choice for young people. There was a nice living area and kitchen. It could be fun if we were forty years younger.


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The Leaning Tower

Close to everything” was an accurate description of the B&B in the Airbnb listing. We were in the middle of the town’s nightlife and within walking distance of the Leaning Tower and the cathedral.


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I wasn’t expecting all the ornate buildings around the tower for some reason. Even though I’d done a “ride by” on the “Europe on $5 a Day” trip. The area is lovely.

Taking a few more photos of the town to remind us we didn’t have to come back, we were off to the train station.

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Helpful hint
When traveling alone to a new destination or with a small group, budget enough to pay for a cab from the train station or airport. It’s remarkably advisable if it’s late in the day and/or you don’t speak the language. This might sound pricey, but it can mean a safer, more relaxing entrance to your new location.

Next stop: Florence, Italy

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Photos: Thanks to all The Golden Girls for photo contributions to this post. 


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