Observations from a cruise to Italy

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 17:06 PM.

Well, I was a member of such a brood and spent as much time keeping an eye on mother hen’s location as I did taking in the sights. And our tour guide was famous in her own right, as she obviously held an Olympic gold medal for walking. That lady could really move.

But to be fair, the tour process that I’ve ridiculed in the past is a necessary evil. How else can foreigners — especially southern foreigners such as myself — be safely shepherded around strange cities that have strange languages as well as extremely strange driving habits.

As soon as I’d observed the city traffic at ground level in Florence, I immediately had two questions. First, I wondered why those folks wasted so much money on red lights. Can an entire country be colorblind?

Secondly, I wondered just how many pedestrians had been killed on these streets.

After about an hour, I changed that question to wondering how many pedestrians had manage to survive.

Needless to say, as evidenced by this column, Ann and I escaped and continued on the tour to Pisa. Yes, the tower does in fact lean … really lean.

Italy is awash in amazing history that makes our birthday in 1776 in the United States seem more like yesterday. Realizing that Galileo walked up those steps to do his cannonball gravity experiment really brought my school history books to life.



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