Thursday, 3 June 2010

La vita turistica

Non è la dolce vita

In fact, it is really hard work.

Top of the morning today was the Great Tower that springs out of San Gimignano's town hall. As a tourist I am a sucker for the local the high places, such as Toronto's CN Tower or those two in Chicago, which usually means a high-speed, high-tech whizz to the top by lift. Here in cod-mediaeval Gimignano, however, it was 224 steps to the top – I know because I counted, to take my mind off an acrophobic panic attack and the possibility of l'arresto cardiace.

Worth it in the end, of course, for the view... but, phew!

Then down again, to another three chapters...

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