At the first glance/glimpse that I had ... I honestly 'gasped' out loud. Every poster, photo in a book, on a calendar, on a post-card... just does NOT prepare you to see this building that is probably as well known as the pyramids throughout the world. As an art teacher- it might have meant more to me than to some people?
However, I also remember seeing this building as a child, as I poured over photos in photos in Life and in National Geographic Magazines, while living in rural southern Oklahoma while my only travel opportunities had been to go across the state line 5 miles away to Texas when my step-dad bought some baby calves for his farming ranch.
Those photos and maps instilled the desire to travel and see the world some day. I didn't know how I was going to manage it- because my family was poor. I just knew that I wanted to see what was out there. And that one of the places that I wanted to see was the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
If you've read my blog before; you know that I often 'look up' and if I have my camera with me- I take photos of windows/everyday life/etc. that others just walk on by and never notice. When I am with a group of people... there is always someone who comments and thinks it is odd that I do this. Of course, they are the very people that miss so much and/or think many things are boring/etc. *I've had actually people tell me that they didn't think that The Leaning Tower of Pisa was even worth seeing.
|Case in Point: The above urn. Do you see how no one is even noticing it? I immediately noticed the carved people and the huge bird. So, I got my camera out and ....|
|Know what this is? A waterspout. (with another bird too) Just look at the carving along this edge.|
|Do you see the tops of the columns? Each of these statues are of different people with different expressions.|
|Close up of the above building. Different colors of marble. I just don't think that in modern times or in the future... that we'll ever see this type of detail and artistry on buildings ever again.|
|Flowers and faces at the top of the pillars.|
|This door is huge... but, look at the carved stone (marble) facing! Everything is different!|
|Looking up above this door. Just remember: LOOK UP there is another world up there waiting to be discovered.|