Travel Theme: Strong

IMG_1572The foundation stones of Il Torre di Pisa were laid in 1173 and despite its lean, the tower is still going strong. 
IMG_1582Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons. and the thickness of the walls at the base is  2.44 metres.IMG_1586

You need to be strong to climb to the top, not only because of the 294 steps. Those suffering from vertigo aren’t able to find the courage to handle the height or the lean. The last time we were there, we sent young Mischa Bella up on her own but in the company of a handsome gentleman and his son, who we found in the queue!  You need to be 18 years old to attempt the climb da sola, and Mischa, who was only 14, was determined to reach the top.  Brava Mischa.

And brava also to Ailsa who has chosen STRONG as the travel theme this week.

20 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Strong”

  1. Brava to both of you! Discretion being the better part of valour! I’m sure the combination of 294 steps and the incline would do me in. Love your visual interpretation of strong!

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  2. Last time I climbed the torre was when I was in my 20s – very frightening as I found myself clinging to the interior walls and nearly bottled it before reaching the top. So, brava to Mischa Bella who climbed in the company of strangers. Recently, just admired this stunning bit of architecture from the ground!

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