Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

This bell tower is located in the city of Pisa, in central Italy. We took a train from Florence to Pisa, arrived in an hour.

The entrance :

It's 8-storey high, made of white marble, and standing at 183.27 feet.

According to Wiki, this tower began leaning to the southeast soon after the onset of construction in 1173 due to a poorly laid foundation and loose substrate that has allowed the foundation to shift direction.

Piazza del Duomo, dating from 1063 :

The Leaning Tower is just next to the Duomo :

The view from the back :

View from the side :

Closer look at the side :

The top 3 levels at the side, the sun has just come out from hiding :

Inside the Duomo :

The Baptistry of St. John which looks like a Romanesque crown :

Completed in 1363 :

We didn't climb this tower as we had been climbing bell towers and catherals in Florence, needed a break ;o) It's estimated to take 40 minutes to climb up this 294-step staircase.

Sky is getting cloudy, leaving, catching our train back to Florence.

Monday, June 2, 2008

The bath room toys

Ever since I blogged about "The bath book", Tristan is no longer interested in it anymore :(

Baby/toddler changes from time to time, in terms of their look, behavior and preferences.

He used to love taking bath, I didn't even need to ask him to do it. Everyday after work in the late afternoon, I would take a shower for myself, then prepare the water to take bath for him, he could identify the noise of water running, and would start climbing up the stairs, saying "bath" at the same time.

Now, it's a total change, when I carry him into the bathroom, he would cry out loud and refuse to get in, and most of the time, exhausted and sweat heavily.

So I bought these plastic animals, introduced a few of them day by day, and it works for only a few days, it's getting me headache to send him into the bathroom pleasantly. (The shrimp, starfish and sun were beach toys that I used for the same purpose but he had lost interest to them now too).