Kerrie's Blog: Pisa & Florence

Pisa & Florence've seen it painted on deli walls around the country, you've seen plastic ones on top of cakes or in snowballs but seeing it in front of your nose will Blow You Away!  I'm talking about the infamous Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

We took a private bus with the epitome of an Italian guy as our tour guide....he quickly informed us that Andrea was a man's name in Italy and he's not a girlie-girl.  En Route to the tower he spoke of the many ways they tried to fix the tower and the different architects who got a shot at it.  It bends like a "C" as they tried to correct it once it started leaning, but today, they have no interest in fixing it as of course it's a huge tourist attraction and lemme tell you there isn't much else in Pisa.  I gotta say seeing this was one of the highlights of the trip.  It feels like a million years ago I was there as I sit here and type this now and it was only a couple weeks ago.

We hopped back on the bus and headed for the big city of Florence.  My cousins and I were in anticipation of running into the Jersey Shore crew as they are here currently filming but we ended up seeing some other amazing sights.  Florence is an old city full of statues, churches and squares.  They are known for their leather good so I got a few belts and leather bound journals for keepsakes and gifts.  After a quick gelato, which are everywhere by the way, we hit the pavement aimlessly.  There were all these locks on these bars by the river and my cousin told me lovers go there and lock it up and throw the key into the river.  Romantic, huh? 

I had more fun just roaming the streets and viewing the city....and then it happened.  It was like something out of a movie.  So this dude was trying to sell my auntie a purse and he was flirting with the girls and whatever and we were all laughing and I turned around to get on my way and accidentally bumped into this old Italian woman....complete accident.  She straight up took her purse off her shoulder and started smacking my arm with it yelling at me in Italian.  I was shocked frozen.  I felt so bad and tried to talk to her but she just kept moving after BEATING ME UP!  My mom and crew were dying with laughter and I could feel my face red with embarrassment as EVERYONE in Florence was staring at the blonde American chick who had done some little old granny wrong.  I felt so bad and thought I must had hurt her and my mind wandered and then I was like screw that, I barely bumped into her!  Oh Mom thinks that she may have been trying to cause a diversion so others could pick-pocket but I think she was just trying to make me feel better.  I've been working out and game on next time Granny!  :)

After many hours we boarded the bus for our long ride back to the ship and everyone fell fast asleep except for me.  I enjoyed the views of rolling hills and vineyards.

Next up:  Roma

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 14 commentsKerrie La Guardia • June 29 2011 01:14PM


Kerrie - Pisa and Florance look beautiful and I love your collages! The Tower probably wouldn't be the  tourist attraction it is today had they found a way to fix it! Love the Granny story - hilarious! She must have thought it was an American chick throw-down and she planned on winning! lol.

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) about 7 years ago

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I love living my life and vacation time through you Kerrie.  Keep those pictures a commin

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

you already know we are jealous, but we really appreciate you taking us all on your trip along the beauty of Spain, Italy and France.

No more shoulder checks okay, personal space is very important in Europe.... ;o)

Florence is most certanly on our Bucket list, love your picture collages Pfanntastic.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC about 7 years ago

Wow, what amazing photos of an amazing place. Drink it all in, these memories will last a lifetime!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 7 years ago

Those are delightfully representative scenes of Pisa and Florence.  The thing about Europe is most anywhere you step you are walking in the footsteps of history and near a gaze of some ancient artwork or monument. 

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 7 years ago

It really takes your mind on a journey to think of what went on hundreds and thousands of years ago. 

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 7 years ago

Kerrie ~ Granny, hmm, sounds like she was a tad too touchy for me ~ hope no one did get the old pickpocket routine ~ Pictures are just gorgeous!! Starting to really feel like I've been to Europe ~ Both of our children have been, but not us!! Travis (our son who will be thirty in October) told us when he went to Italy, the Italian food tastes "nothing" like the Americanized Italian food and Red Wine flows like water ~~

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) about 7 years ago


Looks like you had an amazing time. Nice assortment of photos to document your trip. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie - You took some fantastic photographs in Pisa and Florence and got fabulous weather as well.

Posted by FN LN about 7 years ago
Wow! Those Italian Granny's sure have a temper! If you accidently bumped into TPM, she would apologize TO YOU! Loving the pics! :))))
Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) about 7 years ago

The architecture in Florence really blew me away. Such amazing work that went into those buildings.

I was asked to leave Pisa though. Something about me messing around with the Tower. But they were speaking all in Italian and I didn't understand everything...

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 7 years ago

Craig - I couldn't understand them either!  Especially the abusive grannys!  Nice pic :)

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 7 years ago

I would not be surprised if that lady had a partner... Pick-pockets are rampant in Europe!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) about 7 years ago

Florence - a city I have NEVER been to physically! I had a college professor that grew up there - she taught Italian history and did a great job of it! My next trip overseas will include Florence! Lucky you!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 7 years ago