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  1. I loved my first sight of the white Leaning Tower, Cathedral and the Baptistery as I walked through the archway. It’s one of the most stunning sights in the world, like stepping back in time. I defy you not to say ‘WOW!’Costa cruise 257 (Medium)
  2. I loved the tourists all posing as though they were holding up the Tower.
  3. I loved how everyone avoided walking under the area where the Tower leans, as though they thought it would finally fall, on top of them! It actually tilts a maximum of 12ft 10ins at its highest point.Costa cruise 247 (Medium)
  4. I loved the little trains that carry the tourists to the tourist area as parking is mega-expensive; around 300 euros a day for a coach!
  5. I loved the journey to Carrara afterwards, travelling over the Arno River and passing through lovely Italian countryside.Costa cruise 276 (Medium)
  6. I loved the interesting fact that marble, sodium potassium, is used in a lot of products like food and cosmetics. It is said that everyone in the world has eaten a bit of marble! I wonder what colour mine was?
  7. I loved passing all the marble workshops and warehouses. It’s a very successful business and has been for centuries. Although their stock is worth a lot, nobody ever steals any as it’s so heavy!Costa cruise 294 (Medium)
  8. I loved seeing 45 different colours of marble from the quarries, ranging from white, pink, green, to black. How on earth did Mother Nature manage that?!!
  9. I loved the massive rectangular hole up the sheer mountain where Michaelangelo chose his block of marble to carve his statue of David. It weighed tons. How did they get it down from there in one piece, and transport it to his workshop?Costa cruise 319 (Medium)
  10. I loved the gift shop. Their prices are very reasonable so that everyone can afford a souvenir. I bought a black dice. They also gave us all free glasses of local wine.

One thing that worried me was the enormous hospital towering over the small town below. It was obvious that there were a lot of accidents in the quarries, plus lung diseases due to the permanent dusty atmosphere. I would have liked to have spent some time walking round the town. But it was a very interesting trip.

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.