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Pondering Pisa

Posted by johnreynolds on June 24, 2005 at 5:41 AM PDT

If I asked you to list the most famous structures in the world, the Leaning Tower of Pisa would probably show up in your top 10 responses.

Like the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty, the Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente) is a major icon of the Euro/American culture that "everybody" knows about.

In early June I caught my first glimpse of Torre Pendente while driving into Pisa on the not-quite-two-lanes-wide road from San Giuliano Terme (driving on Italian roads is an adventure on its own). The tower came into view unexpectedly, and I was quite simply delighted. The reality of seeing something in person that I

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