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The angle of Repose for sand is between 15 and 30 degree

- The Tower of Pisa leans 5.5 degrees on a sandy base

sunny 90 °F
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I bet you know where we were off to today - Yes, the Town of Pisa. Famous for its leaning tower. On the way to Pisa, Italy we passed many typical towns built into the upper hillsides and an interesting site you don't see every day. We passed a mountain that appeared to have a landslide but actually it was where marble excavation was taking place. So if you're wondering where your marble counter top might be - perhaps it's amongst these slabs waiting to be shipped!

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Our destination, he Miracle Square in Pisa, was built at about the same time as St. Mark's Square in Venice. The leaning tower of Pisa within the square is the freestanding bell tower of the cathedral. Famous for its unintended tilt, the 56m tower took nearly 200 years to build. Work started in 1173 and five years later it started tilting, In 1990 Italy closed the tower to offer further support of the tower. It is in very impressive surroundings.

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After checking out the tower, we strolled through the streets, enjoyed some really great gelato and bought a patch for Beka's collection and started a key chain collection for Jason. A fun day but again so incredibly hot we couldn't wait to get back to our ship to celebrate Beka's 17th birthday. Another fantastic day day together making great memories!

Posted by Where2FromHere 13:26 Archived in Italy Tagged tower of leaning pisa

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