First we headed to Pisa to take a good look the legendary leaning tower. It is only when you see the building in the flesh, as it were, that you appreciate what a miracle it is that it has managed to stay upright, or sort of upright, for so long. Every year it tilts a little more and the Italian government must be spending a fortune inventing ways to keep the tower from falling. When the Leaning Tower of Pisa falls what will happen to Italy? I hate to speculate.
I had charged up the cameras and we did the tourist thing standing there with hundreds of other couples all creating optical illusions by having people raise their arms and positioning them in the viewfinder so that it seems like they are holding the building up. They've been doing this since the first cameras were invented in about 1880 and even with modern equipment you get the same thrill when you the result.
We motored off to Lucca for lunch and I couldn't help being impressed by how everything is so well maintained. Lucca is a fairy tale city surrounded by an ancient wall and, I know I've said it before but I'll say it again, it looked like it went up yesterday.
Inside the great walls there is a maze of antique shops but Luba must have worn her dress at least twice and in Tuscany a woman doesn't feel right unless she's dressed right. Dead right! Well, that's what Luba said as we drove back to Florence. We hit the designer stores, like honey to my little Luba bee, and I managed to take some sneak shots of her in the changing room while she tried on a striped Armani dress. Check it out ;-)
It wasn’t long before Miss Venezuela arrived in her Smart car from Milan. "I simply love driving," were her first words and she flashed a big smile worthy of a beauty queen parade. I thought to myself she won't be smiling when she discovers what I've planned for her first photo session.
Two hours later Miss Venezuela was baptized in red wine. We stripped off her clothes, stood her naked in a big wine bucket and I don’t know how many bottles of wine we poured over her to create a red wine rain effect but by the time we'd finished she looked like a drowned cat. Miss Venezuela turned out to be a good sport and the results, if I may say so, are stunning. There's also some behind the scenes shots which are not to be missed. Check out the day two photos.
I'm feeling totally mediaeval!