One of the things I noticed while we wandered around Pisa were all of the patterns that appeared both in nature and in man made objects.
We took a private three-hour tour on Thursday afternoon with the lovely Martina and, while our tour was entitled “Pisa: Beyond the Leaning Tower,” we did start at the Piazza dei Miracoli and had a bit of a lesson about that very important area. One of the things she told us is that there are a couple of hypotheses regarding the placement of the Leaning Tower. One of them is that the location was chosen because the relationship of its location to that of the duomo and the baptistery is consistent with the Golden Ratio. Well, that is a pattern that I certainly wouldn’t recognize even if I were looking at the area from the Goodyear blimp but there are others in Pisa that I did see.
The gate detail above was one of the first things that popped up at me; then the grates on the grass; then the arches on the tower; the pepper bouquet in the market; the bubbles in the square; the Keith Haring figures on a mural; the beautiful,recycled Roman capitals on the columns in front of the bank, etc. Once an idea takes hold in my brain, it just won’t let go.
I’ve also noticed the pattern of me having a spritz every time we sat down at a cafe but that isn’t really the kind of pattern I should be noticing, so, I won’t illustrate it here.