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Apr 8, 2009 - Day 6, Siena

Disclaimer: This blog was never really meant for anyone to read other than Eunice and I as a way to remember every day of our trip, but if you happen to be here, welcome! Be prepared for some internal jokes or jargon that only Eunice and I use though. :) --- Woke up in the morning, and decided to visit the Basilica near our hotel. It wasn’t anything fancy, lots of pigeon droppings, and there was no mass, but the church was nice and quiet with few individuals streaming in and out while we were there. This was followed by visits to the...

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Apr 7, 2009 - Day 5, Siena

Disclaimer: This blog was never really meant for anyone to read other than Eunice and I as a way to remember every day of our trip, but if you happen to be here, welcome! Be prepared for some internal jokes or jargon that only Eunice and I use though. :) --- We reached Siena after our detour in Pisa. I didn’t know much about Siena until Eunice told me about this town. Considered the best preserved medieval city, this is a declared World Heritage Site! Florentine rule in the 16th century kind of wiped out most of the local population, and...

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Feb 6, 2009 - Siena

Natalia and I woke up, showered and were off to the train station for Siena. We made a quick pit stop at the Central Food Market to get some fruit for breakfast and pack a panini for lunch from our favorite stand in the market. I love train rides especially if we have our own room on the train (which we did) so we could lay out and sleep or write in our journals. We arrived, glanced at a map and started walking towards the Piazza del Campo. Siena is filled with beautiful buildings and colors with streets that, like most Italian cities,...

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Oct 12, 2008 - Siena, Chianti, and Toscana

We pick up a car at noon from Florence and drive through the Chianti to our Agriturismo just outside the walls of Siena, the Agriturismo Marciano. We take advantage of the afternoon to see the city of Siena and eat some of the world's best food from some of the world's best restaurants. Our first day-long drive through the Toscana takes us South of Siena into Montalcino and Montepulciano. We start with a sublime visit to the Abbazia Di Sant'Antimo to hear Gregorian chanters do it up right. Then we get an extensive tour of the vinyard Tenute...

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Eurotrip Part Deux

Aug 13, 2008 - Another beautiful ride through Tuscanny

Another country drive in Tuscany, another drive through a landscape painting. I think we could live here (don't worry family, we're not planning on moving). As you drive through the curvy roads, you see waves of of hills, grape vines and olive trees. It seems somewhat familiar - but familiar from a dream or a movie. Today we walked through the scenic Sienna as they prepare for there big festival. Here all of the local towns compete in a big horse race - it's a big deal. I believe its about 26 towns, each with their own colors, flags and...

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Aug 10, 2008 - Ciao from Italia

Ciao Friends, So finally we have a long update. We've been writing in our journal and finally have enough time to give everyone a proper update. Of course the computer won't let us upload photos for security reasons, but those will come soon. 8/10 Chianciano Terme Jess and I had a few fast paced days in Rome and we're now relaxing in Tuscany. Rome is similar to NY only add a few thousand years of history, some monuments and a lack of diversity. We enjoyed Rome but probably would have enjoyed it more after a few good nights of rest. Our...

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Aug 7, 2008 - Relaxing in our Tuscan Villa and Siena

Well today signifies half way for our amazing holiday. In some ways it has gone so quickly but on the other hand it feels as though I have been away forever. We have Sorrento, Molinara, SIcily and Rome to go. I can't wait to see what these have in store for us. This morning we had a lazy morning. Carmine kept me awake most of the night with his snoring as he and Vince stayed up all night until 1:30am drinking. They drank all of the wine and hence we have none left. Vince and Nella went for a very long walk and I had a relaxing shower etc. I...

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Aug 2, 2008 - Leaving Trentino- Very, very sad

Today we left Trentino. Oh my God how sad has it been. I feel as though these people have become part of my extended family. I love them and am very sad to leave. Vince went this morning to get the door that had smashed the other night in the thunder storm and Illaria, Nella and I went to stock up on gluten free products as we don't know what to expect once we get to Tuscany. Daniele of course could not let us go empty handed and gave us, fresh sugo that he had made that morning, home made olio, pomodori, home made jams and gluten free...

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Jun 10, 2008 - Siena

Well Tuscany is all it promises to be. The rolling hills covered in vineyards and olive groves, the Tuscan villas, the medieval towns that cling to the hill tops and a beautiful place to go cycling! We set up camp just outside of Siena and had a couple of days wondering around the town, exploring the winding medieval streets, now lined with designer shops, pizza and gelato shops. The main centrepiece of the town is the square called Il Campo which houses a 103m bell tower, which you can climb and is home to a famous horse race (that I...

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May 2, 2008 - Orvieto and Sienna

Orvieto is another hilltop town that we first noticed driving down from Florence on the AutoStrada. Orvieto is known for its excellent white wine, which we enjoyed one evening. We share the comments of other travelers to Italy, that the Churches seem to define the town. Orvieto has a nice chuch but what stood out the most was the organ. Several ranks of pipes were arranged around the church and we suspect that a highlight would be to hear that organ. It is said by some that Siena is the best preserved Medieval town, although many of these...

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Apr 15, 2008 - Siena Italy

We decided to head to Siena today. It is a historic city first settled back in 900 – 400 BC, the symbol which you see everywhere is a she-wolf with two infants suckling. We received fantastic directions from Doris & Doug once again. The drive to Siena was beautiful and confusing again. We have come to the realization that there are lots of signs, but they do not tell your when you have arrived at your destination. We found a map and started heading towards the Duomo which is a historic church built back in the 12th century. The...

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Feb 4, 2008 - Siena

Then it was off to Siena where they have an annual event of horse racing around the Campo (City Square). Lots of wandering around cobbled streets again with an amazing array of very modern shops inside medieval buildings, quite a mix. Rob and I had some magnificent gelati even though it was only 10C.

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