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Oct 18, 2015 - And then the walking ceased.....

Here is the report from yesterday. Made it up for breakfast by around 9am. Couldn't miss a meal, you know. Went back and napped until 1pm. Got up and made it to the garden where we ate bread, cheese, apples and wine for lunch. Read until 4. Well, one of us was reading and from the gagging sounds coming from the other one, (you all know who that is,) he was sleeping. When we head a door slam near the Archway that led to the drive, we knew another couple had arrived. The cab drives away and we hear them talking about hoping no one is watching...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Has anyone seen a Duomo?

After rolling ourselves away from quite the Tuscan dinner last night, we waddled down the hallway to our room. The young lady who cooked last night was lovely. She is the girl named, Valentine, Clemintine or Lemon-lime. I can't remember, so let's just call her Mary. Anyway, Mary tells us to join the group for breakfast between 7:30 and 9 am. Then we were going to share a cab to the historical district of Sienna with a young couple we met at dinner. With plans all made we toddle off to bed. The rich terre cotta tiles are cool on our feet...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Arrived in Siena

This day started off in a tizzy. After walking the circumference. Of the globe yesterday, we found ourselves oversleeping and missing check out time. That would not be so bad except for the fact that we had washed our clothes out and hung them out to dry on the small balcony we had the night before. The small balcony was an enclosed area that overlooked tile roofed apartments. Well, we go to sleep with the windows open and the rain softly falling. Sometime in the middle of the night a pair of Slick's pants take flight and parachuted south....

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Oct 11, 2015 - San Gimignano to Siena

Monteriggioni is an 8th century medieval village which has still it's original wall surrounding it. The wall is 500m around with 14 towers and is 20m high. This fortified village survived many wars and was a pivotal defence structure in the wars between Florence and Siena. When we arrived there were a group of people running a Slow Travel Festival setting up for the last day of their three-day festival. One item in particular that I noticed was a device which attaches a third wheel to the front of a wheelchair. This wheel has an...

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Sep 19, 2015 - refugees, traveling in the right direction

We started our day like before, have a breakfast, breaking up, load the vehicle, try to leave the parking without scratches, checked out and accessed the autostrada A1 to Siena, Tuscany. The trip was super relaxed, apart from some spaghetti niggers and arrived safely in Siena some 4hrs later. The hotel, at the busiest street to Siena was nice and comfortable, unloaded the vehicle and took the bus to the city center. A 5 min drive on a steep road, just wide enough for the bus at an average speed of 60kms/h, uphill!!!! The city of Siena is a...

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Jun 3, 2015 - Siena, si!

Ahh, Siena! What genius to launch our trip here, with a few days to recover, de-jetlag, and be tourists before walking in the countryside of Tuscany. Wonderful sights to see, all within strolling distance of our nice little Albergo Chiusarelli , where we can open our shuttered French windows to the chiming bells of San Dominico,and have a glass of Vino on the terrace under the vines. We climb to the top of the Duomo of the magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (because we simply MUST climb every spiral staircase we see!), and admire...

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Walks in Italy

May 25, 2015 - Siena

Monday, May 26th. We finally figured out the local transportation so hopped a bus to Siena. When it came it was full but they managed to find 2 tiny spaces for us to fit into, hanging on for dear life. One good thing about being crowded you can’t fall very far. I had a delightful conversation with her Mom interpreting, with a 4 yr. old. She could count to 10 in Italian and French and to 5 in English. Lots of laughs. It took quite a while to get to town because of traffic but we spent some of the time talking to a couple from Alabama. We...

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May 21, 2015 - Siena

Thursday, May 21st. Off on the Toll Way to Florence. We travelled mostly inland on a vast fertile plain with mountains off in the distance to our left. We found Florence without a hitch but alas the campgrounds alluded us. The first one was scattered over rolling hills in a forested area isolated from any conveniences. I didn’t think I would be able to even walk out to the bus stop 2 km away, up and down hills. The next one we found, again, on top of a hill was around an old hotel which housed a hostel, and what looked like a gypsy...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Sienna

Siena was a surprise stop on our tour. The cathedral in Sienna has incredible mosaics on the floor that are covered up. For about two months per year, they uncover the floors, which apparently started not that long ago. Before,that, it had been 27 years since the floors had been seen. There are statues in the church by Michelangelo and Bernini. Siena has a main square, Il Campo, where a horse race is held every year. The spectators gather in the middle Amy the horses race around them. Siena has neighborhoods, each with its one "mascot" for...

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Down the Road

Jun 27, 2014 - Thursday June 26th - Tuscany in a day tour! Part 1

Our Tuscany in a Day tour with Walk About Florence tours started early on Thursday. We left around 8:30 via private bus - about 34 people total. The bus ride lasted about an hour and our first stop was a small gothic medieval town called Siena. Siena has a really cool history. It is surrounded by olives groves and vineyards of Chianti. Between the 13th and 15th centuries Siena grew in power and attempted to separated from the powerful Florence. Battles were fought between the two regions over the government and power and Florence eventually...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Day 6 - Tuesday 8 April - Florence Galleria dell'accademia

Another day in Florence via a quick train trip and this time to the see the Galleria dell’accademia. This holds many of the works of Michelangelo with the awe-inspiring statue of “David”. This is David from the biblical story of David and Goliath where David slays Goliath with a rock and slingshot when none of his brothers or army were game to face him. The statue is massive, carved out of a block of marble and the detail is truly incredible. How Michelangelo could get this level of detail and perspective when standing next to it he would...

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Apr 7, 2014 - Day 5 – Monday 7 April - Siena & San Gimignano

Today we jumped in the car and drove the scenic route (unplanned) to Siena. The main part of Siena is a walled city with many cobble stone streets lined with shops and villas above. We then walked down some steps into this massive open circular area surrounded by old buildings. This was the town square proudly over shadowed by the town hall and clock tower. This was built in the 1400s….unbelievable. We had lunch here and then gelato. Once a year they have a horse race in the square, cover the cobble stones with sand and everyone stands in...

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