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Feb 8, 2014 - My day in Tuscany

Here at the hostel, there is a list of tours you can take. Because it winter, it comes really cheap. Tuscany is everything you think it will be. Beautiful, wonderful energy and if you're blessed a lovely Italian man. I advise taking your time. If you are not fortunate enough to live here, soak up all you can. Something has changed in me. It is weird but I spent most of my life, having the first instinct to help. And putting others ahead of myself. Here I am selfish. Not that I can not help and do when it seems necessary. I talked to the...

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Sep 30, 2013 - Siena

The morning started out looking very nice - sunny, blue skies but unfortunately it didn't last. It poured a couple of times while we were in Siena The views from our place are very much like the pictures you see of Tuscany complete with a long row of skinny cypress off in the distance. It took us just under an hour to drive into Siena and this time the roads made sense and of course the scenery was beautiful. No real opportunities to stop for photo ops. The Siena main square is quite different from any other squares as it is really circular...

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Bella Italia!

Sep 23, 2013 - Siena in Tuscany

Today we drive over to Siena, a short 30 minute drive, to visit what some believe to be the perfect model of a Tuscan city. The high city walls are from brick rather than stone in this part of Tuscany and inside the gates, there is little to no vehicle traffic allowed. This is a wonderful change since all the sidewalks are very narrow and rugged with cobblestones and it is hard to manage crossing traffic safely in some of the more crowded areas. -------- Siena is the site of the famous Palio horse race which takes place in July and August....

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Sep 15, 2013 - Sightseeing in Siena, Tuscany, Italy

We walked to the neighbourhood grocery store to get some groceries for breakfast since our accommodation had a very nice kitchen for guest use. Unfortunately, it was a cool and cloudy day so that limited our options of what to do for the day. We had hoped to do a cycle trip through the countryside, but changed our minds based on the weather forecast. We spent the day walking through the walled old city, taking a few pics of the noteworthy sights: the "Duomo" which is very similar in style to the one in Florence, the large and unique central...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Firenze, San Gimingano e Siena

JOSH: IMPRESSIONS ON FIRENZE by Josh - a great city split in half by a river - Michelangelo is buried there - Michelangelo's famous statue "David" is in a museum there - has one of the most famous bridges in the world that was not bombed because the Germans decided it was too beautiful - visited by Hitler and his mate Benito Mussolini - has an AMAZING duomo (cathedral) - great place for photos - could spend a long time there - finding a place to park is HARD - we had bad luck there (don't even mention it)

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Jul 18, 2013 - Siena Days 1 & 2

Siena is absolutely my favorite place so far!The town is so small and there is so much to see! We took a 3 hour bus ride from Rome to Siena. We went straight from there to check into our hotel, Albergo, a 12th century hotel. We walked up about a million stairs to get to our room! But it was definitely worth it, it was so cute and had so much old stuff in it. Our shower there was just a hole in the floor which was kind of fun too! Later we met up with our group and went to dinner at Gallo Nero, black rooster, a midevil restaurant. We had...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Siena and Tuscan B&B

Our B&B is an old converted farm house just south of Siena with a beautiful view of the countryside. I worried about not having air-conditioning, but it's been chilly at night so no issue there. We've had beautiful weather for the most part with upper 60's to low 70's during the day and mostly beautiful sunny skies.. An hour south of Florence is a quaint little town named Siena where we made our base for our stay in Tuscany. It was a good location for the day trips to the mountain towns in the area and Florence. The town was Florence's...

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May 11, 2013 - We found it: The Tuscany of my Day Dreams

Today, we woke up and went down-stairs for a big continental breakfast in our hotel. Italians traditionally have a croissant with a cup of espresso for breakfast but because we are staying in a Best Western, we had our first big breakfast of the trip. We then took a bus to the train station; from there, we were going to get onto a second bus traveling to a hill town but like usual, the bus left just as we arrived. Instead of waiting for two hours, we decided to buy tickets for the next departing bus to a hill town we knew nothing about....

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May 10, 2013 - Another Bus....missed

After a rough start to our day (we missed the bus by 3 minutes and had to wait for the next one which didn't leave for another two hours) we headed to Siena. Kayley and I both LOVED Rome but we were ready for the beautiful countryside of Tuscany. When we arrived in Siena we checked into our hotel and walked to the city center. Siena, was not what I had imagined (vineyards, sunflower fields, small-picturesque town), instead, it was a busy town surrounded by stone walls and was actually fairly commercial. We explored for several hours and...

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May 3, 2013 - Friday - Day trip to Siena

Off to Siena for the day. From the Siena station, I found the 8 flights of escalators through the shopping centre to the city level and a comparatively easy straight line walk through the city wall found me at the centre of attractions, the Piazza del Campo. Wandered far and wide through the city, taking in the sights, the architecture and trying to revive memories of 30 years ago when I first visited. Getting there early was a good move as Siena was not over-run by tourists. (Is there something strange about that statement???). Back to...

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Apr 20, 2013 - il porcaio

We at least left the house today. Went to the ATM to get $ for the kids and also the Co-op to be sure we have groceries for the family. The co op is so weird in that you just never know what they're going to have or not have. It's not like home where you can reliably expect them to have what you want. But, they did have some peanut-free bread today so we picked up 2 loaves. James hooked me up so that I could access Hulu and watch my shows tonight. I caught a little Housewives. James hit the sack early because tomorrow morning he is getting...

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Apr 19, 2013 - il porcaio

Just hung out today. Did laundry, I think started this journal, ate PB&J. Watched the animals in the evening. James cooked us catfish shark with mustard sauce for dinner... OK, now this was freaking awesome. Totally unexpectedly awesome. We also had a delicious risotto with it.

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