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Sep 25, 2010 - Volterra,Italy

On the way to Volterra from Florence we visited a friend of one of Dellie°s co-worker, a short fun visit. Had troubled finding their house so we knocked on somebodys door, they made a phone call and got the direction and the man lead us with his car to her house. We then continue on through Tucsany to the walled hilltop town of Volterra. Driving on small country roads, with small villages passed fields of sunflowers that are now dried and brown. Camped near the old city walls of Volterra. Finished dinner just before the heavy rain...

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Jun 28, 2010 - A day in Siena

We traveled to Siena today from Florence. When we got to siena, we didn't have any accomidations so we went to the tourist office. They found us this very cute bed an breakfast. We had to splurge a little for this place but it was worth it. After we found our place to stay we explored Siena. We visited the churches and the main square which was set up for their famous horse race that happens every year. Horses and riders ride 3 times around the square and the horse that finishes first(with or without the rider) wins honor for that region of...

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May 23, 2010 - Sienna - Amore!

Arrived in Sienna in the Tuscany area today. So nice and sunny. Our hotel is part of a converted convent. It has been totally rehabbed and is very nice. What a great view. All of the rooms only have single beds. You can push them together yourself and go to confession later. (blushing while I write). Climbed 300+ steps to a central tower for a magnificent view to work up an appetite for lunch overlooking the main town square. The square is famous for horse racing two times a year (kind of like running with the bulls without the blood)....

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May 12, 2010 - Italy: Siena and Pienza

OK, Tuscany was a surprise. It is really everything it's cracked up to be--maybe more. Driving through the countryside proved to be easy and fun. Sienna is a wonder of beautiful architecture and the shell-shaped campo where their famous horse race takes place every year. You saw it at the beginning of the movie "Quantum of Solace." The cathedral with it's inlaid floor and black and white marble striped columns....amazing. Michelangelo wrote letters about it as he travelled back and forth from Florence to Rome while completing works for Pope...

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Mar 23, 2010 - Siena - got to love the traffic

Up again today a little late – isn’t that what vacation is for?? Had breakfast – some pastries that we had picked up the day before in Pienza= chocolate, cream and apricot. Isabel stopped by this morning- she is feeling much better. She gave us some advice about parking in Siena for our trip today – talked about the snow storm they had on March 9 – sounds like several feet of snow feel that day. She also gave us a recommendation about which bath/hot spring/spa would be good to visit tomorrow. Finished getting ready and went into town for...

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Oct 15, 2009 - Siena

@@@@@@@ The sun was getting rather low in the sky and the traffic was getting rather high on the roads as we traveled by bus from San Gimignano to Siena. We probably should have started earlier in the day, we left at the crack of noon, as is our habit. Perhaps we should have taken a little less time in San Gimignano but the place was like no other and we hadn’t been in a hurry to leave. Then again, if we had paid attention to the bus schedule we would have arrived at the bus stop in time to catch a bus right away. Instead, we waited for...

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Oct 12, 2009 - Siena, Italy

After train journey from Ljubljana via Villach (Austria), Venice & Firenze (Florence)we arrive to Siena on the 9th. Rick & Trish arrived on the 11th. A little pressed for time tonight so spent it uploading photos. Will add text in the next few days. We're renting a car tomorrow and driving thru the local wine country. On Wednesday we'll use train for day trip to Firenze, that's Florence for you non-Italian-speaking gringos. Ciao for now

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Sep 14, 2009 - Siena

Siena is the home of the Palio, an annual horse race between the contrada's of the city. These medieval neighborhoods have their own animal symbols, flags, church, and social club. The Palio is featured in the opening of the movie Quantum of Solace. It is very busy town when we were there, and we were constantly dodging cars in the very thin streets. Coming out of our hotel we heard drums beating and found a small parade of drums & flags from the contrada that we were located in. We followed our usual tradition of climbing hundreds of...

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Jul 3, 2009 - Siena

Siena, built in the 13th Century, holds 20,000 people within the city walls and 40,000 outside of them. For our tours of Siena, the kids and adults broke off from each other this morning, and Emma and Nick learned the following from Lorraine... Emma also read about this in a book, "The Diary of Melanie Martin, Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo and the Leaning Tower of Pizza." According to legend, two boys, Romulus and Remus got left by their father near the river Tiber. They would have starved but for a mother wolf who adopted...

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Jun 21, 2009 - Pisa

I woke up at 7 and was so excited that I had 9 hours of sleep the night before! I cleaned up my room and got ready. There was a beautiful thunderstorm going on outside. I hoped that the storm wouldn't be in Pisa. I went downstairs and was surprised again with breakfast. Fiorella and I had a confusing conversation. She tried to explain to me that she unplugged all the electronics, including my computer, because of the storm. I didn't understand her until she actually unplugged the toaster...Italian is so complicated!!! Agh!! I started...

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Jun 20, 2009 - Firenze

I woke up at 5:30 and got ready. I went downstairs at 6:30 and was surprised with breakfast. I ate and then got the bus. Our bus was coming at 8 and I was lucky to get there early. So I was able to get water at a bakery. The bus ride was comfortable. There was the most beautiful scenery. At the Firenze bus station we bought a map so we could figure out where to go. We had to go through a market and it was so hard not to stop and buy something!! There was a pretty church we passed too. We decided to go see the statue of David first. It was...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Siena

I woke up at 6:30 this morning and got ready. Noel and I discussed going to the Duomo after school, so I left my laptop home. I am so sick of toast it's ridiculous!!! If I never eat toast again after this trip I will be very happy!! Presentations were finished today in deaf culture, which was basically a review of intro to interpreting. LIS class was shorter today because Luigi had to catch a bus. It was a half day so we all ate lunches and could go off wherever we want. My lunch that I got was weird!! I don't really know what kind of...

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