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Jun 2, 2018 - Castles and Chianti

Saturday 2nd June: An afternoon in Chianti. This morning was very leisurely as we had booked a tour “Castles and Chianti” for the afternoon. We were picked up by Daniel from the hotel at 2pm and, after collecting another six people, set of for the castle. This was Montiriggione, high up on a hill not far out of Siena. We were given half an hour to wander around and appreciate the view and the old citadel. As it was a public holiday, there were many people out enjoying the same and the lovely weather. Then we drove through the very...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Siena

Friday 1st June: Another day in Siena. This time we planned to get up earlier and beat the crowds to the Duomo, etc. It was lovely walking through Siena with few people about but the plans went awry when we found that nothing opened before 10am. So we filled in time wandering and then headed for the museum which contained many of the original artefacts taken from the Duomo. This was also the entry to the Panorama del Facciatone, the abandoned nave of the extension to the cathedral that was never completed. It is accessed by a tiny entrance...

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May 29, 2018 - Siena

Tuesday 29th May: Part of our package included a walking tour of Siena and we booked it for late this morning. The hotel is about 3km out of the city but the bus stops at the door in both directions so it was not hard to reach the city. The bus trips were fast and furious as the Sienese bus drivers seem to run to a very tight schedule. We found our way to the side of the Campo where we were to meet the guide and as we had time we booked a tour called Chianti and Castles for Saturday afternoon. A number of other people joined the walking...

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May 28, 2018 - Siena

Monday 28th May: A day of traveling: Time now to move from Sorrento to Siena. We had booked our tickets on the train for 10.15am so did not have to rush. Donatella came in to see us off after breakfast and we said goodbye to her and Daniella who had looked after us very well. We were fortunate in having the B&B totally to ourselves for three nights and scarcely saw the other guests on the other two nights. The time in Sorrento was very pleasant and relaxing (apart from the day trips away!). After the short walk back to the station, this...

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May 11, 2018 - Siena and my Italian school

Just at the end of the first of two weeks at language school, here in Siena. I am in a very personalised class, with only 1 other student! This week, there were only 20 students in total at the school, spread over 5 different levels. I was placed in the most advanced class currently being taught (the more advanced classes that are theoretically available are for university students or for students where Italian is effectively their mother tongue, but there were no such students at the school now). So, I’m obviously making good progress...

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Oct 2, 2017 - It’s been a hard day’s walk and I have been feeling like a dog........

Saturday was our walk to a winery in the hills out from San Gimignano. I am with heavy head cold and fruity chest.Blah! Nonetheless, Codral tabs frequently and antibiotics must surely kick in sooner or later. The sun is glorious. We are off to walk to Carlesi Zucconi winery run by an englishman, can you believe.! Gabriele is a little concerned about the laxity of this man’s phone response, when trying to organise a light lunch and wine tasting. The walk is beautiful, winding down to creeks and up the other side of the hill, through olive...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Siena

Siena is comprised of 17 Districts, each with its own flag and style of street lights. The Districts offer a wide range of names such as the noble sounding 'Dragon District', 'Panther District' and the 'She-Wolf District'. But at the other end of the spectrum are less imposing names, such as 'The Snail District', 'The Noble Conch Shell District' and 'The Noble Caterpillar District'. We are staying, I am proud to say, in the 'Noble Eagle District'. Flag waving is taken seriously (and competitively) here, ranging from the kids we saw...

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Italy - Finally!

Sep 11, 2017 - Moving on to Siena, Tuscany

So, yesterday morning we left Vernazza for Siena where we had booked four nights at a B & B. We were thinking of stopping in Florence for a night or two to give us a day there, but we’re both kind of liking staying a bit longer at each location. We can always take the bus or train ride into Florence one day if we feel like it, rather than stay overnight there, but we’ll have to see how that goes. Davide, the husband of our Vernazza Rooms accommodation, came up to our room at 10am yesterday morning and, once again, lifted both bags (one on...

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Italy - Finally!

May 19, 2017 - Siena

Siena is a beautiful town. It has lovely cathedrals and a famous La Plaza where a horse race takes place in August. All the locals cheer for their riders who ride bareback around the concrete oval. Many historical views and sites to see. Toni and I walked over 25500 steps today and my feet knew it lol. We finished the day by having wine and antipasto on the top of the fortress whilst runners and walkers past us by.

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May 18, 2017 - Siena

Well my first day of driving is over and it all went pretty well. Had a little fun with a toll gate early in day but other than that we all survived thanks to my wonderful navigator and sound advice from Adam..keep right always!! It really does work𯘆 We found our lively bnb and Lawrence our host and his father were waiting for us. Having found a close park Fifi was unpacked and safely left for the next two nights while we explore the city of Siena.

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May 11, 2017 - Siena

Last day in Siena and feeling like locals we opted to purchase some antipasta items from the local deli. That was an experince! and yummy. Finally time for Loralie to enjoy the Xmas present I bought for her. Chianti Sunset dinner at Casafrassi Farm and Winery. Picked up at our accommodation by the pleasant Stephan we got to visit another walled castle town, Monteriggioni. Where parts of Gladiator were filmed. Unfortunately ther wasn't much of a sunset to be seen but it wasn't raining. Dropped home about 10 30 after a great evening for our...

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May 10, 2017 - Siena

Best day yet. Drove through the rolling hills of Tuscany. Checked out a couple of small towns, Castellina and San Gimignano then off to Chianti wine tasting. They weren't mean with the wine and nibbles. We tried 6 different wines from whites through to Chianti supreme. Plenty of Tuscan snacks including cheeses, salami, peppery olive oil and best of all truffle olive oil. They also had us dipping biscotti into our dessert wine. Try it. It's not bad, certainly softens up that biscotti. The small van with its 7 passengers was a lot noisier on...

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