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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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May 9, 2017 - Siena

Did self guided tour of Siena. Checked out lots of Piazzas and churches and more. The story that intrigued us the most was of Saint Catherine, whose head is on display at the Basilica di San Domenico. Loralie settle for lasagne today and I went for pork with Chainti wine sauce. We've decided to give up water at trattorias. €3.50 for bottle of water compared to €5 for 1/2 lt wine. Done deal!

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May 9, 2017 - Bologna to Siena

The fast train from Bologna to Florence may be fast but it's underground 𯘭 so we decided to take the slower but more scenic bus from Bologne to Siena. Arrived around 1 pm and decided we could walk the 2.2k from the station. We thought we were pretty fit as we've done so much, but let me tell/remind you that walking that distance over cobblestones, uphill, dragging a suitcase and still with a four level of stairs to the apartment to come nearly killed us. Luckily the apartment is great and they provided a bottle of Chainti and box of...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Palio di Siena

Slow to start today. We headed out and made a stop at a winery called La Tancia. There are two tables and the other one was taken. The lady grabbed a wooden bench and carries it across the room and places next to the table for me to sit down. She asks if we would like some bread. She brings us bread with olive oil, sets down two wine glasses, bottle of water, glasses and three bottles of wine. She walks away and says "it's self serve". We are left with three bottles of wine. So we do are best. When we go to leave Elton asks how much and...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Siena

Today is the first day of the "Palio di Siena". What is the Palio di Siena you ask... the simple answer is a horse race held in the Piazza del Campo, which is held twice a year on July 02 and August 16. But this race, which is year long process, takes place over 4 days. The city is made up of 10 quarters called Contrades and each compete to win the Palio, a decorated drape, a silk banner portraying the Virgin Mary. The Palio dates back to the 17th Century. Today the first day, the training trail takes place early in the morning, (5 a.m. to...

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May 29, 2016 - Siena to Lago Trasimeno

Day 10 Siena to Lago Trasimeno At about 4am this morning our camp was woken by the sound of a fierce cat fight. The screams and shrieks from the cats ensured that nobody needed an alarm. We rose to an overcast sky and even as I sat down to breakfast a very light drizzle started.it didn't take long for me to decide to start the ride with my rain jacket on. Who wants to get wet with 96 km still to go. Unfortunately the rain came and went throughout the morning so it was jackets on then jackets off for much of the day. The first part of the...

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May 28, 2016 - Montopoli to Siena and rest day

Day 8 Montopoli to Siena and rest day in Siena Woke to the sounds of roosters and doves which was soon supplanted by the drone of traffic on the nearby autostrada. Jaap, the cook, excelled himself this morning with a wonderful omelette with bacon and cheese. I forsook my usual cereal in order to have a decent helping of this protein. The route led off uphill, what's new, along narrow roads bordered by embankments which gave a feeling of riding along English hedgerows. The sun shining through the trees left dappled shadows through which we...

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Oct 19, 2015 - The Return to Empoli

The stop in this nontourist city is a rerun of a journey we had in 2006 with Bruce and Bonnie. As we all know returning to the scene of any crime is never good. We maneuver our way by train from Siena to Empoli, an hour trip and arrive at the train station not sure if we should head to the hotel or not, as we are early. So, we drag our luggage to a small coffee shop about a half a block from the station to grab a latte. Wouldn't you know it was the same place we stopped with Bruce and Bon to have gelato! After gorging ourselves we grabbed a...

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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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