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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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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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