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... of yesteryear – and there have been quite a few of them it seems.
The Duomo also featured a very imposing pulpit and a wonderful looking set of organ pipes with a separate set of pipes resembling trumpets - most impressive all round.
We were disappointed to find the restaurant we had been recommended for dinner was fully booked so we strolled around for a while and finally found a lovely spot run by two charming ...
... a couple of hours we decided to sneak back to the McDonalds as we knew they don’t sell pizza or pasta! (How can they eat so much pizza and pasta?). For about 7.50 Euros ($10) you can get a McBurger with fries and a coke. (Not exactly a Big Mac). We are reminded daily how inexpensive food is in the US! It was 9 PM on Saturday night. The Italian McDonalds is a hangout for families with kids playing in the Mcfun place and teenagers Mcdating.
Today we leave Sulmona and head for Siena, in anticipation of the Palio, which we have read about and are excited to see.
Me driving again first up. Our driving has been better this time, but still need to concentrate very hard . We had a plan to drive via the smaller roads and visit an Etruscan town , Orvieto on the way. So off we head up the mountains again.
The beginning of every trip is heading out of town which involves those bloody round ...
... in the centre and the horses race around the cobbled perimeter. Injuries are common to horse and rider apparently.
We had a nice meal in the Piazza then meandered home.
Saturday 31st: We got picked up from our digs by Simon and driven in a van with 2 other couples (from USA & Canada) to San Gimingiano. This little hilltop town is another town of medieval towers - at one time it had 94 but only 14 remain. ...
... of the head of a rag doll?” Maybe Jake is the next Stephen King?
Mother Nature must like shopping more than walking. The sun came out while we were touring the village but started to rain for our walk. We have been lucky so far for weather and this would have been the wettest to date.
Off to Volterra - City of Alabaster, protected by a Fortress built by the Florentines. Georgia, Ruth, Susan, Bobby and myself made our way to ...