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... We needed lunch after that and we had a cute little restaurant all to ourselves - how romantic. First time I have had Minestrone in Italy and it was yummy. The panna cotta with Amaretto we shared was also very delicious and different to others I have tried. We tried to do some shopping without luck and then went to the Museo Del Opera which was full of all the beautiful things they have taken out of the duomo to protect it – like the magnificent leadlight and some ...
... parade is The War Chariot. It is an authentic carriage which holds the Palio banner, trumpeters, the symbol of Siena, and some other bods of pomp and ceremony. Pulling this amazing carriage are two pairs of Oxen each led by their cow-herder. Oh my , what majestic creatures these are. the cow-herders head only came up to the shoulders of these animals, so we estimate at the top of the shoulder theses oxen would be six to seven foot tall, no exaggeration.
... staying in the big
house with him to dinner. Since I had no drinks to bring him (he turned up his
nose at the offer of the soy milk or chocolate rice milk I have in my fridge
for some odd reason!), I brought him one of my mini re-paintings instead of
Austin Starry Night. Dinner was Italian, of course, with focaccia topped with
fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce plus garlic, an interesting salad of onions,
mint and watermelon, ...
... in the States, this cellar does not have visiting hours or a public parking area. You wouldn't even know it was a cellar unless you knew where to go, which is why you have to book a tour with a company to have a tasting and view the cellar. Set on a back street, this is the ONLY cellar inside the medieval walls of Siena. The vineyards are in the valley below in the Province of Montalcino and they have to haul the grapes up to this cellar for ...
... and we chatted to the locals who treated us like people and not as though we were a gathered herd of tourists. We were also lucky to be present to see the 'Madonna and bambino' icon exhibition displayed on the alter. A beautiful sight.
We walked on as it was still not too hot to another church at the other end of town. I havent got the name but on our arrival we discovered it had been turned into a hotel. You can imagine Michaels reaction.... ...