Bagno Santo Hotel
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I just have to finish off in Tuscany ... We spent our last morning in Bagni di San Filippo...one of the local thermal sulphur bath areas near Pienza. Well what a laugh...we never expected the guys to rise to the occasion .....but they did, shower caps and all...looking like those other rubber things!!! What a laugh... We all enjoyed it and came out relaxed and smiling! A super little lunch spot ...
... while. The GPS has worked pretty well but got its knickers in a twist over the one way system in Bracciano, which is where we became separated.
We finished the day in the charming hilltop town of Montefiascone - the only thing not quite so charming was the climb up to the place - the clue is in the name! At least the first bit tomorrow will be downhill!
We have managed 113km today which is a bit less than our target but not too bad. We should settle into things after a few ...
... down by the ages. The monks have given themselves to the vocation of keeping the chanting alive; they practice it five times a day. The church is well out of the way, set in beautiful surrounds, there are tourists (like us) but not crowds and the ambience is sublime. The whole thing was conducted in Latin, so god knows what they were chanting about (yes, I did it again), but it was beautifully done. Five monks from a guy in his 20s to a guy ...
... surfeit of 'nows' and 'knows').
ps- All the best to Tottenham Hotspur and their supporters for the 2014/15 season. An away win versus West Ham tomorrow will provide the perfect springboard for a successful premier league campaign. I know some followers of Manchester United also read this blog, so let's hope you do well enough to qualify for one of the elite European competitions next year.
We knew today would be a driving day as the goal of our journey lay 1 1/2 hours away. What we didn't count on was the GPS that Avis provided us, which seems to have a strange setting called "take me by the most tiny and winding roads possible in all of Italy". And our GPS was totally successful! But more of that later.. Our host Stefano tried in vain to provide a nice breakfast this morning - processed gluten free "foods" sadly missed ...