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... had to step aside for a while to let them pass on so we could hear ourselves think.
We got back to the car, where there was no parking ticket! I won’t lie, I was kind of nervous. We found our way out to the autostrada, and headed up to Florence. We hit some evening traffic, but it wasn’t all that bad, and after only a couple of missed navigational queues (I miss Utah’s grid system!), we pulled up to the Machiavelli Palace ...
There was so much packing to do, as you can imagine, we have collected a few things along the way, Laurie made me dispense with a few things since I have had a little retail therapy! All is good though and we managed to squeeze everything in. Gea, our landlord, came around for a farewell drink, after she left we went into "Antica Enoteca" in via della Croce near the Spanish Steps for a pasta and a bottle of Nero d'Avola, yum, an early night, we have a big day ...
... choice to the sommelier) oh and a 1994 desert wine that was of so good ! The food was exquisite ! Albeit, poor Leslie, they screwed up on, pistachio is a nut fools! Her main had to be re done, and I actually had a taste, her duck was better without. Today's ride was awesome, 61k, but only 900m in ascents! One not so nice, but otherwise gentle rolling hills on fairly quiet roads through spectacular vineyard covered hill sides. Today's bonus .... No rain ...
After our cooking class in Florence we hit the autostrada and headed for the Tuscan hillside. We were staying in a B&B about 7km from Siena so we were looking forward to a few days of relaxing under the Tuscan Sun. Once we got off the autostrada the drive along the country roads flanked with olive groves through the sun-drenched vineyards was spectacular.
Just before sunset we arrived at our destination for the next two ...
... only 31. It is the most amazing photo of the Saint holding a sheep, with light and shadow illuminating the painting. Quite exquisite! We then headed up the 'new Doumo', which was started in 1339, but never finished (apparently the original Cathedral was not considered big enough!). The original cathedral was going to be subsumed into a new grand cathedral, becoming the transept of the new one. Hard to imagine that ...