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... from these events as the churches are really small and taking photos is not allowed as it will disturb the horse. If you do want to see it, find a contrada that does the blessing outdoors. It is a very serious event and we were lucky to witness how the local citizens experience and celebrate on this special day of the year. All were gearing up for this big event with banners, flags and all the seating set up. After the tour we had lunch overlooking the Palazzo IIl Campo and then ...
... or Friday 22nd August 2014. If things go to plan, then I will have completed my Via Francigena pilgrimage either 9 or 10 days earlier than I first imagined, and I will get to spend my birthday in and around the Vatican City. What a great present that will be!!
I hope I'm not tempting fate talking this way, so please continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I also need prayers that my boots will hold out a bit longer (see photo).
... I didn't hear about it until I was fetched from the nearby bar where I'd gone in search of that elusive Wi-Fi. The rebuke was gentle, so I didn't feel too bad.
Siena is a great city to visit. My family 'travel agency' did me proud yet again by fixing me up with a hotel very close to all the major attractions. It took no longer than 5minutes to get to the Piazza del Campo, the shell-shaped square that is the focal point of the city and which hosts ...
... do not touch the horse. Even if you wanted to you couldn't get near them. we are all packed in, there is a rumbling outside which is the group of young men beating the drums, rump-pa-ta-ta, rump-pa-ta-ta, rump-pa-ta-rump-pa-ta-rump-pa-ta-ta. It's awesome. The congregation becomes quiet, Trumpets players , drummers, waving of the flags, a procession itself. As they get closer and enter the church the drumming becomes more intense , they enter and it settles into the loud ...
... medieval weapon. You could tell many of them were dying in the blazing sun...especially the ones in the full body armor! The parade ended with 4 huge oxen pulling a platform of more ceremonial trumpeters & the Palio Banner, which is hand painted! That was pretty incredible!! Finally, after more than 2 hours of parade, it was race time!! I think it took about 30-40 minutes once they brought out the horses for it to officially start. There were 4 or 5 ...
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