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No workshop today as we are heading to Cortona for the day. The 2 mini vans came at 9:00am to pick us up. It took just over an hour to get there. Our first stop was to the the house owned by the American woman who wrote "Under the Tuscan Sun". I am not familiar with her but of course all the other Americans knew of her. Unfortunately it is being removed and it was totally covered in scaffolding!!!! We were then driven into Cortona ...
... very, very clean and even though many people smoke, we never saw a cigarette butt on the ground. Most of the markets and businesses closed from 1:00 to 4:00 for lunch. Restaurants would topically stay open, but not always. Dinner usually begins around 9:00, so not unusual to see entire families strolling with young children at 11:00 pm. Quite an adjustment for us.
... White and Sky Blue
13. Pantera: Panther - Red, White, and Blue
14. Selva: Forest - Green, Orange, and White
15. Tartuca: Tortoise - Yellow and Blue
16. Torre: Tower - Crimson, White, and Blue
17. Valdimontone: Ram- Red, Yellow, and White
All Sienese are affiliated with one of the contrade, to which a typical Sienese feels loyal with a strength perhaps surpassed only by their ...
... Then you choose your mascot. Siena has 17 contradas, some mascots include, eagle, turtle, unicorn, wolf. And each contrada has a flag of course, so as you walk through town, businesses, churches fly their flags. So walking down a long street you could see many different flags depending on the where the neighboorhood lines are. So back to the race, 10 contradas race each year, who races depends on rotation. After ...
... and anything that we hadn’t used yet. Dinner was interesting consisting of, mashed potato with onion, zucchini for me and leftover pasta and stir fry. We definitely had our fill on carbs tonight.
Tomorrow we are off to Milan, which we are both very excited about. I have wanted to go to Milan for as long as I can remember so to finally be going is great. We are always going to be checking out if anything will be happening for Australia Day, if so you will most definitely be reading about what we got up to. ...