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Travel Blogs from San Giuliano Terme
... beauty for this prairie girl to handle! After we made our way back to the hostel, we took a little "nap" and accidentally woke up around ten that night, with just enough time and energy to slip into our pajamas and go back to bed for the rest of the night! The next morning we woke up bright and early on a mission! Hiking Cinque Terre, which is a string of five little towns that are built along the Italian Riviera! After waiting a little while in the train station for the first train ...
Siena, a university town nestled in the hills, narrow streets, steep alleys, a Gothic Duomo (cathedral) and a immense Piazza del Campo. It is divided into 17 contradas (neighbourhoods) each with its own banner representing an animal, a turtle, a porcupine etc... Had a Cappuccino on the piazza where twice a year the famous Palio is run. Tons of sand is dumped on the perimeter of the piazza and they have horses and jockeys vying for ...
... and also because we went shopping. I love the handbags, shoes, everything here. Katie bought some clothes. I bought a few things too (um, yes, another handbag......... it was such good value!!!).
As we walked up the streets of Pisa, we were intrigued by 2 things - firstly how many gelato shops there were, and again, why Florentinians despise Pisa. We thought the main street was lovely, with nice shops, and so on. Crossing the bridge over ...
... anywhere and we discovered little alleyways full of shops teeming with pasta, spec ham, parma ham and seafood stalls as well as local weekend markets with everything from Sicilian cannoli to fake designer clothes. We visited the Duomo, which was covered in scaffolding on the outside but spectacular inside, and found the locally revered twin towers – one is 2 m off vertical while the other is 3 m out of whack. How they are still standing we don’t ...
... and then back tracked through the old parts of Verona back to Piazza Bra (that’s correct - Bra) over looking the ‘Arena’ and sat down for a late …but well deserved lunch. (as well as some very cold beers and Proseccos).
We eventually made our way back to ‘Hotel Trieste’ to relax and have our showers and get ready for the big night. (NB: I have just written word number 70,000 in this ‘living the Dream’ diary).
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