Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
64Trip End Jun 29, 2007
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After seven-day stops in the major cities, these recurring short hops are getting tiresome. Like a bad dream every three or four days.
Especially the sitting-on-Italian-train-stations part.
Listening to repeated warnings not to walk on the railway lines. To stand behind the yellow line.
Today, amid heavy rain and thunder, we rugged up in the japaras and headed down along the tunnel to the Riomaggiore station to catch one train to La Spezia, then the next to Empoli and the third to Siena. There was a 10 minute window at the second change, but Trenitalia came through this time and everything worked.
The trip was initially backtracking through Liguria, but the Empoli to Siena sector travelled into Tuscany and the landscape changed markedly... less market gardening, more fields of hay and crops. And vineyards, of course! Lines of cypresses dotted the crests of hills and there seemed to be an obligatory castle, monastery or ruin thereof on the top of every second rise.
And all the time accompanied by great Australian music with a little Dire Straits and Van Morrison on the iPod - great Christmas present, Hilary and Rohan!
Our hotel here is very nice and we have taken seperate rooms for the first time in a month! The front desk man recommended a little bistro down the road for dinner and the food was excellent, even though the waitress spoke little English and we were not entirely certain what we had ordered. We will be going back there - especially after the complimentary biscotti and liqueurs! We are situated directly across the road from the ancient wall that ringed the town in the 15th century. It is intact and wide enough to walk on around the entire old town... tomorrow's aim.
Looking forward to Siena...