"The Wall"

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Please read NOTHING into the fact that there has been an excess of Pink Floyd albums as titles for entries. Never did like them... one thing the spouse and I disagreed on regarding music.

"The Wall' however is the starting point for today's exploration.

La Fortezza is a 16th century fortress built to defend Sienese from the attacking Florentines. Its walls are so high and wide that there are now mature trees planted along the tops and it is a popular park of sorts. Inside is currently a Luna Park and wine bars. The sight of the 11th century Duomo tower peeking over the 16th century walls housing the 21st century Terminator was a mix of contrasts that tickled my fancy!

Liz then leads us on a walk through the Basilica di San Domenico - the church of Saint Catherine of Siena. Its claim to fame is the (allegedly) preserved head - eeww! - of Catherine, who came to Catholic prominence as an 8 year old, received the stigmata, was subsequently canonised and is Siena's patron saint. The church is an interesting mix of building styles - plain pre-Reformation, elaborate Gothic post-Reformation and some restored parts following earthquake and fire damage.

There's a bit more walking through the streets, a bit more eating and drinking in cafes and a bit of siesta time... Walking in 30C is hot work.

For the first time since Canada, I spend a night in - salad for tea with Italian TV. Without being able to understand a single word, Italy's 'Funniest Home Videos' proves that children, animals and people doing stupid things have universal appeal.
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