Day 7 - afternoon
To be quite honest with you, I didn't know at all what to expect when I signed up for our afternoon’s San Gimignano’s optional excursion. You see, I hadn’t read the brochure that Ernesta had handed out to us thinking that a surprise would probably be nice as I left it to destiny! After all, weren’t we in Tuscany and wasn’t the area supposed to be outstanding kind of thing! I was soon about to find out whether I had made the right decision or not!
The bus left on time and every single person from the group was onboard the motor coach having all signed up for this special excursion. Well, I told myself, good thing that I did too!
The route taken by Ciro soon convinced me that indeed I had made the right decision in coming as we traveled on winding roads in the countryside of Tuscany and where picturesque landscape of valleys, hilltops and mountains were seen endlessly! Where along the way, cypress trees lined up these roads and where vineyards and olive fields lay silent in the landscape while providing a real feeling of Tuscany’s life.
In the far distances, farmhouses stood out against the plain backdrop of the open fields where again, these cypress trees lined up the roads leading to them. It was a sight right out of a travel brochure which made me fall in love with Tuscany as I understood why so many people did before me!
A brief stop was made on top of a hill at the Micheal Angelo Park where in the valley below, a panoramic view of the city of Florence was totally spectacular! Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, the stunning view of this medieval city standing still under the glare of a brilliant sun and beautiful blue sky was quite a site to see!
Close by, the Arno River crossed the city passing below many bridges but the one that really stood out was the Ponte Vecchio, an amazing medieval stone bridge with arches and shops built along it. Florence’s gigantic Duomo dome could also be seen sticking out from all the other smaller structures and buildings along with its huge bell tower right next to it.
In the center of this park, a gigantic statue of David stood in a green colored stone with other statues right beneath it. The statue appeared to be looking down into the valley below as if it was watching over its beloved medieval city of Florence. You had to be there to see it for yourself!
To be continued......Monique :-)