10.13.2012 - 10.18.2012
My kind of town, Siena is my kind of town. (Sung to the tune of Chicago is)
12th century walled city. All the streets run in circles connected by alleyways and diaganols. Of course, none of the circled streets run around the entire perimeter. After 5 days, I was finally able to find my way around....almost.
Unfortunately, I am leaving Tuscany without taking a day-long bike trip to Cianti. That had been on my list of things to do, but it just did not work out.
This is the symbol of the city of Siena. Apparently, Romulus also had twin sons raised by a she wolf - not sure why nor did I get the translation on why this is the symbol of Siena.
There are 17 districts in Siena (population still around 20,000 within the walled city). Each district has its own symbol on a flag. Every year for centuries, a horse race is run in the Campo with riders from each district. This year my district won. The neighborhood built a Trojan horse to celebrate.
You can see the horse in the lower center. It was at least 20 feet high.
Also took this opportunity to get a haircut and pedicure.
I did manage to get fresh polish and lose that blister!
There are no Vietnamese immigrants in Italy. There was only one place in all of Siena to get a mani/pedi I had to ask in at leat 5 places until I found her. She was about my age and twice my size. Soaked my feet in a plastic pan and had only 2 colors of polish.