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There and back again

I got back from Italy on saturday.

I’ve got some pictures from San Gimignano,  a very famous city, because of its lovely architecture and the many towers it has. 315 more words


The Palio!

Since I last wrote things in Siena have been nuts, of course all induced by the famous Palio that takes places twice a year.  A tradition stemming from medieval times, the Palio di Siena consists of a grueling horse race around the Piazza del Campo where 10 of the 17 contradas (neighbourhoods) take part.  946 more words


Day 6 ~ Siena's Black & White Cathedral

Unbeknownst to me, but knowst to everyone else, the second saturday in August is the busiest travel day in the country. Luckily, I was about to drive for about 500km. 145 more words



Yesterday on the spur of the moment and in the late morning, took a trip to Siena. Earlier had visited the Museo Galileo – one of the best designed and beautifully laid out scientific museums I have encountered. 126 more words


Zombie Baby

The following is an excerpt from my novel We are the Living, an apocalyptic love story set in a small Tuscan town.  In this scene, Liam and his colleague are cleaning corpses from a house in the dead city of Siena when they make an unexpected discovery: 500 more words


Macpacking: Florence- Hitchhiking and Living in a Monastery (with a splash of Siena).

How can you ensure that you end up staying at the hostel you actually want to stay in? Well obviously you have to do some research, but everyone know that recommendations from fellow travelers are always more reliable! 1,342 more words

On songs, and bareback horse racing

Yesterday I stood in the shade and cried a little as I listened to men singing together in the street.

I am on holiday in Siena with my son J, during the run-up to the Palio, an extraordinary bareback horse dash around the massive Piazza del Campo which takes place every 16th August, and has done for many hundreds of years. 254 more words