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Il Palio

Now the second Palio of the year is over and I still haven’t written the blog post I wanted to write about the first one, but there’s a simple reason for that. 1,563 more words


Tuscany & Florence- European Summer Travels Part II

I spent a week this summer in Tuscany and Cinque Terre traveling with a large group of extended family members. I am used to solo travel or traveling with my husband and dog, so moving around with a group of eight other people in a large van was a new adventure for me. 758 more words



I’ve had the pleasure and the privilege of spending a lot of time in Siena, Italy in the past year, as you’ve seen from these blog posts and from a “few” posts on Facebook. 1,186 more words


Travel Update #3

Last post: Travel Update #2

Since last post: (rest of) Siena, Florence and Cinque Terre.


Siena day #2 was our main day, and we spent the bulk of it walking around the ‘city’ (it’s very small), and we were lucky enough to score free Duomo tickets from a lovely man who just gave them to us. 1,037 more words


Siena, in pictures.

Siena, a small city in Tuscany, Italy is one of the World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO. I first heard about this city filled with history and culture while I was planning my Europe trip back in 2013. 517 more words


Day 20- Florence

Today the youth woke up at 6:30 AM and started the day with Holy Mass at 7:30 AM. Father spoke about receiving the mercy of God and being merciful. 341 more words

About bricks

So. I’ve spent some time in Siena and, apart from the Duomo and its marble, the overwhelming impression is one of brick. Mediaeval brick, renaissance brick, modern brick. 581 more words

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