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Published: September 15th 2015
OPA – Opera Della Metropolitana (Google It)
It seems Kirsten and I just can’t get up. Again we slept in; it was after 10:30 am before we pulled out of Gaiole. Yea, what can I say…..
As always Kirsten prepared a great breakfast, and pulled our picnic together.
So today we decided to go and see castles. Well we were down the road and it starts raining. Kirsten makes the executive decision, because she’s the EXECUTIVE to go to Siena. I say I thought that was Thursday, she responded “Are you Questioning my Authority” Uh! No. So I reroute us to Siena, in the rain.
Ok, Siena is like Florence BIG! We’ve only been once before and we find a parking space pretty easy.
Now Siena is on a hill BIG HILL and the city planners I must say were thinking. They installed all these cool escalators’. It was so nice like being in the Atlanta airport. Escalators taking us up to the Centro, how cool is that.
Siena is the town where they’re racing the horses in the center of the city twice a year. Very fast
and they’re allowed to hit each other as they race. Horses fall down people get hurt; I’m not going to explain just Google it. It’s like the Kentucky Derby.
We walk toward the centro after riding the cool escalators and after couple of alleys and turns we’re standing in front of the Duomo, that’s Italian for First Baptist Church for all you Southern god fearing folks.
We find the ticket booth and Kirsten gets in line, me I go and sit on the Duomo’s steps waiting. After a few minutes and watching Kirsten not moving in the line I whistle and she comes over. I tell her It’s 11:45 let have lunch and then we’ll get the tickets. She agrees. So we set up our picnic and everyone is awed by how smooth we are wine, cheese, olives, bread and meats. You got it right “under the Tuscan Sun”. Well soon it started to rain. I run over and pick up an umbrella from a vendor and run back. Kirsten and I are sitting on the duomo steps having our lunch in the rain as everyone is scurrying past us try to miss the rain.
we pack up and heard over to the line. We get into line for our ticket. Well the line is long and people were impatient. Kirsten and I stood there under our umbrella sipping on a glass of wine while we watched folks trying to jockey for a better position in line. You know me I make some sarcastic remarks and did I get the LOOK. OH Yea; won’t do that again. OUCH! Was that my toe someone just stepped on?
We get our tickets and off to the Duomo we go.
Siena’s Duomo normally has their mosaic floors covered most of the year. Well today they’re exposed. Think of the bible being told in picture form. Just like the way momma held bible class with her flannel graphs. Only done in marble.
Kirsten & I spend the next 4 hours walking through the duomo, crypt, library and museum. We climbed up to the top to see the panoramic view of Siena. Yea major way up and tight stairs.
After getting our religious fill we walk through the Plaza Il Campo. This is where the horses race. We found a café Kirsten had ice cream and
I had a beer. Well it was Kirsten had ice cream and most of my beer. I had to get another one. Yea!
We drove back to Gaiole and rested at home for an hour or so; we were so tired. Around 8 PM we decided to get some dinner. We went to this small restaurant and had a very delicious meal. Way too much and we had to roll ourselves back to the apartment.
By 11 pm we were in bed reading and dosing off.
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