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Showing posts from July, 2013

In Italy without a car

We returned our rental car on 5 July and the car rental prices are crazy during summer. We decided to live without a car for 2 months in Italy, and rent a car when the rental prices are lower. Let's hope it's  not too inconvenient without a car here. Gotta start checking on the public transport around.

Weekend at Siena

Siena is a small city in Tuscany, Italy, famous for it's medieval town.  It indeed gave us the 'medieval' feel but it was quite small and we finished exploring it within a day instead of the 2 days which we had originally planned. Of course, we could have spent more time there by following the hiking trails in the surrounding Tuscan landscapes. But hehe, I'm not a hiking person so I'm giving that a miss.

Picture of Tuscan landscape took from Siena

A board showing the hiking trails around Siena 

Something interesting was happening in Siena when we were there. There were crowds of people with banners and different colored scarfs.

There're also 'road shows'??

And different colors and patterns scarfs and flags were everywhere..

Finally, we realized that the hoo ha in the town was in preparation for Il Palio, which is a horse racing event held twice a year in Siena. Riders from 17 contrades (areas) will compete in Piazza Del Campo and everyone in town will gat…