A Travellerspoint blog

September 2009

Montepulcino

Wonderful views and great history

sunny 27 °C

Dear All
Went to Montepulcino today which was built in Etruscan times and pre dates the Romans. Apparently it was built around 500BC and a lot of it is still standing as is today. We also had a look at the local church called San Biangio which was built in the 1450,s. Beautiful architecture and paintings. We had a picnic right next to the Church.

We also went to a town called Pirenze was was the family home of Pope Pius 11. Sights sounds all terrific. Bought a few little trinkets.

Anyway, this 16th century computer is so slow and keeps on dropping out so I,m going to close off for now.

Ciao Ciao

Bee and Ron

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Firenze (Florence)

Touristville

sunny 28 °C

Dear All
Had a wonderful start to the day. Got a beautiful gold chain bracelet for my birthday from Ron. It is truly stunning and I love it. All the fellow travellers wished me a happy birthday and they all continued to make my day just that little bit special.
Went to Firenze and looked at the frescoes in the Carmine Vecchio. These were all painted around the 15th century and provided a bit of a "map" as to how the methods of painting changed over a period of about 150 years and the beginning of the Renaissance. Also went to Piazza San Giovanni were a copy of David is along with numerous other sculptures. Some beautiful, some gruesome.
Walked along to the Ponto Vechio and did a heap of window shopping. Everything there was about triple the price of goods a few streets away but just had to do the touristy thing and be there.
Had a wonderful evening. All the crew finished off the day with lots of good wishes for my birthday. Really fantastic.

Catcha all later. We,ll be home soon and I must say, I,m beginning to think it,s almost time to come home too. Nothing like home.

Ciao Ciao

Bee and Ron

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Maranello

Ferrari factory

sunny 27 °C

Dear All. We were up early today and went to the Ferrari Factory in Maranello. When we got there a guy began trying to smooth talk us into having a drive or a ride in a ferrari. I must say he really had to do a lot of smooth talking but eventually, lilke about 1 nanosecond, I have the visa card out quivering in my hand just waiting to be run through that machine and relieve me of more Euros. If I had my drivers licence with me, I could have had a drive of a Ferrari, instead I had to settle for a ride. I have the DVD to prove it too along with the T shirt.

Last night we had the big banquet at the Villa. Each year the banquet is one of those special occasions held at the Villa and we all had to dress up in our finest. Wonderful meal, wonderful company and I think the last of them were still partying on at about 02.00. Note- I was not one of the partying people. I was probably one of the first to bed.

Today it is an easy day with not much happening. We are staying at the Villa. Might wander down to the little town later on but that,s about the extent of it.

Take care all.

Ciao Ciao

Bee and Ron

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San Gimnano

History continues

sunny 26 °C

Hi All. We went to San Gimnano (I think that,s how it is spelt) today which is famous for its towers. Apparently in the medieval times, feuding families would build towers to throw rocks, spears anything else they could think of at each other to hopefully kill or maim their neighbours. That was about the 12th century. Some of the towers still stand today. There were about 100 now only 10. So all of the building around the PIazza are from around the 12th century and perhaps a little earlier. The town is way up in the mountains of Tuscany and you look out over valleys and into other villages. Having a wonderful time with all of the crew on the trip. Really lovely bunch of people and they help each other out. We,ve got a couple of more mature ladies on the trip and we all muck in and make sure they get to see what they might want to get to see. There,s lots of uphill walking to do and they get a little tired and puffed out.

Anyway, take care all. Only another week and a bit and we,ll be home. :-(

CIao, Ciao

Bee and Ron

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St Giovanni

Quiet day

sunny 26 °C

Dear All
Went to St Giovanni as it was their market day yesterday and had a good look look around. After that we all headed back to the Villa for lunch with traditional pizza from the oven here and had a wonderful time in the heat and sun with a few glasses of favourite drinking stuff (Prosecca for us). After a little Nana nap, into another town to gather in their Piazza as the locals all do. Also did a bit of shopping and surprisingly Ron bought my birthday present. Fortunately I was there to point him in the right direction!

Surprisingly this morning I have a little bit of a headache. Thanks goodness for Panadol.

Anyway, off to another town soon which is famous for its icecream. I quess this is so I can buy some more jeans!

Ciao Ciao all.
Bee and ron

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