Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I spent a good share of a day in Siena's Piazza del Campo, a public square in the center of the city. I had a blast people watching and the sky put on its own show with storms moving in and out all afternoon. I probably could have taken in a few more museums in Siena, but the square felt less like a tourist trap and more like people who lived there just out relaxing and I was drawn to that energy.
"Sometimes I can't keep it together, but I never give up."
Ryan Bingham - Keep it TogetherPin It
Monday, May 13, 2013
I did very little planning for my day in Siena - so I really arrived not knowing what to expect. I knew it would be smaller than Florence, but I didn't quite expect that it would feel a bit like a fortress in the center of the city - where I was staying and spent most of my time. The city center was on the top of the hill - and I wasn't there long enough to venture down and into the valley - but I hope to make another trip to Tuscany someday - what little I saw was stunningly beautiful.
"May good hope walk with you through everything."
Glen Hansard - Song of Good Hope
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
"A million miles of freedon, a million miles of road, but I still don't know where to start."
The Killers - The Heart of a GirlPin It
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The city was full of amazing architecture, there was something amazing to see at every corner. I think I could have wandered for another week and still found new to see each day. Of course it helped my wanderings to know that I could stop for amazing gelato at every corner, which I did more often than I want to admit.
It rained nearly every day I was there, which made for cold wanderings. I didn't enjoy juggling a camera, my bag and an umbrella every day, but being outside and experiencing this amazing city was completely worth it.
I packed expecting better weather, but also tossed in a few warmer items just in case, which was very lucky because I ended up wearing those same things almost the entire trip - making me doubly glad I was staying in flats with washing machines instead of hotels.
"It's just these simple things keep me holding on."
Amos Lee - Simple ThingsPin It
Friday, May 3, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
"I'll always remember you wild as they do come."
The Gaslight Anthem - National AnthemPin It
Monday, April 29, 2013
While there is no doubt the Duomo is stunning and enormous, but my favorite was the last church I visited, the Bascilica de San Miniato al Monte (the last three photos above.) It is an old church on a hill with amazing views of the city. It was dark and cool inside (a gift after a long hike up the hill to reach the church.) Better yet there was someone at the organ when I visited, nothing adds to the ambiance like music.
"You never cease to amaze my soul"
Kat Maslich-Bode - MarchPin It