Sienna is a World Heritage site and famous for its Palio horse race which takes place in the historic Piazzo del Campo shown above. Our destination when we arrived there was the famous clock tower, which only allows 30 people up at a time. On our visit in to Sienna in 2009 the queue was too vast to join so we decided this time to go first thing in the morning. Our plan paid off and when we arrived there were only about 20 people waiting at the entrance.
There were 400 stone steps ahead of us so all bags had to be left at the entrance in lockers and then after buying our tickets we were able to start the long climb.
As we climbed higher and higher there were small openings in the wall where we could start to see just how high we were going.
At the summit were the original bells, thankfully now silenced, I think we would have been deafened had they not been. It was quite windy here and there was a protective wall but over the edge the view was stunning........................
After some lunch we visited the beautiful Cathedral. The building of this magnificent structure began in the c12 and it was completed by 1380 and in it's time was the largest cathedral in the world. Both the outside and inside of this cathedral are stunning.
Inside the Cathedral is also a library where the walls and ceiling are completed covered by more exquisite paintings.
Towards the end of our holiday we were lucky enough to find that San Gimignano was holding its annual Medieval Pageant. We made our way in early on the Sunday and took up our places to watch the parade. Many of the residents of the city dressed up in Medieval costume to act their parts out.
Coming up very soon I have another treat in store as my Hb and I are celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary in no less than the city of love....yes Paris and as a special treat we are travelling there on Eurostar. I have been to France via the shuttle (underground tunnel) when we took the car but never by Eurostar. I visited St Pancras where the train starts when it first opened, even the station is stunning. I will obviously take my trusty camera with me. Our seats are booked and our hotel room awaits...only 2 more weeks to go.
This week I am really lucky as I have taken some time off work to attend a 3 day precious metal clay course. Today we made a pendant and will be making a bead tomorrow. I will at some stage write a post and show my handiwork but in the meantime I will be back very soon with some more news about my alabaster beads...;0)
Bye for now,