We are arguing about which cab driver was the best – the bigger Mercedes today, or the littler car two days ago that took us on a fun-house ride better than Disney could provide. In any case, we have the way into Siena down pat. From the train station we take a taxi into the old part of the city (the cathedral or the campo). Rustling up a cab to get back after 4 pm is a little trickier, but we managed it both days.
Our new experience today was getting lost on foot. You really can’t count on Italian road signs or guideposts to say the right thing. You are going towards the Duomo, and you meet someone coming back your way who says, “I can’t find the Duomo.” Uh-oh. Soo, we took a tour of Siena on foot we wouldn’t have taken otherwise. We saw teenagers practicing their flag-waving (the rhinocerouses and the mollusks (Jim says he hates the mollusks but really likes the turtles). There are 17 districts in Siena, each with a different mascot.
We also fell in love with a Sienese waitress today. Both men were drooling, and possibly a woman or two. Bonell was able to get his favorite dish again – aubergine parmesan – and I was able to get pasta with a wild boar sauce – delicious.
We were all impressed with the art in the Baptistry and the Crypt. No photos allowed in the Crypt, but you’ll see some photos of the Baptistry below. Did you know, people couldn’t attend Mass in the Cathedral until they had been baptized? They went to a prayer service in the Baptistry instead.
We spend most of our evenings cooking, talking, eating, laughing and drinking wine. Tonight was a delicious salad.
We do have some “out-takes” for private review, but I have not had enough wine to include them here.