To our great good luck, German friends of Broni, my travelling companion, were in Tuscany at the same time as we were. So very kindly, they drove two hours to pick us up, and took us in their car to Siena. It was a place I had really wanted to visit, but not easy to reach by public transport from the village we were staying.
Around and round we drove trying to find our way into Siena and finally found a car park near il Campo – such and impressive and amazing sight. We stayed there for a while just soaking it up. We had entered through the ‘fish’ area – one of the zones of Siena that compete against one another for the Palio. We had a quick panino in a bar for lunch, and wanderered around some of the other areas for several hours, ending, (guess where?) at the gelateria.
It was a wonderful day. The German couple was great company. We were bouncing ideas for photographs off one another and generally having a terrific time. I didn’t stop to sketch, but did my sketch the following day from memories of the countryside we had passed through on our way to I
Siena and back.
We decided to have dinner at Arezzo on our way back to our village, but somehow got mixed up in the Arezzo peak hour traffic and sat in the one spot for a very long time. Worth it though, because we had a great dinner of various courses of fishy things. Far too much food. Though…yum.o