|Walking to lunch in Siena ...to a medieval orchard in the centre of the old city!|
So true..I have learned more in the last week than I have in three years of writing and I hope it is reflected in future novels. We had decided to all put in and buy a gift for Elosia and present her with a handbag she had admired. When she set off for the village to buy it for herself on Monday, there was some quick thinking and two of the girls waylaid her in an art gallery while Katrina Snow ran ahead to the handbag shop and filled them in. The lovely proprietor went along with the subterfuge and sadly told Eloisa the bag of her choice had been sold.
So to allay her disappointment she was presented with it after Monday's workshop rather than the presentation dinner on Friday evening. She was delighted with it.
|Eloisa was delighted with her orange leather bag...hand made in Florence.|
|We seem to spend much of each day in this shop!|
|Which one today?|
On Monday we headed off to visit an Etruscan grave (within walking distance of the gelataria). The views from the top of the hill over the village were superb and the experience of walking inside a 700 B.C. tomb was an awesome never to be forgotten one.
|Fiona and the village shops in the background...the handbag shop is near the small tower on the left in a medieval fortified tunnel!|
|The avenue to the hill of the Etruscan site.|
|One of the four graves...each had three rooms|
|Bronwyn exploring another grave|
|The Etruscan grave explorers|
|On the way back to work...Bronwyn, Fiona and Katrina with me|
A taste of Siena for you...
|A view of the Duomo in Siena before we walked though the medieval alleys across town to get there|
|In front of the Duomo before our tour. The weather has warmed up!|
|Walking to the Duomo via St Catherine...patron saint of Italy's residence in the fourteenth century|
|The ceramics are beautiful|
|Using the wifi in my new camera to take a group photo at lunch in the medieval orchard...before the food arrived|
|And then the food arrived and kept coming...and coming|
|And we finished with dessert...|
|Cajsa... who organised the workshop took us on a tour of Siena|
|To see more ceramics|
|An exhausted group at the end of a wonderful day|
So today will be devoted to gealti and writing, followed by our nightly visit to Il Fondaccio dai Dottori Restaurant another place where the food is divine. The restaurant cat visits us out on the terrace.
|Siobhan and the restaurant cat...|
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