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Hello and welcome to my blog formerly called Gypsy-K. Please note that I am only updating this blog while I am walking from Rome to Jerusalem from September 2015. My online home and permanent blog is at You can also sign up for pilgrim postcards and newsletters here. Thank you for being here and supporting my journey. With love and courage, Kym xx

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Day 74: Rest day in Siena

Siena is a beautiful city and today I was able to see just how beautiful it is with views over Il Campo, the whole terracotta town and into the rolling hills of the countryside from the fattoria at Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

It was a slow day.  I didn't do very much. I didn't try to. It turned out the Steve McCurry photo exhibition was closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the two days I was in Siena. I visited the Duomo.  I ate my favourite lunch, caprese salad, and drank wine.  I ate a gelati while I sat in the cool sunshine of Il Campo. I bought supplies and then rested in my hotel room in the afternoon.  In the early evening, I took myself out for my favourite aperitivo, a spritz, which I drank sitting on a balcony overlooking Il Campo.  And once it was the appropriate hour for dinner, 8pm, I went to a little Osteria where there were no tourists, only locals, and ate the most delicious dinner; crostini caldo con mozzarella al forno รจ pancetta crocante, ravioli di pecorino di pienza e pinoli con crema di broccoli, torta di pere with a vanilla and vin santo sauce and I drank more wine, a delicious vernaccia. The perfect ending to my sweet sojourn in Siena.

I am currently in Acquapendente but have been staying in pilgrim accommodation and have had no access to wifi. I hope to find some soon so I can share some of the beauty and tribulations of my journey over the last few days.

Door to church of Duomo in Siena

Inside duomo

View from Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Siena streets

View into Il Campo

Door to church of San Francesco

Afternoon light and shade

Sunset from my hotel window looking East

An aperitivo overlooking Il Campo

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