The mornings are definitely the coolest part of the day and Melissa and I leave the girls to sleep while we get up for a cappuccino. Siena Borgo Grondiae are villas that we are staying. Beautiful courtyards and small areas to sit and take in the sights and sounds.
A couple examples of a courtyard and the view of the town of Siena:
Hard to imagine that these views were not too different hundreds of years ago!
Our Aussie Friends
We met a nice family from Adelaide, Australia on our journey from Florence. Two boys named Thomas (7) and Matthew (5) and their parents Belinda and Tim. Their crew was doing the opposite journey to ours (Venice->Siena->Rome) and we just happend to meet in the middle!
Some fun facts we learned from our friends:
Matthew just finished Reception; their name for Kindergarten
Tim grew up in the same area as Ed Sheeran near Suffolk
Belinda enjoys ocean swimming!
Howdy Thomas and Matthew!
Siena in Siena
Here we are in town Siena again. Approximately 9 years and 9.5 months later. The clock tower pictured here is Torre del Mangia and built in 1338, almost 700 years ago!
Below: Are the girls fighting? May seem like it ,but no, they are competing. We were fortunate to be in Siena during between the Palio di Siena horse races.
On the left is: Contrada di Bruco (Siena)
On the right is: Contrada di Giraffa (Mara)
Throughout the town of Siena there are competing areas that have their own flags and lamps representing their territory (think a very small burrows). They very proudly display their colors and are very serious about the races that have been running since the 16th century! This archway is where two contradas meet:
Just one view of Siena (the town) - amazing:
And finally, a beautiful picture of the Siena sunset: