Siena to St. Gimignano

Between Siena and San Gimignano Usually the centerpiece of any article about Siena is the incredible Duomo; however I’ve included a discussion of it in my Cathedrals and Abbeys  post and will focus on a theme similar to the one I used for Florence/Firenze–walking and people watching. I saw Siena for the first time on […]

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Florence and Fiesole

It’s difficult to know where to start in writing about Florence (Firenze) and Fiesole. I fell in love with the city the first time I came following a bike trip and have returned 7 times since then.  One of my favorite memories from that trip was walking down a narrow street from my hotel on […]

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Cathedrals and Abbeys

Prologue I dedicate this article to my mother, Shirley Marguerite McNeil Wright, 1920 to 2009, who lived by the principle of leaving the world a better place.  She was a staunch Methodist but loved going to the St. Cecilia Cathedral flower show (Omaha, NE).  I went this past January 2017 for the first time since […]

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