Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Warm November Sunshine

and a gorgeous day for some views of Siena!

Rhinoceros hunt

The contrada of the Selva means "woodland" or "wild",
but the rhinoceros is the animal associated with it.
I found the Selva contrada territory today--
and a lot of rhinoceroses!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Siena's Oddest Fountain

This sticklike pole with an owl sculpture is, indeed,
It is the fountain of the Civetta Contrada
("little owl" neighborhood)
of Siena.
All the contradas have a fountain
(and a headquarters and a church
and also a horse stall, where they house the horse
that runs the Palio for them,
the big horse race in July & August).
Most of the fountains are Interesting Designs.
But this one is beyond interesting.
It's quite singular.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Autumn Fog

We've had a very sunny autumn,
but these pictures were taken on a foggy morning in Assisi.

Arezzo Cathedral

I had an afternoon off and I went to Arezzo to see the cathedral.
The weather was lovely, the leaves perfect.

Florentine Detail

I love the door knockers and random faces I see in Italian cities.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Boboli Gardens

I spent a peaceful late fall afternoon in Florence's Boboli Gardens
(they are behind the Pitti palace.)
Normally entrance is fairly expensive,
but I got in free with my museums pass.
I LOVE my museums pass!

Monday, November 7, 2011