Getting lost is not always a bad thing...

Trip Start May 08, 2002
Trip End Jun 02, 2002

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

John, MaiSee, and I climbed the bell tower of Siena this morning. Wam decided to chill out at the bottom and wait for us. Up, up, up 300 steps to the top. Too bad it was cloudy, but the view was still magnificent. Green, rolling hills to the horizon - exactly how I imagined Tuscany to be.

At the top of the tower, two American men asked MaiSee if she would use their camera to take their picture. She graciously did so. The astonishing thing was that one of the guys looked exactly like Will from "Will and Grace." He had the mole and everything. It had to be him - no doubt.

Our intention today was to drive from Siena to Montepulciano and then to Civita di Bagnoregio. These towns are located on beautiful, rolling hills and known for magnificent wine.

Prior to leaving for this trip, I had printed driving instructions off of The instructions gave the names of cities as navigation points (i.e. drive towards Monterosso for 6.25 km, then drive towards La Spezia for 8.7 km, etc.) The problem with these kinds of instructions is that if you miss a city, you are out of luck in terms of getting to where you would like to go.

That is exactly what happened to the four of us. Instead of driving through Tuscany, which is through the middle of Italy, we ended up on the coast of Italy. Instead of backtracking, we all agreed to stay on the coast. It was this decision that brought us to an island just off the coast of Italy, in the Mediterranean, and to the town of Porto San Stefano.

We followed the road that took us from the mainland to the island. This road led us straight to Porto San Stefano, and at the end of the road was Hotel La Castella (3 stars). This was where we checked in for the night. Apparently, Porto San Stefano is a popular travel destination for Germans, but the rates and the crowds are lessened now because it was not yet high season.

Since it was still early afternoon (about 3:00 P.M.), the four of us strolled along harbor and ate gelato. We saw a yacht from Canada that was docked in the harbor. Wonder how long they have been sailing?
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