Medieval Manhattan.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Thursday, October 7, 2010

On the way to San Gimignano, Joel, amazed by all the money we saved on fuel the week before, decided it was a great idea to replace the shower fittings, as they always leak and the valves are stripped. It was a disaster. The whole day was dedicated to the shower. Jena was very bewildered with Joel. Perhaps the faucet we chose was not the right kind. Joel got it crudely installed. All with ugly sticky tape blocking the wall gaps. It looks like its going to be a work in progress. Jena is not very impressed. And Joel's manliness may have cracked the thin ice.

San Gimignano on the other hand is so cool. This ancient town is famously know as the medieval Manhattan, because it was a place where wealthy merchants and families would build mightily tall stone towers to display their wealth. In its prime there were 72 of these bad boys around, not there are but 14 left.
Despite that fact that this town especially was infested with tourists (Armies, it was like Rome) the town is so very interesting, all the masonry and architecture was very daring and full of ego.

We spent many hours sketching in the squares, we both now have our own sketch pads! But most of the time, if we weren’t glued to our audio book, we were visiting all the little shops with a keen eye for free samples. Hey a brother gotta eat!
On the final day we walked around the outside of the wall which overlooked the hills and vineyards. Tuscany truly looks like heaven, and we’re sure that when we go, it wont look so different.

Both Jena and Joel nearly got caught weeing in the castle ruins. We couldn’t hold on any more! Then we found out there was a lavatory just outside the gates.
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