Trip Report y Mel & Karen Ray
Partly cloudy ... a shower ... ~60 ... sun comes & goes
San Gimignano - a town once made up of medieval skyscrapers ... originally 70 ... now 14 ... built as defense (pour boiling oil on attackers) and competition for the highest (think the Don Trump) ... sort of the San Francisco of Tuscany ... ... climb all the steps to the top of the castle and enjoy a 360 view of exquisite vineyards reaching miles out to the horizon ... then walk the narrow well maintained streets with some of the best shops we've seen mixed in with cheesy souvenir shops. Thursday is their 'market day' when vendors arrive (7 AM) with their mobile shops and depart promptly (2 PM) ... we marveled at their specialty vehicles having hydraulic operated canopies and such a large inventory carried in vehicles about the size of a minivan ... these vendors move to a different town each morning.
There is a lot of serious Renaissance art available in this town ... and the community is used often for outdoor film festivals.
Whilst the gals went shopping, Mel & the guys found entertainment at a sidewalk bar ... therein, met a US Federal judge from No. Indiana ... appointed by "W" ... great conversation involving Bill (FDIC Inspector and the last guy a banker wants to see entering his bank on a Friday afternoon ... he's there to close the bank!) ... interesting & educational conversation ... Mel asked his wife if she addressed the Judge as "your honor" each morning ... reply "Hell NO !" ... she had a bit of spice to her personality.
OK, the gals returned ... shopping & sight seeing done, we enjoyed lunch at the bar and headed back to the Villa for some a competitive card game (5 Crowns) and a game of Mexican Train dominoes ... and wine!
Another wonderful visit to a lovely medieval town.