|the pines, the vines and the olives... i really am in Tuscany!|
|loving the potted flowers|
|inside one of the long rows of shops in San Giminiano|
|it was quite touristy... although from outside the fortified city, it was quite hard to tell...|
we saw a nice restaurant with a lovely terasse, far from the maddening crowd of tourists. we also spent some time walking around the walled city. there were lots of shops offering crockery and pots and some truffle and olive oil and lots of Italian products -- pasta, leather goods, etc. the red bricks reminded me so much of Toulouse. and it's such a nice color to look at, so wonderfully and comfortably warm, like the weather... and those red-orangey bricks gave us a sneak peak of what Siena might look like... speaking of which...
|i have the same color as Siena!|
|sweets and goodies|
|Spritz -- a famous local cocktail made of Aperol, prosecco, sparkling water and a slice of orange|
|one of the loveliest restaurants i've been to|
|seafood with a view|
|storm brewing atop the cathedral|
|i love these colors!|
|believe it or not this is neither filtered nor photoshopped|
i have also found one of the nicest restaurants i've been to. although, the service and the food quality is so-so, the view of the rolling Tuscan hills and the changing colors of sunset enveloping the ancient city was indescribably magical.
i wouldn't mind visiting Siena again. :)
up next and last: Chianti, Arezzo and Cortona