02 March 2010


So it's already March. Wow. Two weeks until Spring Break!!! Yay!! I can't wait to see Ainsley. We are officially going to Milan, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Florence, and Pisa. I am soooooooo excited. I wish Greece had worked out but I feel as though with the money I had I wouldn't have been able to experience all of Greece. Oh well. Down the road it will happen.

This past weekend I went to Siena. It was breathtaking. We climbed the tower in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and took pictures with the scenery. Beautiful. The pieces inside this Museum were amazing. They had so many Duccio cravings. I was in awe.

The Duomo was incredible. The inside was so beautiful. I really wish I had my cable for my camera. It would make things so much easier to describe.

We had wine inside a fort. That was really cool.

The patron saint of Siena is St. Catherine. She was a very sad, sad saint. She used to beat herself and wear a chain that dug into her hips everyday of her life. She thought that demons haunted her. When she entered sisterhood she gave away her families food and clothes without asking which caused her family to starve. It seems like she was punishing them for not allowing her to live as a nun many years before. She ended up starving herself to death. Her head is now inside of the Basilica of San Domenico. This church is a mess. It was built in the 1200s and now contains stain glass windows from the 1990s. Literally the set up of the church makes no sense.

While there I fell in love with the artist Giovanni Antonio Bazzi. I think his style is so beautiful. I had seen his stuff before but not really. There is a piece of his in Florence, but there were 4 of them in Siena. There was one of Christ and I just couldn't get over how amazing it was. I will have to find a picture of it. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the Museo dell'Opera. I took one of the original rose window from the Duomo... hehe.

That's all that's been happening so far.

OH! I joined the culinary club. Each week they meet and learn about the food of Italy. This week I learned about cheeses and breads. I have handouts to remember hehe.

This weekend we are going to Modena where they make Balsamic Vinegar.

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