It takes so much time to blog! Especially when I have so many photos to upload. Be patient with me as I upload Italy photos. Here is Day 2 of our trip!
The first day we toured Siena and all it's pre-Palio race hoopla! It was relatively light in traffic. The second day(July 2, 2011) was filled with lots of fun things happening. We got up late and I went down to the pool hoping to get in a short sunbath and swim. That didn't happen exactly as everyone was around a table having some discussion and the President of the company was coming down with his family. So, I enjoyed some time meeting them. Matt came down and someone from the hotel asked if one of us wanted to have a complimentary massage. I was chosen after a little hemming and hawing. It was wonderful but a bit weird. First of all, it was a quiet, dark but cozy room that was off the main reception area. It was very private and had a table, sauna room, and claw foot tub in it. The masseuse was very nice, but I couldn't understand much of what he said. He handed me a little package (I do mean little) and asked if I would change into it and lay on the table. He left so I could do that. I opened it to find a TINY transparent paper thong and nothing else. OMG> I was ready to back out of this but I sucked it up (and sucked in my stomach) and did as he asked. I grabbed a towel and put it over my backside too. Tee heee... he seemed to be fine with this and took it as a hint that I was a self conscience American. He asked me where I was from and where I have the most stress. I told him in my shoulders and he went to work. It was fabulous! He was very professional and i was very relaxed. After I was done, I got dressed and found the everyone was in the small banquet room eating lunch. Oops.. Well, I came in and felt very much like jelly. It was a delicious meal of homemade mozzarella cheese bundles, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, meats and salad. yum!! Marty, the President of Constellations Brands spoke about each of the people chosen for the award and presented them with a pin to represent their hard work and dedication. Very nice! Here's a shot of them all. My husband is third from the left in the blue.
|Snapped a shot of this little girl drawing on the easel out in the yard. I can see why artist's are so inspired here to draw and paint. It's gorgeous! She was no exception... probably only 7 or 8 years old.|
|The seats in the stands.|
|A scuffle where people who were on the edges didn't want to let others in because they might lose their spots! It was tense for a bit watching this!|
|Twig brooms to clean the track. This group of workers did all the dirty work ... even scooping horse poop! Ewww..|
|Matt and I in the balcony.|
|Medival style light fixture... so cool!|
|Flags of important Siena families|
|Banners and members of trade organizations|
|look how full it is now!|
|Orca flag throwers!|
|Mississippi- Orca Contrada's horse. He had a design shaved into his hindquarter hair that was so cool!|
|The non-competing contradas.|
|The bell tower... gorgeous!|
|A cart pulled by 4 white oxen. They were HUGE! I think the mayor of Siena was riding in the cart.|
|Full! If you have to go to the bathroom during the race, you are out of luck... once you are in the center, you cannot get out until the end!|
|Our view down from our balcony.|
|There were about 15 of us in one balcony! it was a handbag store's backroom!|
|The aftermath of the race! The winning contrada was pouring out and hugging and yelling. We thought it was a brawl but just their emotional winning!|
|Those stands came down so fast! Everything was literally back to normal within an hour!|
Okay, next post will be Days 3-4!