Holy Mary. Since I last posted so much has happened, but I am not going to go into the MIND BLOWING time I had at the Palio today...that needs its own post tomorrow.
In the last week, I have visited two stunning Tuscan cities, seen the inspiring remains of a 12th century cathedral, and to top it all off saw my first practice race for the Palio. On Sunday morning, I saw the horses and jockeys doing a provo (practice run), and it was so exciting. It is especially interesting considering the education I received about the history of the event, which dates back to Medieval times.
On Saturday I happened to be out walking when a parade of all the contradas began. This one consisted mostly of kids dressed up in medieval costumes carrying flowers and candles, followed by drummers and flag bearers. It finished at the duomo with four giant cows pulling a medieval cart. This is not something one sees everyday!