Thursday, September 18, 2014

A month in Tuscany day 12 - market day in Siena

Wednesday is Market day in Siena, so 5 of us set off on foot and walked all the way from the villa to the market which is in the old town about 3km of very hilly terrain, so good for working off some of the wine, cheese and gelato which I have been consuming. We arrived at the market and were immediately overwhelmed by the size of it.  There were stalls selling clothes, nightwear, pets, leather goods food and almost anything else you can imagine.

It was quite crowded and so much to see, so we decided to divide and conquor.  Lisa and I went off to find food.  We stumbled upon the food section near one end of the market and immediately started sampling cheese and salami.

We bought the cheese with the black speckles.  Those black speckles are truffle yum! We also bought some salami.

Everything at the market was cheaper than in the stores and though there was a lot of dreck there was enough to make it worth checking out.

After very thoroughly doing the market we walked back through the old town for some lunch.  For some reason I did not take any pictures of what we had, but it was fine. I had a tuna salad and shared some of Lois's pizza.

After lunch we wandered some more around the old town and picked up some delicious almond cookies for dessert that night.  We took the bus back and swam to cool off.  We were supposed to be going to the restaurant in the forest but unfortunately Dave and Bri had decided to drive to San Marino and were behind schedule and did not get back in time.  Lois and I kicked in to high gear and Lois made her favourite meat sauce for the pici (fresh pasta)

I roasted some fennel I had purchased in the market with a little Parmesan and lemon juice.

Though not quite the restaurant in the forest, an acceptable substitute and of course we ended the night with the almond cookies Lois had bought.

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