San Gimignano

The perfect little Tuscan village, a World Heritage Site

The perfect little Tuscan village, a World Heritage Site

We're on the last leg of our Italy vacation, out into the Tuscan countryside. Rick had especially wanted to visit San Gimignano, a place that frankly I had never heard of.  Rick's uncle told him many years ago that he must visit here, due to its architectural interest. So he has finally despatched that particular family obligation! Too bad we didn't make it here before the other Rick, Rick Steves, that is. The streets are simply jammed with people, several carrying the Rick Steves book clutched close to their chest.

Even so, it is a place with a lot to recommend it. 

Known for its towers

Known for its towers

One way to escape much of the crowd, is to take a walk along the city walls (a mile in total) which is exactly what we did after breakfast. It afforded some really spectacular views. 

A break in the wall with the pristine Italian countryside below. 

A break in the wall with the pristine Italian countryside below. 

We happened to wander into a gallery where we were introduced to a Colombian artist's wonderful little journals. His name is José Antonio Suárez Londoño. The exposition had hundreds of pages from his noteboovks, as well as small format etchings and intricate stamps he carves himself.

Since I am focused on journaling at the moment, his work really tickled my fancy,

Examples of journal pages

Examples of journal pages

If you're interested in taking the virtual tour of the exhibition, follow this link:  http://www.galleriacontinua.com/artist/113/artpieces