Saturday, August 11, 2007

Long Time No Hear: What to do about it?

Dear faithful readers of my blog. I apologize for the lack of posts as of late. I have been extraordinarily busy with my dissertation prospectus and another monumentous project. So, to satisfy you, I shall give you some eye candy of a picture or two I took in Italy this summer whenever my substantive posts become sparse. Enjoy!
This picture is from the Duomo of Siena, which, by the way, is probably one of the most touristy places I have ever been (Siena as a whole, not the Duomo in particular). The Duomo is a medieval structure, and the interior, as you can see, is characterized by black and white striped stone pillars (it actually reminded me of the costume of Beetlejuice at the very end of that eponymous film starring Michael Keaton in one of my favorite movies of his). It is an absolutely beautiful building. The church also claims to have the very arm of John the Baptist with which he baptized Jesus. Although the city is extremely touristy, I was somewhat sick when I was there, and I misled my family regarding the bus routes there (not intentionally of course), this church is worth seeing if you are ever in the area.


Liam said...

It is a gorgeous church, but Siena in the summer is insane. Overrun by tour buses full of retired Germans.

Jared Calaway said...

Actually, I realized it was going to be a touristy town when most of the signs were actually in English rather than Italian! Well, that, and the insane numbers of people. Although, oddly enough, there was almost no one at the chapel dedicated to Catherine of Siena!

You can always tell a German tourist b/c the men wear socks with sandals.