The title of this blog is taken from an old Saturday Night Live skit with Christopher Walken who demanded “More cowbell” from the Blue Oyster Cult band members playing “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” On our last day in the Swiss Alps we embarked upon a hike that was a bit tooooo long. Fortunately for me, it was suggested by the desk clerk, our unofficial activities chairperson. Because the entire hike was down hill from the top of the Murren, Switzerland ski tram it seemed it would be pleasant enough of a hike. It turned out to be a long way to go, walking in the full sun, for a beer served just outside of an active, operating cow barn. While hiking, we heard the loud clamor of many, many cow bells. The video shows just how far away the cows were, but the bells they wore were loud and clear. We had heard these cow bells at a town festival a couple of nights earlier, when I had to cover my ears they were so loud. I have a video of that as well, but will spare us all the embarrassment of posting it….
Siena is the largest of the mountain towns in Tuscany. These mountain towns were built high on hills and are surrounded by tall walls. These fortifications came in handy when they found it necessary to dump hot oil on the invaders from neighboring towns fighting for dominance of the region and control of trade. I never thought I would be reading articles on the unification of Italy on my own and with interest…. The main attraction in Siena is the huge brick courtyard, Il Campo. Here the tradition is for young lovers to chase away the flocks of pigeons and have a picnic on the hot bricks… hummm we skipped that part.