Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh (Europe Part 6)

Here is a perfect example of you cannot judge a book by its cover.  Or, in this case, you cannot judge a hill town by how it looks from the outside.

As we approached our resort, we rounded a bend and saw this view.

All four of us exclaimed in unison, “oh my gosh, oh my gosh.”  It was magnificent, towering in front of us beckoning us to come in.

When the day arrived for us to visit the Oh My Gosh (as we like to call it), we were shocked. It’s actually in the town San Casciano de Bagni.  Today it is a medieval ghost town.  Amazing on the outside and deserted on the inside.  We still enjoyed the view immensely but it was surprising.  I guess that’s why Rick Steves does not mention it in his guidebooks.   Oh, Rick, we are sorry we deviated from your guidance. It won’t happen again.

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  1. Vanessa

     /  April 22, 2015

    Oh My GOSH!!!!

  2. Wow- a deserted hill town sounds even more exciting to me than a bustling one!

  3. I’m a fan of Rick Steves too, but feel free to deviate from his guidance.

    On that subject, I recently blogged about one of my disagreements with him. I blog generally about travel and cross-cultural issues too and I’m always looking to connect with the greater community of bloggers who share similar interests. Drop by bosmosis.wordpress.com if you have a minute. Enjoy your travels!

    • Thanks for stopping by. During this trip we had a couple traveling with us who had never been to Europe. He devoured Rick Steves books even more than we do. It became almost a joke how much we refereed to Rick Steves. We do feel free to stretch our own wings. There have to be placed he hasn’t seen or places which we would differ in our opinions. And great opportunities present themselves.


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