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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

Beautiful San Gimignano

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany, I first went there in 2001 and again 5 years later in 2006. You may notice the difference in quality of my photos. Obviously by 2006 digital cameras had improved out of sight. 

San Gimignano, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area. This is really a wonderful Medieval village.

Drinking wine in San Gimignano.

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

Here are my two lovely Italian friends Francesca & Barbara a.k.a. Gypsy. We met 6 months ago in 1999 at Koh Samui in Thailand.  I’m still in contact with Francesca who lives in Florence also however I’m sad to say Barbara married had a child and lost touch with me.  🙁

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The village square.

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

In the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, it was a stopping point for Catholic pilgrims on their way to Rome and the Vatican, as it sits on the medieval Via Francigena.  The city’s development was also improved by the trade of agricultural products from the fertile neighbouring hills, in particular saffron, used in both cooking and dyeing cloth and Vernaccia wine, said to inspire popes and poets.


Making music in San Gimignano

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

Making music in San Gimignano, there is a surprise around every corner.

Towers in San Gimignano.

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

 San Gimignano is famous for its Medieval village architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form “an unforgettable skyline”

Another photo of the square from a different angle.

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

In 1199, the city made itself independent from the bishops of Volterra and established a podestà, and set about enriching the commune, with churches and public buildings. However, the peace of the town was disturbed for the next two centuries by conflict between Guelphs and Ghibellines, and family rivalries. This resulted in families building tower houses of increasing height. Towards the end of the Medieval period they were 72 in number and up to 70 metres (230 feet) tall. The rivalry was finally restrained when it was ordained by the council that no tower was to be taller than that adjacent to the Palazzo Comunale.

Surrounding countryside

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

Beautiful Tuscan countryside. 


Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

Beautiful Italian countryside.

Blue sky in Tuscany.

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

This is my 3rd visit to this wonderful medieval village.

Magic village

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

Next time you visit Italy put this village on your bucket list.

Fabulous shops

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

Of Chianti comes from this area in Italy.

Pots and plates

Medieval village San Gimignano Tuscany

What an incredible display.

Lunch & people watching

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I really love this wonderful village.

Medieval village

You could easily spend a relaxing 3 or 4 days exploring this beautiful village.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Magic village

Has not changed in centuries.

2000 was a very good year.

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I have know quite a few women in my life, none more beautiful and exciting than Barbara.

That’s all folks

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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