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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  1. uccellina
    uccellina October 9, 2007 at 2:36 pm |

    I loved Siena. My husband and I once spent a blissful afternoon drinking Cynar and napping on the sun-warmed bricks of the Piazza del Campo.

  2. Betsy
    Betsy October 9, 2007 at 2:45 pm |

    What wonderful photos! You have a good eye.

  3. Hugo
    Hugo October 9, 2007 at 3:18 pm |

    Not only do I love going to see St Catherine in all her, uh, glory, I love the pride that seems so evident in Siena. Architecturally, it verges on haughtiness, but every time I’ve been there, I’ve been struck by the warmth of the people and the ambiance of arrogance, if that makes any sense.

    And you really do have a good eye.

  4. Winnie
    Winnie October 9, 2007 at 3:54 pm |

    I visited Siena in college a few years ago and absolutely adored it…the streets, the palazzo, Il Duomo was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes, and there was a pottery shop with a really gorgous cat named Lorenzo who clearly had the run of the place. (I also enjoyed the cats inhabiting the Roman ruins but that’s a different area.)

  5. Cola Johnson
    Cola Johnson October 9, 2007 at 5:33 pm |

    I wilt with envy!

    *incidentally a line from a poem I once wrote*

  6. Hector B.
    Hector B. October 9, 2007 at 6:33 pm |

    a blissful afternoon drinking Cynar

    Having tried Cynar, I find this very difficult to believe. Did you mix it with something?

  7. Lindsaypw
    Lindsaypw October 9, 2007 at 7:09 pm |

    I’m an atheist, but gosh I love looking at old cathedrals. That one in particular is stunning.

  8. alphabitch
    alphabitch October 9, 2007 at 7:15 pm |


  9. L-K
    L-K October 10, 2007 at 12:29 am |

    I love the quality of the photos. I see that it’s a Panasonic Lumix. Do you recommend it as an “amateur photographer” type of camera? I would like to do some landscape/scenery photography and I’m looking for an ideal camera. Are there advantages/disadvantages to this camera?

  10. Bruce
    Bruce October 10, 2007 at 1:03 am |

    The story of the Palio is a trip, saw a documentary on it once and it was great.

  11. Hattie
    Hattie October 10, 2007 at 3:28 am |

    Wonderful place. I was there at exactly the same time of year several years ago. Your pictures are great.

  12. iena
    iena October 10, 2007 at 3:44 am |

    I was there at the same time as you! How exciting!

  13. zuzu
    zuzu October 10, 2007 at 10:17 am |

    Zuzu does some Junebug blogging (although she should do more because I LOVE that dog)

    Oh, FINE. I will harass her more frequently with the camera.

    And I will get over my seething jealousy of your travels.

  14. Dustin
    Dustin October 10, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    Beautiful pictures. I love Siena — the narrow medieval streets, the beautiful cathedral (I’m with lindsaypw, except I’m not only atheist but Jewish — still, love the cathedrals, especially in Italy). We stayed in an old palazzo with an owner who spoke no English (allowing me to try out my Lonely Planet Italian) and a wonderful dalmatian.

  15. uccellina
    uccellina October 10, 2007 at 8:08 pm |

    Having tried Cynar, I find this very difficult to believe. Did you mix it with something?

    We didn’t mix, although we alternated with Limoncello and espresso. But I truly do think Cynar is yummy. Maybe it’s an acquired taste.

  16. lee
    lee October 11, 2007 at 12:13 pm |

    Great pictures. I lived there for 2 months. Great to see the statue peeking out from behind the curtain is still there.

  17. JenLovesPonies
    JenLovesPonies October 11, 2007 at 7:53 pm |

    Siena is such a beautiful place. My (kind of gross) favorite part of the trip was seeing Catherine of Siena’s head (when I saw her body in Rome). Catholism is awesome!

    I wish I were in Italy again.

  18. RacyT
    RacyT October 12, 2007 at 3:15 am |

    Jill — I couldn’t find your email. I love your photos… I’d like to know: would you mind if I based some paintings on a few of your photos? They are beautiful, and I’ve never been overseas, but I paint cityscapes. You have my email — I can send you examples, if you would like. I would love to use some of these as inspiration, but I would not do so without your permission. Please let me know. I’ll even mail you one.

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