Author Jude Collins

Travelling hopefully and arriving…

WEDNESDAY 22 JULY We’ve been in Forte Dei Marmi since Sunday. It’s an hour’s bus-ride west of Lucca and on the coast – up the road from Viareggio, where that train carrying fuel crashed and set fire to houses a month or two back. The beginning of our stay here was perhaps the worst. We […]

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Bagni but no Browning

SATURDAY 18 JULY 2009 • Last night, shortly before going to bed, I discovered that the vague ache I’d had in my shoulder area for most of the day was not some sort of kind of wrenched muscle but two bloody big mosquito bites. A quick check established I had another on my bum, another […]

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Bagni but no Browning

SATURDAY 18 JULY 2009 • Last night, shortly before going to bed, I discovered that the vague ache I’d had in my shoulder area for most of the day was not some sort of kind of wrenched muscle but two bloody big mosquito bites. A quick check established I had another on my bum, another […]

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Green thoughts in a green shade…

16 JULY 2009 • I’m sitting in the garden of the ostello per la gioventù (youth hostel to you). It’s 1.05 pm and the temperature is serious – well over 30 degrees, I’d say. Yesterday in Firenze it got up to 38). However I’m in the shade with a small warm breeze making things manageable. […]

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Green thoughts in a green shade…

16 JULY 2009 • I’m sitting in the garden of the ostello per la gioventù (youth hostel to you). It’s 1.05 pm and the temperature is serious – well over 30 degrees, I’d say. Yesterday in Firenze it got up to 38). However I’m in the shade with a small warm breeze making things manageable. […]

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Walls and Flowers

15 JULY 2009 • Up early in Lucca to get an along-the –walls run in before we headed for Firenze (why do outsiders call places like Florence by a different name than the people who live there?). The circuit of the walls is 2.3 miles, which I completed yesterday and the day before and today. […]

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Walls and Flowers

15 JULY 2009 • Up early in Lucca to get an along-the –walls run in before we headed for Firenze (why do outsiders call places like Florence by a different name than the people who live there?). The circuit of the walls is 2.3 miles, which I completed yesterday and the day before and today. […]

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Piece of Pizza in Pisa

I’ve been out of touch with the internet since coming to Italy, or at least with that part of it which allows me to post blogs. Happily all that is now resolved, so I’m going to put up stuff I wrote and stored, starting with a week ago. Don’t worry, we’ll soon be up-to-date. 12 […]

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Piece of Pizza in Pisa

I’ve been out of touch with the internet since coming to Italy, or at least with that part of it which allows me to post blogs. Happily all that is now resolved, so I’m going to put up stuff I wrote and stored, starting with a week ago. Don’t worry, we’ll soon be up-to-date. 12 […]

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Viva Italia!

We’re about to start heading for Italy. This’ll involve taking the train to Belfast, the bus from Belfast to Dublin airport, and a Ryanair flight from there to Pisa. We are due to arrive after midnight so it’ll be after 1 a.m., I imagine, before we lay our weary heads down. I know there’s a […]

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