Author Jude Collins

Arrivederci (almost)

SUNDAY 26 JULY 2009 This morning I got Francesca to run me off a copy of our boarding passes for tomorrow. This involved getting her laptop up from the basement, and shortly afterwards getting Her Chap (tall, youthful, pleasant) to help get it going and then printed off. Following that, I asked for and got […]

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Milan Cathedral and Strangers on a Train 2

FRIDAY 24 JULY 2009 Before leaving this morning we did a very short visit to the Duomo – Milan Cathedral to you and me. We’d been there before but I’m afraid the memory has melted into a conglomerate of churches I’ve visited in Rome and Florence and God knows where. At the same time I […]

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Milan Cathedral and Strangers on a Train 2

FRIDAY 24 JULY 2009 Before leaving this morning we did a very short visit to the Duomo – Milan Cathedral to you and me. We’d been there before but I’m afraid the memory has melted into a conglomerate of churches I’ve visited in Rome and Florence and God knows where. At the same time I […]

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Il Duomo and Strangers on a Train 2

Before leaving this morning we did a very short visit to the Duomo – Milan Cathedral to you and me. We’d been there before but I’m afraid it’s melted into the mass of churches I’ve visited in Rome and Florence and God knows where. At the same time I don’t know how I forgot it, […]

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Strangers on a train to Milan

THURSDAY 23 JULY 2009 We headed for an overnight in Milan, after an early breakfast by our landlady and a drive in her cut-off Merc to the station at Viareggio. It was a beautiful morning and it was almost like being given an outing as a kid – a break from the dullish but OKish […]

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Strangers on a train to Milan

THURSDAY 23 JULY 2009 We headed for an overnight in Milan, after an early breakfast by our landlady and a drive in her cut-off Merc to the station at Viareggio. It was a beautiful morning and it was almost like being given an outing as a kid – a break from the dullish but OKish […]

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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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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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