Travel Diaries

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

Cesare Pavese

Mirano

Mirano

Open the photo gallery >> After 13 days of industrial strength tourism we decided we'd earned ourselves a day off, and this was it. I think when we were planning the holiday we'd thought we might go to [[Trieste]] on this day, but somehow the idea of spending...

Venice

Venice

Open the photo gallery >> Day 13 was one of the "big ticket" days of the holiday - [[Venice]] day. We got up early (at 7am) and grabbed a nice if simple breakfast at the hotel before jumping on a bus. We'd originally planned to go into Venice on the train but...

Bologna

Bologna

Open the photo gallery >> The breakfast at the Grand Hotel Elite was pretty good, so we managed to get checked out feeling in fairly good condition, although Kas was obviously still suffering after hurting her ankle while running the previous day. We loaded all...

San Marino

San Marino

Open the photo gallery >> On this day we planned to spend the morning exploring [[San Marino]] before heading off down for our next night in [[Bologna]]. The breakfast in the hotel was nice, if limited in choice. There was a decent selection of fruits, cereals,...

Urbino

Urbino

Open the photo gallery >> Time to move on again after three nights in [[Florence]]. Our willingness to leave was enhanced by another distinctly average breakfast at the hotel, and we were fairly happy to get out of the place at mid-morning. I guess there wasn't...

Florence Again

Florence Again

Open the photo gallery >> You will have to forgive a certain lack of enthusiasm that may be apparent in my tone whilst typing this post. Everywhere else we stayed on the trip we'd assumed that one full day in a city would be enough for us to "do" the important...

Florence

Florence

Open the photo gallery >> Saturday. The mid-point of the trip, being the eighth of 16 days, and after a cunning bit of planning on our part, we found ourselves in one of a handful of locations in Italy that has a parkrun. The parkrun course was a mere kilometre...

Pisa

Pisa

Open the photo gallery >> Kas got up customarily early and went for a plod round the town. like she does. She got back in time for us to have a leisurely breakfast before setting off again. The breakfast here was the first of the trip that I'd describe as...