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

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...

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Open the photo gallery >> Time to change locations again. The day started with Kas going for another run on the roof of the NH Lingotto. When she came back in we all got dressed and went for breakfast. The breakfast here was pretty good. We left the hotel...

Turin

Turin

Open the photo gallery >> Day 5 saw us needing to get in the car and head off somewhere different. We had our normal substantial breakfast at the hotel and said goodbye for the final time at about 9am before heading out to the motorways. Our target for the day...

Lake Como

Lake Como

Open the photo gallery >> Day 4 of the holiday (if you count the day we arrived, which I do). This was going to be one of the "big ticket" days where we actually had a plan, and a specific target of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. The plan was to...

Bergamo

Bergamo

Open the photo gallery >> Kas ducked out of going running this morning, so we had a relatively relaxed breakfast at 9am and then promised the girls a couple of hours in the hotel pool before going to do anything else. We'd managed to do everything we wanted to...

Milan

Milan

Open the photo gallery >> And so begins the "proper" bit of the holiday after having spent the whole of the previous day travelling or being tired. Before we could do any of that, though, Kas went out for an exploratory run round the neighbourhood while the...

Settala

Settala

Open the photo gallery >> When we started discussing summer holidays with the kids at the end of last year the girls suggested that there were various bits of [[Italy]] that they'd quite like to see. I think the discussion was held in a restaurant one evening,...