Category Archives: Italy 2011

Our 20th anniversary trip across the top of Italy, from Como to Venice

Milan – Farnham

Milan station is an amazing place. The building is huge; a massive open space with a shopping mall beneath and massive columns in the main concourse. Outside it resembles a triumphal arch. The odd thing is that the platforms at … Continue reading

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Italians and trains are not a good mix

So you try and do the right thing. Save the planet, they say. Stop taking planes everywhere. Relax on a train and arrive refreshed. Some of that is true as long as you don’t end up in Italy. Once the … Continue reading

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Glassy lady

Well, we finally found a bit of Venice we really liked. It’s where the glass comes from, Murano. It’s more of a real place, with real people and a lot less made up than Venice proper! We wandered around most … Continue reading

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Loving it up in the chapel

Anyone who has been to Italy will know how noisy the traffic is. Italians are a loud lot – not that there’s anything wrong with that and it clearly shows great passion. This translates easily to the road where their … Continue reading

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Make mine calamari

The sky is blue once more. The weather has been exceptional so far this trip – apart from our first night in Como when we were inside anyway – and each day is bluer than the last. It makes Venice … Continue reading

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Chopsticks in Italy

The seagulls in Venice, of which there are many, eat the pigeons, apparently. According to the guide book we’re using, the Venetians quite like this as they detest the pigeons. In fact, it’s illegal to feed them. The pigeons not … Continue reading

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Como – Venice

[We were without an Internet connection for the duration of our trip so I am now catching up] The train was delayed by 15 minutes which extended our stay at Como train station. As it was we had to check … Continue reading

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The Grand Tourists

I popped out in the morning, leaving Mirinda to work on her latest essay, and visited the Como Archaeological Museum. Interestingly, before I found the building, I was caught up in some sort of demo. It seemed to have something … Continue reading

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Alessandro Volta is the man

AC/DC would have not recorded a song called High Voltage Rock and Roll had it not been for Alessandro. He was an amazing physicist who was born in Como and from whom we get the term ‘volt’. He is responsible … Continue reading

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Ventesimo anniversario di nozze

If Farelli had told me 20 years ago that I would be sitting in a fantastic restaurant on the edge of Lake Como, enjoying a wonderful Italian white wine and three course feast with my wife of 20 years I’m … Continue reading

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