Category Archives: Tuscany 2002

Plane home

Last day. Loaded the car. Threw away heaps of food, left the toaster for the next lot of guests and got away at 9-ish. It’s raining which makes the trip so much more fun! Only a few ‘oops’ and no … Continue reading

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Detached retina in Pisa

What a bizarre day. Mirinda got hold of an English-speaking ophthalmologist in a Pisa hospital and he said Bob had to come in for an immediate operation. So we all hopped into the car and poor Mirinda gets her first … Continue reading

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Soothing among the trees

Awake at 6:30. Oops. Awake at 8. I was sitting on the toilet happily abluting when a half asleep Mirinda opened the door and, in alarm, blurted out “Blur!”, shut the door and retreated. She believes this has never happened … Continue reading

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Running out of film

Woke up at 7:30 and it’s pissing down with rain. Woke up at 9:30 and it’s still raining. Finished writing my journal at 11 – busy day yesterday. The rain stopped and it seems to be clearing up. Am re-considering … Continue reading

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Etruscans & Romans

Farelli left on a plane at 7 this morning, as long as she got a taxi to take her to Pisa airport at 5! I got up at 8:30, about the time she’d be landing at Gatwick. She, of course, … Continue reading

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Taking Farelli to Pisa

Taking Farelli to Pisa today so up at 7:30 sitting on the balcony writing this. A lot more blue-sky out this morning, which is nice. Still quite chilly. We left at 10:45 to catch the 11:40 train to Empoli – … Continue reading

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Buon natale!

Woke up about 8. Still no sun, though no fog today and the sky looking brighter. Not particularly cold. Our room has only a small window which does not allow a lot of light in, so the mornings don’t wake … Continue reading

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Standing before perfection

Up at 8. Today is Florence with Farelli and me. The Stockwells are to spend a family day together in San G. Bob dropped us at the station in Castelfiorentina and we hopped onto the train to Firenze. Nice enough … Continue reading

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Joyous Fountain

Up at 8 and the weather’s gloomy. Sat on the balcony, drinking my coffee, practising semaphore with Farelli when she rose. Needed NO breakfast, no way! Not after last nights monstrous dinner. Eventually we set off for Siena through some … Continue reading

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Meeting a guy from Malloolabah

Woke up at 7 then at 10. Bob and Claire have gone. An interesting fact about Italian bread – it appears to have no salt. This makes it quite tasteless! The sliced stuff (“Ideal for toasting“) is also a bit … Continue reading

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