Elba Room

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Posted from Tuscany, Italy. ‘They sang the lays in ancient days Of purple Provencal and Samiotic wine, But I reserve my song to dwell upon The virtues of the Elban vine’ I wrote that about forty years ago during my … Continued

The Sage of Bra

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One of the many delights of having The Sage of Bra, John Irving, managing the logistics of this odyssey, lies in the discursive emails he sends me from time to time. They are full of wry observations and the gleanings … Continued

Piano Pianosa

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Posted from Tuscany, Italy. The quiet in the town is palpable. There’s just the sound of the sea and the birds. It comes as a surprise to see a woman come out of one of the houses,a shock when a … Continued

Honied thoughts

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Posted from Portoferraio, Tuscany, Italy. Have you ever tried dipping strawberries in honey. You should. I’m not claiming it as original, just as rather – no, very – good.

A day of tribulation

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Posted from Marciana Marina, Tuscany, Italy. How wet can a man get? On a Vespa, very. I had sort of thought that I might come across at some point in a vague way. Better to be prepared, I thought. But … Continued

Final thoughts on leaving Livorno

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Posted from Livorno, Tuscany, Italy. My hotel: Hotel Gran Duca, Piazza Giuseppe Micheli 16, 57120 Livorno. Tel: 00 39 0586 891024 I can throughly recommend this admirable establishment to anyone wanting to stay. It is both central and overlooks one … Continued

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