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... are the cemeteries so I take her across the road to where the newer mausoleums are. Beyond that was the cemetery. I convinced her to defer the call to coffee to have a look. As she enters the gates, she looks around and wants to know where the Von Trapp family are hiding. It reminded her of a scene from The Sound of Music. The cemetery has fresh cut and growing flowers on almost every grave and mausoleum. The month of November (Holy Souls) explains this. Either end ...
Now where are all my party people?! In the city of Milan, Italy, the night does not begin
until about 1 am. Back in Canada if someone is awake later than
midnight, it is likely they are either in bed watching a movie with a
bag of chips or bowl of ice cream (all you ladies, you know what i am
talking about. We have alllll been there so please save the trouble
of denying it!), or selling drugs in dark ...
... what had happened, and was it OK to swap them over, there was quite a queue in there. A 'strategic' decision was made, that we probably didn't need to, as it was almost a straight swap, so we moved on. It was a couple of minutes later, as we stood outside a completely different shop, also with books hanging in a rack outside, that The WAG realised that this second shop was actually the one where she'd made the purchase after all! As they say in all the worst tabloids, ...
The Italian leg of my journey was a bit all over the place as I was in Milan 3 times, with Venice and Rome in-between. So for the purposes of this blog i've lumped all of Milan images and details together and will post separate entries for Venice and Rome.
So... Milan is a melting pot of culture, grunge, chaos, high fashion, trends and energy. It was an amazing contrast after Stockholm and ...
... at on this journey.
Such contemplation was brought into sharp focus by the Montecchio war cemetery that we came across when driving from Urbino to Mantua, and which we stopped at to investigate. How it resonated. The Battle of Montecchio was a significant breakthrough for the Allied armies, fought in late August and early September 1944. Many of the graves were therefore dated 31 August, which was my Dad's birthday. Furthermore, many of the dead were from the ...