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... depictions of Jesus blah blah blah, was the Meridian line. The inside of the Basilica was less ornate than I have become used to, it was actually quite plain.
We had lunch at an Italian food court which was varied in choice - pasta, cold meats, cheese or cold meats, cheese and pasta or cheese, pasta and cold meats. We all shared one of each.
After the feeding frenzy of pasta, cheese and cold meats, we hunted down ...
... and one of the staff had spent time in Dublin at Blackrock College, so spoke great English with an Oirish accent. Well, an Italian one anyway! The really cute thing was the Nativity Scene (Presep as they are called here) where all the figures were fashioned with wine corks and caps. And then we noticed the shelf full of other, everyday, characters made in the same way. Very cleverly done. Joy took photos which we'll put in when time allows.
After this ...
The reason for this strange title, is that we have decided to send home our laundry - the cases and now stuffed with books and in danger of collapse, and so are we from humping them on and off trains! So this morning Michael made two big parcels and set off to find a post office. He found one but was told the parcels had to be in a box. Where the ###### do we find a box in Bologna??? Well, the answer turned out to be round ...
... good dinner, but again quite pricey, especially the wine.
We decided it did not deserve a second drink, and walked onto to nice, little wine bar for a nightcap and a final taste of Bologna. Michael described it as a cross between Siena and Naples. The charm and atmosphere of Siena, combined with the size and frantic pace of Naples.
A great city though, which we are looking forward to exploring more fully ...
... Forte dei Marmi, it was now 10:20 pm and I was knackered and hungry. I found a hotel, threw my bags in and headed out for a pizza and an ice cold beer. I stopped at a wine bar on the way back to the hotel and had a glass of wine and a Tallisker.
What a day that was. Beautiful roads, but very close to being stuck in the mountains in the dark with an empty tank. From now on I'd make sure I have enough cash on me!