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The chronicles of a disappointing Italy – Fountains and face masks

Rome Unfortunately, both my disclaimer and opinion stated at the beginning of the previous post still stand, and although Rome has made a firm and positive impression it still came at a price. I couldn’t have been happier boarding the train to leave Venice as I took the actual seat I booked and settled in …

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The chronicles of a disappointing Italy – The sell-out

Milan & Venice - Italy After spending three glorious weeks travelling around Greece, continuing on to Santorini, Venice and Rome back-to-back at the end of July is nothing short of moronic but our itinerary had been designed for 2021 not 2022, and I had decided to take the slap in the face instead of making …

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The city with a multiple personality disorder

Skopje - North Macedonia I need to break this down into three parts because the country is wonderfully strange, but first the political house keeping. North Macedonia, a country of only two million people gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 followed by almost 20 years of arguing with Greece over the fact that the Macedonia …

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The land of a thousand Dua Lipas

Montenegro & Albania My glorious home county, The People's Republic of Leicestershire has 80,000 more people living in it than Montenegro's 620,000. Sitting on the Adriatic coast and surrounded 4.5 countries, as with most of the Balkans it is difficult to explain as an outsider. The 0.5 country is Kosovo, a country independent from Serbia …

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The chronicles of a disappointing Italy – Volcanic folly

Naples & Pompei - Italy Hungry for lunch, we dropped our bags at the hotel and headed straight to the restaurant next-door which turned out to be an excellent decision regardless of the incredible heat of the day. Any restaurant that serves up a heap of freshly baked bread in a paper bag has my …

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