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Farewell to Old England forever...

(Well until we win Lotto anyway)

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Well we're barely half way through our trip and already we've had to buy another suitcase to fit in our purchases. I say 'our' but of course my contribution to events has been minimal. Yesterday Olivia walked me up and down the length of Oxford street as she single handedly lifted the UK economy by several percentage points. I did manage to buy a shirt and get an expensive haircut in Carnaby St. (I knew I shouldn't have mentioned I was a lawyer).? After recovering from shopping Armageddon, we met up for dinner with Olivia's teacher Robin Nicolson and her partner Russell who had flown in from Italy that day . Olivia was particularly chuffed to catch up and was reassured that she couldn't get into too much trouble for wagging school if her teacher was guilty of the same thing!

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Afterwards we dropped into Hamleys, the famously huge toy store, where we saw HM Queen Elegobeth and made some further essential purchases of stuffed Beefeater Bears. ?

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Today it was up early to catch the flight from Heathrow to Milan. It was sad to leave the Old Dart but we were all excited to be heading off to Italia.

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It was quite a bit warmer on the continent and by the time our car arrived at Lake Como a thunderstorm had rolled in. After we had checked in at the Hotel Como and settled ourselves, the weather had cleared so we strolled down into town and joined in the 'passeggiata' with the rest of the denizens. The historic duomo and town square glistened after the rainstorm and made an imposing sight.

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After Lucia's 'wobbly meter' started to reach critical mass after a tiring day of travel ?, we made a quick dash back to the hotel for our first meal in Italy including the obligatory (yummy) gelato.

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The weather tomorrow looks kind for our day cruise on Lake Como to Bellagio, really looking forward to that.

Ciao for now!

Posted by Melbinman 12:59 Archived in Italy

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