Florence, Italy – a weekend in September 2020

Bridges over the Arno River, Florence – September 2020

I did not think this trip would happen.

A weekend in Italy? A wedding in a country brought to its knees in agony by Covid-19 only months earlier? Surely not.

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Trip to Torino (Turin, Italy): Part II

The front entrance to Porta Nuova train station in Turin, Italy

The front entrance to Porta Nuova train station in Turin, Italy

The first day of Turin Epicurian Capital 2018

This is it! Day one of why I am here, and I am nervous.

A taxi returns me to Porta Nuova train station, neighbour to the hotel that is to be my base for Turin Epicurian Capital 2018.

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Trip to Torino (Turin, Italy): Part 1

View of the Alps shortly before landing in Turin, Italy

View of the Alps shortly before landing in Turin, Italy

The gleam of snow on dark peaks fills the window for long minutes, then disappears beneath a carpet of greens.

As the aeroplane turns on its wingtip, grids of brown appear, stacked close to the lush curves of the Po River.

We land gently.

“Ladies and Gentlemen – welcome to Turin!”

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