Post by Mike
Most Umrats seem to go away to do silly, inconsequential things like
housework, family, shopping, sports, hobbies and the like on Saturdays;
c’mon, prove me wrong today!
We were on the beach in Liguria, a friend from Antibes came over and
then we had lunch together. In the afternoon we drove to Milan and
stayed in a very nice Agriturismo in an ecological reserve . That
night we went for a meal - an excellent fillet steak with porcini for me
and elephant ears for waife. Really, that was what was on the menu and
it did look one - a lovely veal chop beaten to be thin but very big and
then cooled (appropriately) al Milanese.
Having praised my TomTom recently it got us totally lost trying to find
this hotel, mainly beacuse it had the location completely wrong. It was
indeed down a narrow dirt track, but not the one it sent us down. After
driving round for a bit and asking several walkers, cyclists and
motorists, one of the motorbikers we'd asked found us again and said
"I've found it, follow me" and took us straight to it - what a nice man.
TomTom was fine apart from that. Drive was mostly good apart from queue
at Mont-Blank Tunnel on the way out, accompanied by two more Elly
Griffiths Ruth Galloway books. Roads were busier than expected. Everyone
wearing masks in France at the motorway stops. Italy too, but people
were fairly relaxed. We saw lots of our old friends but always outside,
in the open air, as were all our meals. Most of our time spent on the
beach which was well spread out - round the headland in Arma the much
busier beaches had 3m squares demarcated with poles and rope that was
put to good use for volleyball and supporting awnings :)
Weather was lovely apart from 1 afternoon when we had to go shopping
anyway for local oil and (look away now KRW) 95% alcohol for use in
making cherrycello etc.
A great holiday that we really needed.
 the downside of this was that there was a huge population of flies
and mozzies which accompanied us on our 1km walk to the restau despite
being drenched in anti-moz spray.