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No traffic to speak of and mostly beautiful weather, Kris and I left San Gimignano this morning by 8:30am and got to Stresa, on Lago Maggiore (just south of Switzerland, on a lake, and near Malpensa airport for an early Sat morning flight). Stresa is one of those historic places in Italy — and Hemingway turned the place into a spot when he wrote about his recuperation here.
At San Gimignano last night we sat under a clear sky in the central piazza and listened to a travelling violinist play nearly the whole of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Glorious, peaceful, and a brilliant way to end off our time in Tuscany.
At breakfast we saw again a couple from Germany who grew up in Eastern Germany. Our question: What was the biggest difference? Her answer, blurted out: Liberty. Made me aware again of the significance of the Wall for ordinary German folks yet today.
I’m deeply enjoying the Pope’s book on Jesus. Much better than the Dante book by Barbara Reynolds. Why say so? She turned a study of Dante into a commentary on The Divine Comedy, of which surely there is a need but it was not what I was led to think the book was about. When I read the Comedy again I’ll surely keep my eye on her book.
Again, we can’t post pictures from our hotel in Stresa. We are right behind a lovely church and 50 yards from the lake — so we’ll have more than our share of pictures to share when we get home.
We have decided to post a 7-10 excursion in Tuscany — where we recommend going, etc..

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L.L. Barkat

posted June 1, 2007 at 10:35 am

Oh, you’ve swayed my heart with that mention of the traveling violinist playing Vivaldi. What a lovely thing. What a wonderful gift to you.

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posted June 1, 2007 at 12:35 pm

We look forward to your return. I have thoroughly enjoyed my vicarious visit to Italy through your brief entries. Looking forward to photographs.

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posted June 1, 2007 at 2:52 pm

Hope you’re enjoying Stresa, the most beautiful place on the planet! Eat the mussels in one of the local restaurants – delicious if you like seafood!

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John Frye

posted June 1, 2007 at 9:45 pm

Aaaah, a spot that Hemingway highlighted—wow! Enjoying your reports about Italy!

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posted June 1, 2007 at 11:49 pm

I am a moleskin fan – Hemmingway’s writting pad. I honestly believe it is one of God’s most awesome material gifts to us. I should be a spokesman for moleskin. lol. I am glad you are enjoying your trip. Stay safe and enjoy your vacation. See you soon sir.
– Tim

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posted June 2, 2007 at 7:46 pm

When you have a chance, I would look forward to seeing your itinerary and suggestions. Thanks!

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