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Wood for trees.

July 31, 2011


A piano. In Italian the word has several meanings. The first of which, floor, begins a journey which leads to another two. It is a rather unexpected turn in the road, and all the better for it. Crossing eastern Tuscany, we decide, one Sunday afternoon, to head for the hills. The map indicates a mountain […]


July 17, 2011


To enter into heaven, it is, perhaps, appropriate to first pass through hell. On departing from Rochechouart, Ton, a wise and creative man, describes Italians as “the guardians of heaven on earth”. Which may be true but first we must enter a circle of hell. The Frejus tunnel, linking France and Italy via the alps. […]

Souviens Toi

July 1, 2011


Remember. The sign as you enter Oradour Sur Glane makes a simple request. It is complete in its brevity. Time spent at the martyrs village can never be forgotten. It must, though,be heard, seen, written about. The approach to Oradour sur Glane is as any other in the Limousin. Wooded rolling hills are held together […]