This site records our month in Europe during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games (our first time had been http://www.stringertravelling.com.au/heart
Living, as we do, in a suburb that was one of the core centres of Games activity, we decided that our ... ah ... lack of total commitment to athletics, coupled with the certain arrival into town of many, many people with intent only to party (and that ALL NIGHT !), added up to a need for us not to be here during that time.
We organised for quasi-family who *wanted* to be here then (chacun son goût !
) to house- and cat-sit.
Predictably, everywhere we went in Europe -- perhaps I ought state immediately that for "Europe" you may substitute simply "Italy and France" -- we were asked «What are you doing here
?!»: it seemed that the concept of our NOT attending the Games when we had every opportunity of so doing was utterly astonishing !
Well ... We started in Milano because at that time Alitalia was still flying out of Oz and Malpensa was their base. It wasn't until we got there that I realised how much I love that city.
Our next stop at Jera was one of CS' instinctive brainwaves once we'd plumped for Lunigiana, an area to die for -- trust me on this !