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    • Day 15

      Day 11: Nicorvo to Garlasco

      May 3 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      The forecast promised rain pretty much all day, and it was raining before 6 am. But as I was leaving town with the church tower bell tolling 8 am, the sky was relatively clear, and it only got better as the day progressed - endong in beautiful sunshine. Today's walk (30.26 km) was very similar to yesterday. Though there did seem to be a lot more trees surrounding the fields and waterways. When I entered the church in Mortara, the organist was practising (video attached)! It was lovely. Then I went on to cause a mild sensation in the fruit shop and also the tobacconist when I told them I was Australian. I saw lots of birds, a frog, some rabbits, and two of what I now know to be Coypu (the thing I thought was a Marmot the other day). One was swimming, and the other was sitting on the bank, but they were too quick for me to get a photo. I'm staying again tonight in "proper" Pilgrim accommodation (another donativo). This time, it is run by the local council.Read more

    • Day 18

      12. Stopp - Dorno

      August 2, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      An unserem nächsten Ziel angekommen!

      Hier ist Fredys persönliches Paradies… in unserer liebsten Pizzeria hier haben wir uns ein super leckere Pizza gegönnt. Wirklich lecker aber definitiv zu groß für Jenni!

      Morgen darf Fredy dann die Sau raus lassen…
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    • Day 21

      20. Etappe-Mortara-Garlasco

      July 21, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Gestern kamen noch ein Fuß-Pilger und zwei Fahrrad-Pilger, alles Italiener. Es war eine nette Runde beim Essen mit Pasta, Fleisch und Salat. Rotwein gab es auch. Da ich mich mit dem Italiener gut verstehe, sind wir heute gemeinsam gelaufen. Unterwegs haben wir unsere Füße im Fluss gekühlt und Kaffee getrunken. Danach hat es geregnet. Solange es stärker regnete, blieben die Mücken kurz weg, ansonsten war heute eine reine Plage, sie flogen mir in die Augen und in die Ohren und stachen, wo sie eine Stelle ohne Spray fanden. Hoffentlich wird das nach Pavia besser...
      Einige Kaninchen haben wir gesehen, die haben irgendwie keine Angst.
      Die Wohnung, so muss man es nennen, ist wirklich sehr gemütlich, mit Waschmaschine und Balkon. Zu zweit sind wir dann ein Mittagsmenü essen gegangen, Risotto und geräucherter Scamorza mit Tomatensauce. Später kam Michel, der französische Professor an, und wir sind ein Bier trinken gegangen, mein 500. Bier in meiner Bier-App!
      Ich konnte heute auf dem Weg und in der Unterkunft mit Jacopo italienisch lernen. Mit einem Bambi Buch für Kinder.
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    • Day 57

      Garlasco 13 miles

      September 7, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Had usable air-con last night which was a real pleasure. Often I find it just too noisy to be worth it but last night was fine. Early breakfast as Keith had his train to catch. Surprisingly average breakfast as the hotel’s dinner had been pretty good.

      Chilled out for a bit before departing partly because it was a fairly short day and I didn’t think I would get into the next place very early.

      The downside of leaving late was it was already uncomfortably hot by the time I was walking. Seemed odd initially to be on my own again but I got into the swing of it with the help of the radio. The terrain helped too with almost a French feel to the long path between large fields. I confess I only feel like a real pilgrim when I am on my own. When I am with someone it feels more like being on a walking holiday. Somehow solitude feels necessary. Better stay clear of all those Italian girls this time round then.

      Nipped into a church for a break this morning. They do provide a relatively cool, shady seat and it feels like the appropriate pilgrim thing to do. Had a half hour blether to Anne while I was in there.

      At lunchtime, rather than getting a sandwich/toastie plus water in a bar that Keith and I usually did I went for the supermarket fruit, crisps and large bottle of juice instead. Ended up sitting on the ground in the car park with it. I had been quite happy doing this in France but it now seemed less satisfactory than the bar. It isn’t the food or drink that’s the problem you just feel more recovered after sitting on a proper chair with a table in a (hopefully) cool bar for a half an hour rather than sitting on concrete outside. Lesson learned.

      Rolled up to the hotel at the back of 3pm only to find it was derelict. Bit disconcerting as had taken my money some days ago. Strange. Took a further look round the back and found that it was just the main building that was no more. Some enterprising soul was using the newer, motel type units round the back and running a sort of BnB enterprise with the same name as the defunct hotel. Happy with that especially as they had air conditioning. The chap recommended a pizzeria, unfortunately over half a mile away, but as it had been a short day it seemed churlish not to take his suggestion. When ordering, from an English menu, you could choose between regular, thin or thick pizza. I was tempted to go for the thin one as I hoped it would be smaller but I was told in time it was much larger. Don’t understand but possibly it was a lost in translation thing. Rustica for those interested. Very nice too.

      And the local gelateria had to be sampled on the way back.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Garlasco, غارلاسكو, Գարլասկո, ガルラスコ, Гарласко, Garlascum, Garlasch, ITGLC, 加尔拉斯科

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