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Trip Report Italian Opera-Edinburgh Tattoo-"Great" Houses-Cornwall: Ongoing and FINAL

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I am once again going to attempt an ongoing "trip report" and it will also be my last one here. In the past, many very kind people have signed on to these attempts and for a variety of reasons the attempts have failed.

People write them to be helpful to others but I've learned that unless you talk about things of interest to many they won't get a lot of "action" which is understandable.

I do not top my own posts as some very well-known frequent posters seem to do in order to "get attention." The only topping I do is by adding another entry.

That all very boringly said, we are this morning at 6 days before departure.

Preparation: bought air tickets almost a year ago. Itinerary has bounced all over the place, especially in Italy and the UK and so many hotels have been booked and discarded, train tickets reserved (and a couple discarded), flights booked and changed along with two different rental car segments rather than one continuous one; I've got a file folder full of so much "documentation" it looks like a thesis binder.

The Final: Flying from Miami to London and on to Zurich next Wednesday-Thursday. Overnight in Zurich and on to Bologna the next morning by rail. Four days in Bologna (new for us) followed by four nights and four opera performances in Verona (not so new for us).

Flying to Edinburgh via Gatwick out of Verona rather than trooping to Milan to fly direct as we have done in the past.

The whole "Edinburgh thing" is so the Husbear can once AGAIN see the Tattoo. The last time we did it we had the "best" seats and the weather was miserable to include plenty of rain but that show goes on regardless as did we.

I was disappointed in the show itself but only because I thought there should have been a lot more bagpipes and all that and a lot less of the "everything else" which is what I was used to when these bands make trips to the US. Between that and the weather I swore I would NEVER do it again...ever!

So why are we? As they say, "For better or worse..."

Flying to Manchester and renting a car for some "Great" house touring to include Chatsworth and Hardwick Hall then flying to Newquay for a four-night stay in Falmouth. Will fly to Gatwick for one night and a show in London at the end and then back home.

Total time about three weeks and I already miss our little doggie.

I've had good and bad times on this site. Things have suddenly changed in our own lives here at home so this "report" will kinda be "it" for a while.

No worries about comments or likes and dislikes. I've been dissed before by the world travelers and the foodies so nothing is new.

More as time passes.

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