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Trip Report Paris & Venice, August 2015

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I’m not sure if one is meant to start a trip report before one actually starts the trip. But I’m sick of the Melbourne winter, and France and Italy beckon. Maybe as I age, I’m less tolerant of cold. So, mid-August we leave, six nights in Paris, four in Avignon, two in Lyon, three in Turin, three in Genoa, three in Reggio Emilia, then five weeks in Venice.

I suppose there are three “anchors” for the trip. Paris, because we have never been there (although I visited Paris in 1975). Turin, for the museum of Egyptian antiquities. Venice for, well, I suppose, Venice. The Arts Biennale will be happening in Venice while we are there, and that should be a point of interest. A friend is engaged in a performance art piece there, the performance being to read aloud all of “Das Kapital”, two readers at lecterns. I’m inclined to think that it might look more like an installation after an hour or three. Maybe the Mosque might have re-opened in Venice – I’m not sure, and with a bit of luck, there will be things at the Querini and Fortuny that call us back.

No idea what’s happening in Paris, and that time is very unplanned. We have a microscopic apartment in the Marais, so can pretend to be residents for a little while. Avignon, once the seat of Papal power, the third home of the Catholic Church, the others being Antioch and Rome. And “the South of France” sounds so hedonistic, maybe from reading too many Somerset Maugham stories set there – “the Three Fat Women of Antibes” springs to mind.

Apartments in Venice, one for eight days, then a second one for four weeks, as the one we wanted was not available for the whole time. The first is closer to Piazzale Roma than we would like, almost shouting distance from the prison, the second near the Carmini, our old stamping ground, so we will be moving house in Venice. Shouldn’t be too difficult if we plan for it.

Twenty eight days until we leave, not that we are counting. Yeah, right!

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