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The Monk Train

Day 11 - Orta

sunny 37 °C
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Sorry about the delay – got a few days behind and had to sit down and catch up. All up to date now 

After a fantastic brunch of cheese, salami and bread we set out to find a place to go swimming and possibly hire a pedalo. We found a place called Miami beach but they charged a load for entry before 2.30pm, so we decided go into Orta for a drink beforehand. Preseco for the parents as well as a pina colada for mum and lots and lots of bridge. More doom and gloom for Tom and mum and they continued their streak of “unlucky” failure.


While we were sitting there admiring the view, the tourist train came right into the square, full of singing monks in sunglasses. We laughed and laughed and laughed – if we’d of got it on video it would’ve been a hit on YouTube. It was really really hot and humid so while everyone was sitting down I went to investigate ice creams. I went into six different shops (this is where I belong) and finally chose a parlour famous for its pistachio. It was amazing. Three scoops each later we returned to the beach and got in for free. Not only did we get a pedalo but it was yellow and had a slide. After assigning roles; I was admiral, Tom captain, mum ‘sea lord’ and dad ‘sea dog’, we set out for an hour of fun aboard the ‘Miami Duck Warrior’ (our name). It was great. Dad stayed onshore and did an amazing charcoal picture of the mountains behind us.


After we’d come back to the tent at six, Tom and dad went off again for tennis in the sweltering heat. There was a little confusion at the club and they ended up playing two of the locals. They won, surprisingly, and came back with a huge grin. We went back to the pizzeria from two nights before for pasta AND pizza – I couldn’t even start my pizza so I brought it home for breakfast tomorrow. We leave tomorrow, I can’t believe we’ve done our time here already and are moving on again. I think all the planning has paid off though – if our stays were any shorter it wouldn’t be worth unpacking, and if they were longer we wouldn’t be able to see as many places.
All in all, dad’s day went:
Sounds good to me 

Posted by katebolshaw 09:02 Archived in Italy

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