When we docked at the Italian port of Brindisi we were met by pretty calico cat Lola with her grandma and grandpa. Lola has been very well provided for on her journey and, despite our lack of Italian and their lack of English, we were able to understand the special instructions concerning what Lola likes for her primero plato and segundo plato.
Then it was off to Aviano to collect one-year-old yellow Labrador brothers Lucca and Gino from Anthony and Shana. Engineer Anthony has been stationed here with the US air force, looking after huge jet engines. Their four children have gone back to Georgia to spend the summer holidays with Shana’s parents, and now Anthony and Shana are off to join them. Meanwhile Lucca and Gino are travelling with us to the UK, where they’ll board until the family takes up a new posting at Lakenheath.
Just outside Cesena we stayed at an agriturismo hotel, L’Infinito, where the kind owners are dog lovers. They weren’t quite ready for us when we arrived, so treated us to cold glasses of frizzante while we waited — poor us! Over supper we listened in to an interesting discussion about the global market for fruit, wine, olive oil and vegetables. Like many of Italy’s agriturismo hotels, this one sells its produce throughout and beyond Italy.