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In London

(finally)

overcast 15 °C

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I'll spare everyone the details of how I finally got here, but I did. Given the arrival time and the jet lag, I took a fairly easy day, walking around the City of London and the South Bank, snapping a couple pictures along the river, buying some good English cheese, wandering through book sales, and just generally exploring the city.

Tomorrow I brave air travel again, and hopefully this time, with better results.

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Stuck.

In Maryland.

The plane had a fuel leak. After three hours on the tarmac trying to fix the problem, they gave up. So tomorrow, I start on the phone with British Airways to get a way across the ocean. Should be fun.

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On Cividale

An introduction to London seems unnecessary, but Cividale del Friuli is a little bit out of the way and unfamiliar, so I'll run down a quick intro of what it is and why I want to go there.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is the northeasternmost region of Italy, bordered on the southwest by the Veneto (and Venice), on the northwest by Trentino-Alto Adige (a/k/a the S├╝dtyrol, the German-speaking Alpine region of Italy), on the northeast by Austria, and on the east by Slovenia. The south of the region is a mild Adriatic coastal plain, the middle is generally hilly wine and farm country, and the north is the Alpine border with Austria.

Cividale sits in the foothills of the mountains that form the border with Slovenia, in the Colli Orientali wine zone. Founded by Julius Caesar ("Friuli" is a contraction of "Forum Iulii," i.e., the Forum of Julius) as a Roman outpost in the first century BC, Cividale del Friuli has been ruled by groups as disparate as Lombard invaders (who left the 8th century Tempietto), the Venetian Republic, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Nearby are Aquileia, an important archeological site; Trieste, free port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and longtime home of James Joyce; and San Daniele, center for one of the world's most famous hams. Venice, even, is only a short train ride away.

For questions or clarifications, please feel free to hit the comments below.

Posted by elefantstn 10:38 Archived in USA Tagged preparation Comments (2)

Introduction and Itinerary

sunny 22 °C

Welcome, then, to everyone fascinated enough by me to follow my trip this fall. I suppose the first order of business is to present an itinerary so that nobody will be surprised when the blog suddenly changes locale:

  • Fri., September 30: Flight from BWI to London Heathrow

  • Sat., October 1 - Mon., October 3: Swinging London

  • Tue., October 4 - Fri., October 14: Beautiful Cividale del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

  • Sat., October 15 - Mon., October 17: Back in London

  • Tue., October 18: Flight home

The blog will be updated at least daily in London, where I will have wireless internet access at night, and hopefully regularly if not daily in Italy, where internet access will surely be scarcer.

Posted by elefantstn 10:23 Archived in USA Tagged preparation Comments (2)

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