An Italian Journey

A Sort of Latter-Day Mini Grand Tour

by David M. Addison



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/20/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 428
ISBN : 9781420869309
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 423
ISBN : 9781456798352

About the Book

The formidable Iona, a.k.a. La Belle Dame Sans Merci, determined to instil some culture into her alcohol-appreciating and apparently sex-starved husband, accompanies him on a tour of the architectural and artistic highlights of Italy, like the Grand Tourists of yesteryear.


Unlike those tourists though, who often spent as much as two years, if not longer, on the journey, La Belle Dame Sans Merci has only one week in which to transform her husband as they explore the delights of Naples, Pompeii, Assisi, Florence, Siena and Rome.


And if that were not challenge enough, he displays an amazing propensity for opening his mouth and putting his foot in it, not to mention getting himself into a number of extremely embarrassing situations…

About the Author

Born in Banff, David Addison was educated at Aberdeen University and subsequently taught in SW Scotland and the Central belt where he was not allowed to use it any more.  He also taught for a time in Montana, and for an even briefer time, in Poland, when the Solidarity movement was at its peak.


He is married and has two grown-up children, who, thankfully, have both left home.


Having taken early retirement, he spends his time and the children’s inheritance by travelling as often as he can and collecting material for his latest book.


Travellers beware!

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