Milan and Turin

I’m in Italy on business – Milan first, then Turin.


I flew over late Wednesday arriving in Milan around 09:30 – about an hour late. Despite Hertz saying they would hold my car for at least an hour after my flight landed – they hadn’t and I had to settle for a lesser vehicle. Not a good start.

Late night was not the best time to be introduced to Milan’s crazy roads and to be driving on the wrong side of the road. No lane markings, and traffic lights at every intersection (approx. 200 metres apart). Anyway, as I was working I didn’t get to see anything more of Milan than the appalling traffic and I was glad to leave.

Next week I am working in Turin so I stayed in Italy over the weekend. Thankfully I planned to move to Turin on Saturday rather than stay in Milan. Turin still has crazy roads, but it is a far more pleasant place.

I’m staying in Le Meridien Lingotto which is located in the former Fiat factory – very nice with unique rooms and there is even a large shopping centre situated in the same building.

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Pentire West and a Return Visit to Trelissck

I love the weather forecast. As I am walking in glorious sunshine the forecast is insisting that there is currently heavy rain and that this will continue throughout the day. I start the day with a cliff walk around West Pentire towards Porth Joke.

West Pentire

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Camel Trail

Camel Trail I have visited Padstow on many occasions but never paid any attention to the Camel Trail. Usually, I head north, along the coastal path, as I have always loosely associated the trail with cyclists, but this is not the case. It proved well worth the visit and as I only took in the first couple of miles this time, I will definitely be planning to make a return visit in the future.

Polruan, Fowey & Restormel

Drove to Fowey and then took the passenger ferry across to visit Polruan for the first time.


I then climbed the very steep streets to reach the top of the town and the start of the coastal path.

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Park and Ride

As I have said before – St Ives can be a very unpleasant place, overcrowded and crammed with cars. After the success of my out of season visit in October 2008, I thought I’d give Spring a go.

St Ives

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Getting Value from the National Trust

Nice cheap day

Start with a walk along the cliffs at Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps – National Trust

Next Lunch and a visit to Trerice – House and Gardens – National Trust.


The finished up on the Beach at Crantock, also National Trust.

A nice sunny day, but with an icy wind


After a night of torrential rain , the day turned out unexpectedly nice. After the long drive to Cornwall yesterday, I did not want to spend too much time on the road today – I decided to revisit the Lost Gardens of Heligan.


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