We made it !
Giulietta and I
Alone and on the road for 1500 kilometres
Calais to Bassano in 14 hours including stops
Giulietta is resting in the shade in the garage but she
can’t stop purring
It was such fun with Reuben Gonzalez, Billie Holiday,
Chet baker and Melody Gardot singing to us all the way
Now the fun really begins
As the French say ‘plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’
The old busker is still here…
…he still can’t sing
…he still can’t played that damned guitar
…he still rolls his trouser bottoms up to expose his manky
legs (it’s a sympathy thing !)
…there is a change !
…a new tactic !
…..usually his ‘collection hat’ is completely empty…
…he sweeps any coins away the moment the donor drops
them in (the ultimate sympathy ploy, no donations ! ! !)
This year it’s different…
…the hat is loaded with one and two euro pieces
…even a five and ten euro note ! ! ! ! !
The message is clear……
…..everyone loves me, everyone donates
…..so get on board and join the fun
Privately I admit to the possibility these are bribes from
We’ll give you all this if you would just retire and go away
The shops continue to close at an alarming rate…..
…..and surprise, surprise !
…the first electronic cigarette shop has gone bust
That leaves just nine in the historic centre to slug it out
for the business
You have to admire their optimism
The Tribunale (the law courts) opposite Casa Groover is nearly
September, they say
Quest’ anno ? I quipped
That elicited some wry laughs
But after 8 years
Yes, 8, eight, otto, years ! ! !
And 14 million euros ! ! !
They don’t actually know if they have a use for it
This could only happen in Italy
I wonder what the Italian for ‘white elephant’ is ?
Anyway El Groover is home
Acclimatised (it takes ten minutes, the record is seven !)
The shorts are on, so are the 1950s Ray-Bans