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We took the bullet train from Roma Termini to Padua and then a town called Breganze, near Thiene, west of Venice. The main line from Rome to Padua was pretty fast, up to 250 mph, and very comfortable. Overall the state run Italian trains are pretty impressive – certainly compared to UK service.

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We were welcomed by Giulia and her two sisters – our hosts for the show.

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The  show was located in a beautiful region between Venice and the mountains. This was the view from our hotel. In the valley between us and the mountains was a floodlit church.

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The show was full again, and very attentive. Patrick thought they might have a good grasp of English, looking like the great and good of Venice. This is my “not a word” look to him after my first chat.

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For some reason I always stand on tip toes when playing the harmonica.. or maybe its because the stage is on fire behind me..

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The next day we took in some sights in the nearby town of Bassano, with our tour guide Giulia. A famous medieval bridge, where there is a traditional to drink a campari/prosecco aperitif and throw the glass into the river below. Apparently a chap is employed to swim in the river and retrieve the glasses in the summer!

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There were great views from/of the bridge!

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A little refreshment and we were on our way. The freshly pressed orange juice was a much more spectacular choice than Luigi’s coffee!

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