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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 3: 27 September

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysA few hours to kill in Venice before leaving by boat for Greece, Crete and Egypt. The director thinks it would be nice for me to see the city from the back of a rubbish barge, and very soon, perhaps a little too soon, after breakfast I find myself hosing down the Riva degli Schiavoni and tossing plastic bagfuls of Venetian unmentionables into the garbage barge. Mario, 48 years old, with a 13-year-old son and a daughter of 20, is in charge of our squad. 'Even the rubbish in Venice isn't cheap any more,' he replies to my routine suggestion that this must be one of the most beautiful cities to grow up in. 'The young can't afford to live here now.' The other two members of our crew are Fabbio, who turns out to have weight-lifted for his country, and is profoundly embarrassed by the whole filming, and Sandro, curly-headed, beautiful, pre-Raphaelite, and unreachable on most levels.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 3
  • Date: 27 September
  • Country/sea: Italy
  • Place: Venice
  • Book page no: 21

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