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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 6: 30 September

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysThe highlight of my last day aboad the Espresso Egitto is a celebration dinner. The people from Adriatic Navigation have been extremely helpful to us and want to lay something on. Ann Passepartout suggests that we put two tables together, only realising later that they are bolted to the floor. But before she can stop them, Bruno, the Adriatica rep, Eros, the lugubrious maitre D', several of the waiters and an engineer have begun construction of a wooden bridge from table to table.

In the afternoon I am shown the galley where Franco and a team of 11 are preparing dinner for 300. Franco, a Neapolitan who's been 27 years 'man and boy' with Adriatica, gives me a rapid lesson in breadmaking. The essence seems to be controlled panic. Once the dough is prepared Franco sets to at a furious pace, kneading, twisting, tying, folding, muttering, cursing and turning out, in the space of a minute, about 25 little rolls which an uncharitable observer would compare to a series of exquisitely formed dog turds. Egomaniac to the last I produce, after two or three attempts, a passable letter 'P' which I shall eat later.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 6
  • Date: 30 September
  • Country/sea: Mediterranean Sea
  • Place: Adriatic Sea
  • Book page no: 34

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