Fezzik In Paris

Two Americans, three cats, and too many places named "de Gaulle"

While in Milan last weekend, I found my thought constantly returning to the historically fractious nature of Italy; there is little doubt that these thoughts were influenced by Barbara W. Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror, but I suspect even without having recently finished said book, I would have been thinking of the differing interests of the dukes of Milan as they plotted against those of Florence, and the disconnected interests of the Papal States and the Venetian Republic. Milan looks different (though this is undoubtedly due to the widespread destruction wrought by the bombing campaigns of the second world war) and feels different than the other Italian cities to which we’ve been, and prompted me to wonder how much of the distinctness of each place we’ve been is due to the fact that Italy as we think of it really did not exist until the latter part of the 19th century.

Alternately, this could have been misplaced irritation at my continuing inability to find a suitably Florentine cornetto.

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