18 July 2009

Farewell To Arms

A spectacular route - well, in large part: the bit alongside the road, with no footpath, wasn't so good - along the side of Lake Maggiore, passing the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées where Hemingway set part of A Farewell to Arms (and Isola Madre, a quarter of a mile offshore, where Mussolini, Laval and MacDonald created the Stresa Front in 1935 to try to contain Hitler's ambitions: it fell apart when Britain unilaterally agreed to an increase in the German navy, and Mussolini invaded Abyssinia).

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