The Royal Geographical Society held a couple of events mid-week; the Shackleton photography exhibition and talks about Leopards in Oman and the Sultanate’s Aflaj (the plural of Falaj) organised by Nigel Winser.
Bologna turned out to be a gem, with a cohesive central area and kilometre after kilometre of arcades providing traffic free, all weather walks. The Asinelli Tower Bologna is one of two ancient skyscrapers
Flying Ryan Air in clear weather over Lago di Vernago in the Southern Tryol Alps took me into Bologna where the David Bowie retrospective is currently being shown. We flew over the Ötztal Alps where Fineilspitze mountain (left centre overlooking Lago di Vernago) was the location of the find of Ötzi the Iceman.