Day one of our trip to Italy to stalk our younger son who is also visiting the region as part of the Berkshire Maestros Guitar Orchestra. He set off on Tuesday morning by coach. We set off Wednesday morning by plane. We were both supposed to arrive at roughly the same time – 2pm Wednesday. When we caught up with him briefly today at the beautiful hilltop village of Montecatini Alto it transpired that their journey had taken an additional 10 hours caused by three coach break downs and finally a fire that put paid to the coach altogether. They were then stranded on the side of a motorway with their luggage waiting for a new and hopefully more reliable coach. They finally arrived at their hotel at 2am.

This drama seems to have added to the adventure rather than diminished it in any way. Whether the adults accompanying the 60 children feel the same is open to debate!

You can see more pictures of Montecatini Alto here