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    15 March 2014

    Two mens' travels, and travails, to get a magnificent Italian pizza oven for the Cafe.

 
 
Saturday, 15 March 2014

Travels to get a pizza oven

Two mens' travels, and travails, to get a magnificent Italian pizza oven for the Cafe.

Two men in a van set off me from Skye for a marathon 72 hour odyssey. My brother-in-law, Nicky, and I travelled almost 3,000 miles through seven countries.

First stop was Newcastle where the ferry was delayed six hours in port due to bad weather. Once we arrived in Amsterdam, after an interesting crossing, wedged into a tiny cabin, I wolfed down a huge cooked breakfast, while Nicky did his best to hold on to last night's supper. Well, you're either a hardened traveller, or you're not.

The drive from Amsterdam to Pisa was maniacal to say the least, though obviously conducted entirely safely and within the appropriate local speed limits. We stayed at a friend's beautiful villa near Pisa, which was absolutely lovely. It's just a shame we were in a tearing hurry and not having a two week break. Next we went to the factory to see our oven, buy it, pack it carefully into our van before turning round and heading back the way we've come pronto! See, I even picked up some Italian on the way!

The journey back was non-stop driving to London via the Channel tunnel in the company of seasoned lorry drivers, who laughed at our hardships. They face them every day. After a quick kip in London, it was time for the last leg, and by nightfall we were back in Skye with out treasure. Now we just need to install it. That'll be easy peasy, obviously.