The boys have been on retreat for three days but are now returned home and looking forward to the lovely neighbours’ pats. Last minute luggage check, another look at the garden – there will be a mass of pink in a couple of weeks – and we head off as tour guides. We’re both determined to travel light and compact. Rome via Singapore and Dubai – our travel contingent of twenty are ready to take on the food, the antiquity and especially the sun-kissed skin! Buon Viaggio! No tales out of school!