Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 32

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dozens of little tables round which people were smoking, chatting & sipping coffee. A splendid orchestra was playing on an artistically decorated raised balcony at the far end of the room.
The following morning I went looking for some English people whose address had been given me, but I found they had moved to Naples, so I kept along the river into the fine public gardens.
During the afternoon I packed up my scanty belongings and left for Rome (316 kiloms) arriving in Italy's capital, the Eternal City, at 1 a.m. After trying a couple of hotels both of which were full, an Italian officer finally guided me to the Britannia in via Quatro Fontane. The next three days passed rapidly. Rome is not nearly as big as Paris or London (pop. about …) and it is very easy to

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