Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 41
I thoroughly enjoyed my fortnight in Italy. Of the 21 days away from the Ambulance, 6 or 7 were spent in the train. The weather in Italy was splendid – much better than in France. I found living cheap. The lire, which in normal times has about the same value as the French franc, has dropped considerably in value and is now only worth 6d. English or about 2/3 of a franc. A considerable profit is therefore realised on changing your money (600 francs = a little more than 900 lires).
The towns in the centre and south are well lighted and entertainments commence at 8, 8.30 or 9 p.m. In the north lights are extinguished early, probably on account of enemy aircraft visits.
The Italians are of quite a different type to the French. The majority of the