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I travelled a few hundred kilometres and found the Italian trains nearly as comfortable as the French but always crowded. They are fairly slowly with a long string of carriages to cope with the heavy traffic – mostly military of course. I did a lot of travelling at night to save time and found the carriages fairly stuffy. Continental people don't like too much fresh air.
There are numerous British residents in the various towns. In Florence I met an Australian lady and her daughter. In Rome there are numerous officials connected with the Embassy, passport control and other government offices as well as priests & students in the Roman Catholic churches & schools. I ran against an Australian (civilian) in Genoa who had a brother in the A.I.F.
The Italian Boy Scouts are much in evidence and have been organised on

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