Observations from a cruise to Italy

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 17:06 PM.

On the negative side, the flood of we tourists has created a counterbalance to some of the historical purity. Everywhere we went we waded through a sea of street vendors hawking every imaginable trinket.

The guide told us to ignore them, and we did, but it’s a shame ordinances can’t be instituted to eliminate such nonsense. They don’t allow trash to be thrown around their cathedrals and monuments, so why shouldn’t they bar trash being sold in the footprints of Michelangelo?

Just wondering.

Otis Gardner’s column appears here weekly. He can be reached at ogardner@embarqmail.com. 



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