How agreeable it is not to be touring Italy this summer,
wandering her cities and ascending her torrid hilltowns.
How much better to cruise these local, familiar streets,
fully grasping the meaning of every roadsign and billboard
and all the sudden hand gestures of my compatriots.
Quoted from Billy Collins' poem "Consolation"
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Photographed yesterday at noon
Park of Schloss Kittsee
District of Neusiedl am See
40 miles southeast of Vienna