The poet was photophobic so the light is dim
D'Annunzio proved too famous to pull out.The poet was photophobic, so the light is dim. When you have a bad tooth, Mussolini remarked on another occasion, you either pull it out or cover it in gold. Young Benito Mussolini was impressed.Entering La Prioria, d'Annunzio's house at Il Vittoriale, is like climbing inside the man's head. His most notorious exploit came in 1919, when he seized the disputed port of Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia) with a group of partisans and held it for more than a year.
Of the remaining three the Indian Ocean seems the hardest to pin down. Atlantic beaches? Copacabana, Miami Beach and the Caribbean Islands on the western side; Europe on the other side. The Pacific? Bondi and Surfers Paradise on the Australian side; Baywatch beaches in California on the other, and all those Pacific Islands in between. Officially the world has five oceans but only three are worth thinking about when it comes to beaches, if we discount the two chilly ones, the Southern Ocean and the Arctic Ocean.
A double room costs $95-$130 (£63-£87) including breakfast.Seeing there: A personal tour with a National Park Service Licensed Battlefield Guide costs $40 (£27). Guides are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Gettysburg National Park Service Visitor Center, open daily 8am-6pm in summer, 8am-5pm other times (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day). For full details, call 001 717 334 4474 or visit .Contact the National Park direct on 001 717 334 1124, or visit Dobbin House is at 89 Steinwehr Avenue (001 717 334 2100; ).For more information on Gettysburg and surroundings, call the Convention and Visitors Bureau on 001 717 334 6274 or visit the website at . For information on Pennsylvania, go to .. He must have felt that he had to try to bring something positive out of the bloodshed - to remind people what the fighting was all about. As Garry Wills says in his book, Lincoln at Gettysburg: "He came to change the world, to effect an intellectual revolution.
No other words could have done it - he called up a new nation out of the blood and trauma."TRAVELLER'S GUIDEGetting there: Victoria Summerley flew from London Heathrow to Philadelphia with British Airways (0870 850 9850; ) In late November and early December return fares cost £252. You can also fly from Gatwick and Manchester to Philadelphia on US Airways (0845 600 3300; ) for about the same. Or fly to Newark on American Airlines, British Airways, United, Continental or Virgin Atlantic, and then take the train to Philadelphia's 30th Street station.Getting around: It takes about two-and-a-half hours to drive from Philadelphia to Gettysburg on I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike West), and Route 15. By the time Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg for the consecration ceremony, fewer than half had been buried in their new resting place.What makes the history of Gettysburg particularly interesting is this emphasis on the horrific aftermath of war as well as the drama of battle. It is easy to imagine Lincoln feeling almost overcome by the scale of the slaughter. Everett's speech, a classic funeral oration rich in allusions to ancient Greek ideals, dwelt on the history of the war - which, you have to remember, was to go on for another two years.