By Askin Ozcan
I placed my suitcase and bag at the nearest table to the cashier and without loosing eye-contact with my luggage; I selected my meal and paid. When I turned back, my luggage was gone. In split second, when I was paying, someone had snitched my bag. I asked the cashier to call the police, which she did and a policeman came in five minutes and told me, after my lunch I can go to the police office at the railway station and file an official report. Nervous, I finished my lunch. My bag was stolen in exactly forty five seconds when I paid for my food. There was no one around. Well, that is what I call professional burglary! I went to the police and what I see? Four police officers filing reports for stolen goods and in front of each police officer was a queue of some 10-12 persons whose things were stolen. I waited quite a long time until my turn came and the police officer filled a printed form for me, on which he checked out items which were in my bag and gave me a copy of the report, stamped by the police. Luckily, I had travel insurance and I got after a few months a compensation for my stolen things. My brother who was a hotel manager in Belgium told me another story. One of the clients of the hotel, a wealthy industrialist, had gotten married and visited Italy with his wife, in his new Mercedes sports car. When they arrived in front of the hotel, where they had booked a room, a porter in uniform greeted them and asked for the key to the car, so he could park it and bring their luggage to their room. The newly wed couple went into the hotel, checked in happily and were shown to their room. But their luggage didn't arrive even after a long time. They called the reception and told that they gave the car's key to the porter, to park the car and bring their luggage to their room and asked when the luggage will be brought to their room. The receptionist replied that the hotel didn't have a porter! Both the car and the luggage were gone! Apparently, a thief had dressed himself like a hotel porter and waited for such an occasion. But, Italy is a wonderful place for a vacation in despite of such sad incidents which are unfortunately plentiful.Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena, Napoli, Milano, Genoa, Verona and scores of other cities await you with their rich history and art while the Italian beaches and summer resorts like Lignano, Grossetto, Cinquaterre, Civitavechia, Capri, Ischia and hundreds of others will relax you and help you get ready for a working year, not to forget the wonderful winter resorts like Cortina d'Ampezzo and dozens of others and mountain resorts with their hunting lodges. The Italian tourism is very well organised and one finds plenty of information to help with his choice making, as to where to spend his vacation in Italy. Askin Ozcan is an author of six published books : THE SECOND VENICE, SMALL MIRACLES, WISDOM IN SMILE, STOCKHOLM STORIES, LIGHTNING AND A BOUQUET OF ROSES, THE MINI-SUBMARINE – all available at 200 internet bookshops globally, incl. www.amazon.com
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Askin Ozcan is an author of six books published in the USA. Small Miracles, The Second Venice, Wisdom in Smile, Stockholm Stories, Lightning and a Bouque of Roses, The Mini-Submarine. all are available at 200 internet bookshops globally including www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, www.alibris.com and via 25.000 bookstores giving the ISBN of the books.
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