The Family Herman used to go on holiday from the South of Holland (Maastricht) to the South of France (Argélès-sur-Mer). The journey would take about 10 hours fast driving. Cries from the children "Are we nearly there yet, Dad?" would break out before we had even left the drive of our house -- which was only 4 yards long (the drive, that is, not the house). The journey to France would take us through Belgium and Luxembourg before we got to France. I would manage to keep the kids quiet for about a quarter of an hour by giving them an extra strong peppermint when we entered Luxembourg, and promising them more goodies if they had any of it left when we left the Duchy; This kept them quiet. For a while.
Anyway, like Luxembourg, San Marino is a small country -- in fact it's a very small country, nay, a micro country, indeed the smallest republic in the whole wide world. And this is a tribute to it. It is based on pages from a Sammarinese (now there's a new word for you!) stamp album filled with...well if not stamps, then stamp size images*. And a bilingual text, in English and French.
Here is Great Big Collage no. 16 -- my Tribute to San Marino:
Next we have the football ('soccer' to you lot) team of this mighty nation. It's ranked last in the world, which is not all that surprising as it includes Micky Mouse, a sleeping Smurf and a naked lady:
San Marino is also famous for it's navy (2 ships, a punctured inflatable and a decoy rubber duck) and the size of it's one and only Admiral:Next we come to the Government of San Marino -- it's leftist tendencies (after all it includes Marx, Mao, Che and Fidel) are somewhat offset by the inclusion of Robin, a Siamese cat, and a Joker picking his nose:
Last but one, I really must draw your attention to the Sammarinese army which is part of NATO. Unfortunately, recent budget cuts in the Republic's defence expenditure means that the Army can no longer afford tanks or armoured vehicles -- but it has lots of brown and white cows:
"Have you ever been to San Marino, Val?"
"Yes, when I was a teenager, but I can't remember anything about it. Once upon a time I was going to write a book about the government and politics of San Marino and the other European micro states, but I never got round to it."
* I was going to make a Great Big Collage of Stamps, but not even I am daft enough to spend weeks sticking 10, 457, 359 stamps on a Great Big Collage board -- and anyway, I only have 10, 457, 368 stamps.
The Sammarinese footballer Davide Gualtieri who scored the fastest goal in World Cup hisory...against England in 1993 (but England eventually won 7-1)