Euro Cycle Touring 2018

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August 2018 - July 2020
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  • Day17

    Como Cruising

    September 13, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Lots of lovely piazzas give Como a relaxed vibe. Enjoyed the brief exploring after each days riding.

    And time to say ‘arrivederci’ Italy - I have loved my two weeks Cycle touring. Now onto Spain.

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  • Day17

    Lakes & Lugano

    September 13, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    So Lugano made it Lake #4 (the others being lakes Garda, Iseo & Como. Again a bit of everything from local communities to pockets of expensive real estate.... obvious from the manicured lawns, high gates and possibly the 3 new identical Mercedes in the garage.

    A sad admission - after never ending pizza, pastas, paninis, the takeaway Burger King lunch in Lugano tasted fantastic!
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  • Day16

    Schussing in Switzerland

    September 12, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Train to Airolo in Switzerland for a ride back to Bellinzona. The initial altitude loss was brilliant. Perfect switchback roads with dramatic views - like an Olympic Super G downhill run!

    Then the trade off with a long slog into a headwind along the valley floor.

    Natalie thought she was ordering a small lunch - but the calzone was on steroids!
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  • Day15

    Stairway to Nesso

    September 11, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Ferry to tiny Nesso. Drawcard is the Orido (gorge and waterfall) that splits the town. The bridge is perfect for jumping off - as a few kids were doing. Drawback - carting the bikes 340 steep cobbled steps up to the road.Read more

  • Day15

    Italian Riviera

    September 11, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    So the waterfront real estate on Lake Como’s western shore (Cernobbio, Moltrasio, Laglio, Brienno) is something else. Very grand palazzos, huge expensive hotels, lush and manicured gardens!

    No offer of a Nespresso at L’Oleandra (where are your manners George?). Basically real estate envy for about 20kms.Read more

  • Day14

    Argegno to Mennagio

    September 10, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Five bikes on the ferry necessitated a call to the Captain so we were able to get to Argegno. It was great to see the lakeside villas from the water.

    Villa Balbianello was spectacular - no wonder it featured in Casino Royale. Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo was very grand and is renowned for its gardens. Of course we were also on the lookout for George and Amals place - and contrary to popular belief, it is in Laglio, not Bellagio!Read more

  • Day14

    Bellagio Beckons

    September 10, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Winding cliff hugging roads, a couple of dark 2km tunnels and then a climb to the saddle of the peninsula before a descent to Bellagio.

    Sensibly avoided the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni for lunch as it would have broken the bank with the menu listing main courses at €80 and upwards.Read more

  • Day13

    Views from Varenna

    September 9, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Supposedly the jewel of Lake Como. But all the small towns clinging to the steep shoreline are lovely. Some more tourist oriented than others which are still just local communities.

  • Day13

    Novate Mezzola

    September 9, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Train up to the northern end of Lake Como to start our cycle down the Eastern shoreline. The route wound through small villages, past rocky beaches and small boat harbours.

  • Day12

    Leisurely Lecco

    September 8, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Train delays, missed connections so a later than expected arrival into Lecco. Fab Airbnb accommodation. Managed to fit in a ride around town and short 35km ride along the river cycleway.

    Lecco appears to be the favoured stop for the motorbikers who are doing a Lake Como loop. A 3 day Moto Guzzi Festival meant it was motorbike heaven!Read more