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Abruzzo

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  • Day215

    Steamy windows at Teramo, 7months away!

    January 27, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Today's travels took us to the border of the beautiful Gran Sasso National Park with its magnificent mountains. We rose to an altitude of 550m where the snow was very thick and was obviously still causing difficulties. Workers surveyed the area, large generators were hooked up to pylons and several homes had poles with makeshift flags flying, possibly marking them out as in need of support.

    We'd been away 7 months today and although we've had some difficulties with the van and adjusting to the nomadic lifestyle, we are in love with life on the road, the opportunities it brings for exploration, both of the world about us and of ourselves.

    Teramo's free stopover was a bit muddy and littered but it was bordered by grass for Poppy and had a gorgeous long reaching view over a church tower, the town and mountains beyond.

    We'd decided we would try and eat out on Friday lunch times if we could and so started in to town to find a Trattoria. Cafés closest to the van were a bit down market with a tendency towards packaged fast foods. The streets were dirty with grit and run-off from the waterlogged land. It was difficult to walk because sections of pavements (where it existed) were still covered in snow and the zebra crossings, they were so faded that drivers couldn't see them clearly.

    We persisted through the stone archway into the Centro Storico and found a pretty church square bathed in warm sunshine and surrounded by cafès with outdoor tables. Few displayed menus and those that did didn't seem to show local dishes so we carried on and found a small restaurant hidden up a side street. It had a menu of traditional dishes and was just the place we were after. We ordered Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, a regional red, Arrosticini (small pieces of lamb skewered and flame grilled) and Chitarra alla Teramo (that turned out to be polenta and sausage served on a rectangular wooden plate). The accent here is difficult to understand and it was a challenge to know what the waiter was saying, but we muddled along and ended up having a fruits of the forest and a chocolate gateaux deserts rounded up by coffee and limoncellos. We came away very happy!

    Later that evening a car pulled up alongside us. The couple got into the back seat and started kissing. We'd noticed several discarded condoms among the litter earlier and looking around the car park we saw a few other cars had parked up amongst the vans. A number of them had steamy windows, which led us to the incontrovertible conclusion that our overnight spot was also used for other purposes. We put some music on and it may, or may not have been coincidence that Meatloaf's 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' came on...
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  • Day215

    Chieti

    January 27, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 2 °C

    Chieti, a hilltop town with reputedly stunning mountain views was our next destination. We had the choice of dropping down to the coast road or taking the smaller but more direct mountain road via Penne. The high altitude vistas had been amazing so we decided to go for the latter, with the proviso that if driving got too difficult we'd turn back.

    The snow grew in depth as we rose in height but the road itself was clear and ice free. The mountains around us looked incredible in the true sense of the word. Everything was going well until about half an hour into the drive when we reached a village and a wall of snow blocking the route ahead. Because it was a minor road, this was the extent to which snow ploughs had cleared. Luckily we were able to turn in a small piazza and make our way back to Teramo to take the coast road. We wonder what it must be like for those living in remote dwellings where the roads haven't been cleared.

    Arriving at Chieti we were once again blessed with a beautiful far reaching view over the Gran Sasso mountains as well as the smaller Maiella range and the flat valley below. Sadly the sights were shrouded in a thick haze of bluish grey air pollution, blotting out details so effectively that the mountains appeared only in silhouette. There have been increased amounts of dumped rubbish as our journey into Italy has progressed and this area was no exception.

    Chieti marked the furthest point south we've ever driven. We were looking forward to discovering the changes in climate, flora, fauna and ways of life that were ahead.

    Rays of gentle morning sunlight shone on the mountains, revealing their detail to ys the following day. Before leaving we hiked up through the steep streets of the town to a viewpoint from where you could see both mountain ranges. We'd been able to see the more southerly Maiellas from the van and they had appeared huge, but they were looked almost insignificant when seen alongside the Gran Sasso massif. It rose to over 2000m above sea level and its snowy peaks took on rather a surreal appearance, almost as if they had been painted onto the landscape.
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  • Day214

    Sant'Egidio alla Vibrata

    January 26, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Although hairy at times, the drive to tonight's stopover, just south of Ascoli Piceno was stunning! Snow was banked high at the sides of the road, narrowing the lanes, it was sometimes impossible to avoid collisions with overhanging branches but the untouched sparkling snow beyond seemed to go on forever, adding a light to the landscape.

    It was with some relief when after an hour and a half we turned on to a straight wide dual carriageway, but it was back to 'white knuckle time' not long afterward as the sat nav directed us up the side of a high hill. Not only did we need to navigate steep switchback bends with reduced lane width due to the snow, but we needed to dodge deep holes in the road and avoid areas where it had subsided, some of which were fenced off for safety!

    Sant'Egidio alla Vibrata stopover had advertised itself as being in the countryside but it turned out to be a car park in an industrial estate. To give it its due it did have views of mountains over the top of the factories but it wasn't quite what we'd had in mind! We could have carried on but Vicky was knackered by the drive and had touched wing mirrors with an oncoming lorry towards the end so we decided to stay put.

    After all the 'Sexy Shop' advertisements we'd seen we were a little dubious of the large pink 'Fantasy World' building nearby. It was only when children started turning up at around 7pm that we realised it was a kids' party venue!
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  • Day3

    Showing my childhood hills to my husband

    September 24 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Here further up the mountain slope
    Than there was every any hope,
    My father built, enclosed a spring,
    Strung chains of wall round everything,
    Subdued the growth of earth to grass,
    And brought our various lives to pass.
    A dozen girls and boys we were.
    The mountain seemed to like the stir,
    And made of us a little while-
    With always something in her smile.
    Today she wouldn't know our name.
    (No girl's, of course, has stayed the same.)
    The mountain pushed us off her knees.
    And now her lap is full of trees.

    R. Frost – The Birthplace
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  • Day3

    Walking through some Teramo's churches

    September 24 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    This afternoon we took a walk in the historical center of Teramo, my hometown. I took the chance to show Sujit some of the most characteristic religious sites of the city.

    • Duomo of Teramo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta)
    • Chiesa di Sant’Anna (inside)
    • Chiesa di Santa Caterina
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  • Day12

    12. Tag: Vico Equense & Gran Sasso

    June 14 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Nachdem wir noch jeder ca. 20 Moskitostiche gesammelt haben, rödelten wir unser Zeug zusammen und verabschiedeten uns bei unseren netten Nachbarn auf Zeit: den Belgiern & Holländern - und natürlich Francesco, dem Campingwart.
    Da schon jetzt eine Bullenhitze herrschte (beim Vorbeifahren an Neapel 43 Grad!) , entschieden wir uns auch wegen 🐶 dazu, keinen Abstecher mehr zu machen sondern auf dem direkten Weg zum Gran Sasso zu fahren.
    Die Besichtigung von Napoli, Ercolano und Pompeij sowie die weitere Erkundung der Amalfi-Küste und natürlich die Erkundung des „Pfades der Götter“ (der muss wirklich grandios sein!) verschieben wir auf ein anderes Mal.
    Nach hunderten von abenteuerlichen Kurven erreichten wir abends dann Gran Sasso und entschieden uns dafür, erstmalig „wild“ zu campieren - sehr spannend.
    Wir waren allein auf einem riesigen Parkplatz unterhalb der Seilbahn und hatten eine phänomenale Aussicht und Ruhe - toll!

    Tagesleistung: Schwamm drüber - Fahrtag
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  • Day4

    Réveil à Bari

    August 7 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Après une traversée de l'Italie par la côte Adriatique, nous voici à Bari, un stop obligatoire pour passer quelques jours dans les Pouilles.
    Un café, un train et direction la voiture de location !

  • Day19

    Il Castello di Roccascalegna

    April 19 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Atop a steep stony crag in the foothills of the Apennines sits a castle, parts of which have been there since the 11th century.

    The vile Baron Corvo de Corvis ruled the land in the 1500s and enacted a law that entitled him to bed local brides on their wedding nights, thus making the most of his lordly rights by stealing their virginity in accordance with “Jus primae noctis” custom. Well, Karma got the best of him when one night he was stabbed to death by a particularly feminist donna.

    Our tour of the castle was most interesting with each room providing some description of what went on there back in the day. The most disturbing room was the torture chamber where various devices, such as a rack used to stretch wrongdoers until their joints dislocated, and a tall, thin wooden pyramid upon whose point witches or females possessed by demons were sat and ……uhmmm.....penetrated......as gravity took over. Ugh!

    The views from the castle were outstanding, but anyone visiting should wear shoes that are suited for climbing.

    Check out the amazing drone footage on this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/ogu-3lqOA0E
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  • Day17

    Ciao, Puglia

    April 17 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    After leaving our trullo in Alberobello, we turned in La Grande Orange at the airport in Brindisi and then caught a train to Pescara, where we spent our first night in Abruzzo.
    We had pizza at Pizzeria Gluten Free (yes, that's really the name), where they serve nothing but gluten free products. I’ve eaten a lot of GF pizzas and have tried making my own dough at home, with varying degrees of success, but never have I ever had one whose crust was indistinguishable from a regular wheat flour dough. That is, until today. They used a variety of different GF flours in the mix to produce a crust that was crispy, yet whose rim was filled with air pockets and would spring back when squeezed. Quite amazing.

    After dinner we turned in and, in the morning, made our way to the airport to pick up yet another rental car. Once again, Brenda’s desire to drive around Italy in a Fiat 500 was foiled when we were upgraded to a Lancia Ypsilon. Surprisingly, the Italian car has a lot less pep than the Citroen we had in Puglia – I would have thought Lancia, with it’s racing heritage would have been the sportier drive, but such is not the case. I guess I’ll just have to wait for some kind rental car clerk to upgrade me to a Ferrari or Lambo.

    Speaking of which, I see more Italian supercars in Vancouver in one day than I’ve seen in Italy in eighteen days. In fact, the only high-end wheels I’ve seen was a Maserati SUV. Go figure.

    Our next stop is a four day stay in San Vito Chietino, a small fishing village on the coast where we’ll be visiting with our friend Tash and her family. It is truly beautiful here, but the city is divided into an upper and a lower town.

    We rented a very nice Airbnb in the upper level and Tash resides, you guessed it, in the lower town. We had arranged to meet up with her and her sixteen-month-old son, Giorgio, yesterday afternoon and began walking down the main road with its many switchbacks and without any pedestrian sidewalks. Despite the lack of high-performance cars on the road, it seems like most Italians drive like they’re behind the wheel of an F-1 car. I’ll be driving along at twenty or thirty kms over the posted speed limit and cars whiz past me like I’m standing still. Worse yet, when I see them coming up on me in my rear-view mirror, I hold my breath and close my eyes as they always wait until the last possible second to move into the passing lane, missing my rear bumper by inches. Naturally, when driving on winding roads, they are always looking for the racing line, which places a pedestrian on a road with no sidewalks into very perilous position.

    Fortunately, after negotiating a couple of switchbacks, I spotted some stairs that seemed to give us a safer route into the lower town, which indeed they did.

    We spent the afternoon getting a guided tour of San Vito from Tash and then met up with her husband Alessandro in a little café where we had our first Aperol Spritz apperitivos and plates of local cookies, some made with almond flour that Brenda could eat.

    After drinks and a snack, we headed back to our accommodations, which seemed like an awfully long way up when viewed from the lower town. We nonetheless slowly climbed the hundred of stairs to the top, picked up some fruit and veggies at a local market and a couple of slices of pizza and focaccia for me and locked ourselves in for the night.

    Tomorrow, we’re excited to be having lunch at Alessandro’s restaurant, Insight Eatery!
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  • Day18

    I Trabocchi dei Abruzzo

    April 18 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    If Puglia is Italy's heel, Abruzzo is the lower calf. The landscape here is very rugged with steep cliffs, rolling hills and the snow-capped Apennine mountain range.

    But unique to this part of Italy are the numerous trabocchi that you find all along the Adriatic coastline.

    In the 18th century, Abruzzese fishermen devised an ingenious method to reap the fruits of the sea, even during bad weather. Using wood from the local Aleppo pine trees, they built massive wooden structures, on piers, a couple hundred meters from shore. From the shelters, two long poles, aptly called antennae, extend, and a net is strung between them. Using winches, the net is lowered into the water, which is at least six meters deep, and then promptly raised, hopefully filled with the catch of the day.

    Sadly, many of the trabocchi fell into disuse and disrepair over the years, but several were repaired and rebuilt using public funds, others have been converted into popular tourist attraction restaurants, and some still operate exactly as they did nearly two hundred years ago.

    In San Vito Chietino, where we were staying, they are so numerous, the area is labeled La Costa dei Trabocchi (The Trabocchi Coast)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Abruzzo, Abruzzen, Abruzze, Abruzos, أبروتسو, Abruçço, Абруца, Абруцо, els Abruços, Абруццо, Abbruzzu, Αμπρούτσο, Abruco, Los Abruzos, ابروتزو, Abruzzes, Abruço, Abruç, Â-pu-lû-tsó, אברוצו, आब्रुत्सो, Աբրուցո, Abrútsi, アブルッツォ州, აბრუცი, 아브루초 주, Aprutium, Abrusso, Abrucai, آبروتزو, ਆਬਰੂਤਸੋ, Abruzja, Abruss, صوبہ ابرززو, Abrutzu, Abruzzy, Abruci, แคว้นอาบรุซโซ, آبروزو, Abruso, 阿布魯佐, 阿布鲁佐

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