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    • Day 76

      Castel Gandolfo 🚐

      November 12, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Nachdem wir eine lange Fahrt hinter uns hatten, haben wir einen Stellplatz gefunden. Die Fahrt ging nämlich darunter und drüber.
      Nach dem losfahren ging das Amaturenbrett von Erna nicht mehr und die Batterie hat geleuchtet.
      Nachdem wir mit Papa telefoniert hatten, haben wir am Straßenrand angehalten und ich wollte nach der Batterie schauen. Sofort haben 2 Männer angehalten und haben uns geholfen. Sie haben uns in die nächste Werkstatt gebracht. Dort hat ein Mann die Batterie überprüft und er meinte es ist alles gut. Wir sind noch zu einer weiteren Werkstatt gefahren und die Männer meinten unsere Lichtmaschine ist kaputt.
      Nach ein paar Minuten haben wir uns jedoch entschieden weiter zu fahren. Es war uns einfach zu unseriös.
      Wir sind noch 3,5 Stunden weiter gefahren und haben einen schönen und ruhigen Stellplatz gefunden.
      Zum Abendessen gab es Nudelsuppe und Nudeln mit Gemüsesoße. ☺️
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    • Day 8

      Castel Gandolfo - Palazzo

      September 18, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Heute ging es auf zur Sommerresidenz des Papstes da er sie momentan nicht verwendet ist sie für Besucher geöffnet und kann besichtigt werden. So sind wir mit dem Uber Taxi hingefahren sie liegt ca. 23 kam außerhalb von Rom. Zunächst ging es zum Palazzo dem wir besichtigen.Read more

    • Day 8

      Castel Gandolfo - Gärten

      September 18, 2021 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Nach einer kleinen Pause ging es dann in einem kleinem Privaten Golfcar durch die Wunderbaren Gärten die wesentlich größer sind als die im Vatikan 🇻🇦. Sie sind wirklich sehr schön und nur jedem zu empfehlen.Read more

    • Von Rom nach Castel Gandolfo

      October 10, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Wir verlassen unsere Unterkunft gegen 7:00 Uhr und laufen direkt zum Petersdom. Dort holen wir uns den Pilgerstempel in der Basilika. Es ist wunderbar leer und besinnlich.
      Von dort aus geht es Richtung Süden. Aus dem Zentrum von Rom laufen wir über die Via Appia Antica viele Kilometer auf Basalt.
      Aus den angeblichen 26,5 km werden dann doch 31,5 km, die mit einem Anstieg auf den letzten ca. 5 Kilometern enden.
      Wir kommen gegen 16 Uhr recht erschöpft an in einem sehr kleinen süßen Städtchen.
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      Shit hat wohl teilweise geregnet. Aber sehr schöne Landschaft. Und nicht viele Leute😊


      Das stimmt. Sind fast den ganzen Tag alleine unterwegs. Heute fing es auch mit Regen an, jetzt ist aber die Sonne rausgekommen. Hoffentlich bleibt das so.


      I cross my fingers

    • Day 5

      Auf nach Neapel

      July 10, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Rom war uns für einen weiteren Tag Stadtrundfahrt doch zu heiß. Deshalb beschlossen wir, den Besuch von Pompeji und Vesuv um einen Tag vorzuziehen.

      Nach einem Besuch des Nemi-Museums im Süden von Rom ging es gegen Mittag weiter. 17 Uhr erreichen wir schließlich einen Badeort eine halbe Stunde südlich von Pompeji.Read more

    • Day 66

      Contemporary 'Cowboys'

      November 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      A slightly frantic start as we jumped on to the train to Castel Gandolfo (where we were to meet our guide) with just 5 minutes to spare. However, sitting idly 5 minutes after the train was supposed to leave, we realized that Radi's instinct to head up to the front carriages had been right. The train had left without us (note: we weren't the only ones caught out). Oops. We managed to sort a slightly later train to Frascati for an alternative meeting point. Phew. Train runs parallel to an old Roman aqueduct for a while - cool.

      Matteo met us there and drove us around, explaining as he went. Saw some beautiful mountainside villages and lakes (formed from the caldera of an ice age volcano).

      Stopped at a "bar" (cafe where you generally stand at the counter to eat and drink). Had an espresso and americano and wild strawberry custard tarts. Delicious. Like so so so good. Custard was light and soft and the strawberries were small, tart and sweet.

      Arrived at the farm and had a slice or two of plain pizza bianca (olive oil) and pizza rossa (tomato sauce).

      Met Alberto (the horse whisperer) who explained the philosophy of what they did with their work on the farm. The horses at the farm are rescues (horses that are seen to have 'outlived their use' by their previous owners and sent off for slaughter). Was incredibly sad hearing some of the stories of the rescues, and the hard isolated lives they'd lived before.

      They slowly rehabilitate the horses, and help them readjust to being a horse again (vs a worker). The horses are integrated back into clans (very important with them being social creatures). Learning about clan dynamics was really interesting - and not at all we'd thought.

      They also involve adults with disabilities to help around the farm, to provide a different experience from what can otherwise be a monotonous life stuck at home for them (government funding to the families cuts off at 18).

      We started by going out and meeting the herd, as Alberto pointed out the body language of the horses and what they were communicating. Was really interesting having the experience on the horses' time, not ours. We stood still chatting, and various horses would come up to meet us (or ignore us as they chose). Frida, a 3 year old sweet tempered horse that was born on their farm, was the first to do so. They were so beautiful and gentle.

      A fence needed mended (to protect the neighbour's broccoli) so we pitched in and left it looking in better shape. Then we stopped for lunch - home made meal of mushroom pasta, scarola with onions and grapes, red and white wine, more plain pizza, bread and apple pie & coffee. Delicious.

      After lunch we sat in the sun and chatted while having some dog cuddles and then got suited up for riding (helmet and boots). Alberto led Wade on Cheyenne and Matteo led Radi on Frida.

      Rode through a forest and saw a couple of wild bulls... bit scary. Further along we saw some 'wild' horses (in the sense that their owner simply lets them roam everywhere as it doesn't matter if one or two get eaten by wolves as they're only getting raised for meat anyway... depressing). Apparently some south Italians eat horse meat as a delicacy so there's a fair amount of mistreatment of animals and other sad things.

      Crossed a mole field and saw another forest that will be felled next week (sad face). Definitely liking NZ's laws and attitudes towards nature reserves! The woods were so beautiful and peaceful. The horse ride, magical.

      Once we arrived back, had a cup of tea and a few more cheeky slices of apple pie and plain pizza, then it was to the Castel Gondolfo station to successfully catch the train this time. Chatted to a very entertaining lady from Texas and her friend from Rome. Had a good chat about travel and food.

      At the station we said our goodbyes and went around the corner to Mercato Centrale. It's a food court where the best chefs in Rome were invited to have little shops. Was trendy and more importantly delicious (while being reasonable). Tonight was its first birthday so there were free samples and free wine. 

      Tried some pasta, red wine and arancini (deep fried risotto balls). And purchased and ate some margarita pizza, a big arancino and some tiramisù. Tiramisù aside (very average) it was all really good. Then home to pack!

      Overall we would really recommend the horses experience (called Contemporary Buttero), and it was great getting out of the city even for a day. Was good to see and hear about real life in the country. And we will certainly keep what we learned and experienced in mind when we next interact with or see horses. Was seriously an incredible experience.
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    • Day 1


      November 24, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      la fraschetta di sora Ines
      porchetta pessima, grassa di sola pancetta.
      vino appena passabile
      carciofo duro.
      primo strozzapreti alla Ines, non dono strozzapreti, sugo poco entusiasmante, mozzarella semplicemente buttata sulla pasta.
      Ah, personale molto sbrigativo.
      può bastare così.
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    • Day 8

      Castel Gandolfo - Palazzo Teil 2

      September 18, 2021 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Neben den Fahrzeugen und der Traumhaften Aussicht gab es viel Informationen über die Vergangenen Päpste. Aber auch die Wohnräume und Arbeitsräume konnten besichtigt werden.

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