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  • Day4

    Day 4 - Quaint Village Utopia

    August 7 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Woke up to the news that Belgium was now on the UK’s quarantine list. We made the right choice in deciding against visiting Ypres & Waterloo. Not so clever was the news that France has suffered a major surge in Covid cases, I just hope this doesn’t affect our entry into Greece!

    Worse news still for Jackie was that for 10 minutes she couldn’t find her hair straighteners & thought she had left them in the last hotel. She was virtually hyperventilating until she eventually found them at the bottom of her rucksack. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’m sure Jackie would have preferred to have lost her finger that her straighteners!

    With the crisis over, we went to breakfast. Mamma was waiting for us with a table laden with so much delicious plates of food. We weren’t allowed to help ourselves, but instead we pointed to things & Mamma piled our plates up. We started with a savoury plate of frittata, omelette, tomato & mozzarella, ham & cheeses. The 2nd plate of food consisted of sweet dishes including 3 baked peaches topped with amaretto & chocolate, blackcurrant tart, orange tart, cheesecake & assorted pastries. It was absolutely delicious & amongst the best breakfasts we’ve ever had. The son insisted on giving us special attention & on at least 3 occasions he told me I was too slim. Just reporting the facts!

    Feeling a bit sick, we waddled out & back at the room, Jackie changed her finger dressing, whilst I felt a little bit queasy. I managed to photo her wound without actually looking at it.

    We packed up the car, said goodbye to our wonderful hosts who gave us a free bag of hazelnuts. We then set off to visit some villages that they had recommended for us. The first stop was La Morra which was perched atop a hill surrounded by vines with the Alps as a backdrop. The bell tower dating back to the early 1700s soars above the town. We chose to just cruise through the village & photo it from scenic vantage points.

    Next stop was Barolo, which again was surrounded by vineyards & arguably produces the best wines in Italy. I have certainly heard of them. We parked up & took a stroll through the ancient streets to the castle & back. It was relatively quiet, presumably a consequence of Covid, because apparently it is normally heaving with wine tourists.

    We then drove on to Serralunga d’Alba perched upon another hill with it’s own bell tower. We abandoned our car & walked to a lookout point over the surrounding valleys. It was at this point Jackie informed me she was feeling nauseous & could be sick any moment.

    We sorted out a sick bag then headed off to our final stop, Grinzane Cavour, which stood atop another hill, but seemed slightly run down. We drove through then set off for our next overnight stay.

    I should add that this region around Alba is very pleasing on the eye, no, just stunning. It is rolling hills & dipping valleys of vineyards & fields of hazelnut trees. A two or three day trip would do it more justice, particularly when you need to incorporate wine tasting. I also noted that there was a Bar to Bar mountain biking route which would have been right up our street. We could have stayed longer, but the plan is for us to try & get to Greece before they go into lockdown or the borders are closed to us.

    With the SatNav programmed to avoid tolls we headed for Bologna, with windows closed & the aircon on to help Jackie’s nausea, but burning up our fuel! We drove through Asti, famous for it’s Spumante, sparkling sweet, but low alcohol wine. We didn’t stop to buy any.

    Our route then took us through Alessandria, Casteggio, Piacenza, Parma, Modena, skirted around Bologna, then through Madonna to our beautiful B&B for the night. Somewhere along the route we stopped at a McDonald’s for an iced coffee. They didn’t do anything of the sort, so we settled for a milk shake & most importantly Jackie got to use the loo.

    We are staying at B&B H6LE which is situated overlooking a lake on the Casalunga Golf Resort. We were met by Sylvia, the owner who showed us to our ‘exceptional’ room. It has an ultra modern bathroom & the snazziest shower I have ever seen.

    I was keen to go out for a Bolognese (Ragu) based meal as I’ve always said “when in Rome........ Unfortunately, Jackie didn’t fancy anything, so apparently nor did I. Instead we sat on our patio overlooking the lake & made do with peanuts, cheesy watsits, Italian style & our 2 remaining bottles of red.

    During the evening, the lovely Sylvia put her head over the balcony and asked us if we wanted a gin & tonic, but we stupidly declined her offer, because we had already opened our wine. Schoolboy error!

    Medical Update: Jackie changed her bandage & her finger is getting better.

    Song of the Day : C’est La Vie by The Stereophonics.
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  • Day4

    Tag 4 Rifugio Gattascosa - San Lorenzo

    September 9 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Heute um 7:30 Uhr gab es Frühstück in der SAC Hütte in Italien. Wir liefen von der SAC Hütte bis nach San Lorenzo 2h 30min runter. Dort gab es Mittagessen. Brot, Fleisch und Käse.
    Nach den Mittagessen gingen wir mit dem Bus bis an den Lago Maggiore. Als wir ankommen, war Herr Wandfluh mit dem Bus und unseren Sachen noch nicht da. Wir sollten NUR die Füsse baden, aber es waren alle plätschnass und alle haben im Wasser um den Kranz geschwungen.
    Tomatenrisotto. Mhm.... war das ein feines Znacht. Spielabend mit den Kollegen das ist eine lustige Sache. Ab in den Schlafsack.
    Gina, Tanisha
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  • Day5

    Tag 5 Feriolo

    September 10 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Heute haben wir einmal ausgeschlafen. Es hat erst um 09.00 Uhr Frühstück gegeben, statt wie sonst um 07.15 Uhr.
    Vor dem Frühstück haben wir schon zusammen gespielt. Fussball, Volleyball, Beachball, Klettball,...
    Nach dem Abwasch haben wir dann Kubb gespielt, laut Schülern ein Seniorenspiel.
    Vor dem Mittag gab es schon die erste Abkühlung im See, anschliessend Zmittag mit Brot, Fleisch, Käse, Gemüse und Früchte. Nach dem Zmittag machten wir eine Schnitzeljagd, danach brauchten wir aber unbedingt wieder eine Abkühlung im See. Wir liefen zusammen im See bis da, wo der Fluss in den See mündet. Da konnten wir uns richtig austoben und machten eine Sand-Schlamm-Schlacht.
    Viele Camper hier wollten wissen, was wir für eine Gruppe sind und was wir machen. Sie begegneten uns durchs Band freundlich und bewunderten die jungen Leute für die zurückgelegten Kilometer.
    In der freien Zeit gingen viele nach Feriolo ins Dorf. Wir trafen uns dann zum Znacht, es gab Pizza in einem Restaurant. Unsere Kellnerin war sowieso schon hin und weg von den anständigen Schülern, aber noch mehr als ein Junge sich mit "Ciao Bella" verabschiedete.
    Auf die feine Pizza oben drauf gab es ein ebenso feines Gelato. Gesponsert von Herr Wandfluh.
    Nach dem Heimweg gingen alle ganz leise und (ich denke) zufrieden und müde ins Zelt. Gute Nacht!
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  • Day3

    Mission 1 - Colle delle Finestre

    September 9, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Im Roadbook steht über die erste Road Mission von Tag 3, dass es Offroad-Pisten gibt und man auf sich und das Fahrzeug aufpassen soll. Was uns erwartet, fordert uns echt raus: enge Straßen, steile Abhänge, Spitzkehren am Rande des Abgrunds - und Schotter! Aber wir meistern den Colle delle Finestre und sind megastolz! 💪😊 Danach erst mal ein Festmahl im Bergkiosk. Und Sophie entdeckt Ihre Leidenschaft fürs Aufklebersammeln! 😄Read more

  • Day2

    Stage 2: Ziel / Avigliana

    September 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    ...nach einer langen 6 stündigen fahrt, die Hälfte davon im Regen sind wir nun an unserem Ziel (Campingplatz) angekommen.

    Wenn das Wetter mitspielt befahren wir Morgen eine Offroad Bergpass > Colle delle Finestre 🙈🙊🙉Read more

  • Day2

    European5000: Lago Como - Lago Maggiore

    September 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    European5000 - Stage 2: Snowy start, sunny finish... the best is yet to come! #European5000 #TeamPetitBateau #Snowblocks #E38 #728 #Wekijkenuitnaarmeerzon #Onlystage2 🙈

  • Day2

    Das Tagesziel ist erreicht;)

    September 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute sind wir viel gefahren. Zuerst Richtung St. Moritz, aber wir mussten aufgrund von Schneefall und rutschiger Straßen umdrehen und wieder zurück Richtung Italien Richtung Merano. Von da dann weiter Richtung Bozen, Bergamo und dann weiter nach Alessandria zur ersten Rallye Party. Über die Hälfte des Tages hat es nur geregnet, nun ist es zum Glück trocken und das Wetter spielt endlich mit👌🏼😄Read more

  • Day26


    May 12, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Not a very exciting drive (a slow crawl beside the lake followed by many kilometres on a straight road across the Lombardy plain). Again we found a lovely place to stay. Big country house hotel, set in pretty gardens, with an excellent restaurant. And a theatrical barman giving us cocktails in the garden. Tomorrow we shall tour a little instead of driving the kilometres down.Read more

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