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Piedmont

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  • Day187

    Bye bye Meer und Heimkehrvorbereitung

    March 16 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Im vergangenen halben Jahr führte uns unsere Reiseroute eigentlich im am Meer entlang, sei es der Atlantik oder das Mittelmeer. Heute war es dann soweit sich von Meer erstmal zu verabschieden.

    Und wo könnte man besser Tschüss sagen als in der italienischen Hafenstadt Genua. Freudolin ließen wir wie üblich auf einem gratis Park4night-Platz in einer engen Parklücke zurück und gingen zu Fuß in das historische Zentrum.

    Genua hat wirklich sehr viele schöne Plätze, Häuser, Gässchen und Kirchen. Bei all den Prunkbauten kann man sich gut vorstellen, dass die Stadt jahrhundertelang eine zentrale Rolle im Seehandel gespielt hat.

    Da man sich ja nicht mit nüchternem Magen verabschieden kann, suchten wir mal wieder ein Sushi-restaurant auf. Die gibt es hier gefühlt an jeder Ecke. So gingen wir gut gestärkt zum Hafen und wunderten uns kurz über die Freilufteisbahn und die darauf befindlichen Schlittschuhläufer bei guten 20°C Außentemperatur. Ob das energetisch sinnvoll ist? Naja.

    Und jetzt ging es ein letztes mal zum Meer. Noch ein Abschiedsbild und dann kehrten wir ihm schon den Rücken und fuhren nordwärts ins Landesinnere. Wäre da nur nicht diese enge Parklücke. Nach guten 20-mal rangieren und unter Mithilfe einiger Passanten gab uns die Lücke dann frei.

    Jetzt stehen wir auf einem idyllischen Plätzchen irgendwo im nirgendwo neben einem anderen Camper aus Ravensburg.

    Meer wir versprechen dir, wir kommen zurück.

    Tag 188: In der Nacht hat es ordentlich geregnet und gestürmt, somit war das Wetter heute morgen auch nicht so einladend.

    Deshalb entschieden wir uns heute unsere anstehende Heimkehr vorzubereiten. Natürlich mussten wir uns auf den neusten Stand bzgl. aktuellem Weltgeschehen bringen.

    Und so blieb uns nichts anderes übrig als die aktuelle Staffel GNTM nachzuholen. Wir ließen das Datenvolumen glühen und machten es uns gemütlich. Ja die Reiseluft ist ein bisschen raus.

    Jetzt wissen wir zumindest was gerade in der Welt der Mode vor sich geht und wie ein Friseurbesuch dein Leben verändern kann.
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  • Day3

    Tag 1

    May 11, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Heute war unser erster richtiger Tag im Urlaub.
    Nach einem gemütlichen Frühstück mit Jonas und Marina, sind wir wandern gegangen. Die Wanderung war sehr schön, auf einem Rundweg durchs "Vale di Cannobio". Es ging an einem Fluss entlang bis zu einer 27 Meter hohen Brücke (selbst nachgemessen).
    Dann hat es angefangen zu regnen und wir haben einen Spielenachmittag bei uns im Bus gemacht. Abends gabs dann Geschnätzeltes.
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  • Day69

    Alessandria

    September 20, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    A 3 hour trip ( no autostrada for me) for the 200 odd kms to Alessandria. Once you leave the Aosta Valley, and head into the province of Piedmont, the country side really does start to flatten out. Piedmont literally means at the foot (pied) of the mountain (mont). Look at that, a free linguistics lesson ✏. Not too much to say about the road except that there are a lot of rice fields in this part of Italy. I stopped off in Casale Monferrato which is the area Dad was born and sent a pic to my mom and sister while I was there.

    Alessandria, again, is a typical Italian regional city with great architecture. Fun to walk around for the afternoon after booking into a very nice, for the price, hotel with safe and secure underground parking for the bike. Europeans, including Italians, are generous and very friendly people but there is a percentage of the population that would steal the skin off 5 day old milk. But then again you can say that about every country!!!!!!! Why are there two sinks in the hotel bathroom? The second one is so low to the ground it's very hard to use!!!!

    I did say I was going to fast for at least 24 hours before eatng solidly for the 5/6 days of staying with relatives. The hot chocolate and pannini was too much of a temptation.

    Right, next stop will be 5 days of talking, eating, sleeping, eating, sightseeing, eating, and then to finish off...more eating.

    Asti here I come (ohh, and my relatives don't even know I'm in the country let alone that I'm going to visit and stay for a while. They will be (pleasantly?) surprised 😲
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  • Day70

    Asti - staying with cugini

    September 21, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Thats staying with "cousins". There, "now you learnt some Italian".

    Pio and Idelma had no idea I was going to turn up on their door-step. My sister had given them call in the week prior to make sure they were home (they have a place in the mountains they spend a quite a bit of time at). They have quite a large house with a bell at the front gate. I rang the bell and when Pio appeared at the top of the steps I asked him if he knew who I was (we had only ever met once 10 years ago when Anne and I stayed a couple of nights). He looked a bit taken back (I'm dressed in my bike gear and haven't had a shave for a while) and I could see he was trying to make up his mind on what to do - two choices. 1. just turn around go back inside and pretend the bell had never rung (and maybe call the police - Pio and Idelma are at least in their late 70's), or 2. Ask who I was. Before he got any more concerned I let him know,. It took maybe 15 or 20 seconds to register, but then he just ran back inside telling Idelma the "Australian is here", leaving me still outside the gate. I'm still not sure they knew what I wsx doing there, just kept saying "motociclo" and shaking their heads.

    These really are friendly and sprightly people. I stayed for 2 nights and in that time they wouldn't let me do a thing. No helping in the kitchen, no cleaning up the table, did my washing - the lot. Pio drove me around sightseeing both days including to Ottiglio, the town where my mum comes from. Asti city is beautiful and the country-side (and wines) are a match for anything you will find in Tuscany. There were still grapes on the vine waiting to be harvested. Pio, like all Italians, is an interesting driver. Apart from the car (Fiat Punto - what else) he also rides a scooter. I'm not sure my heart could stand the stress of watching him on the scooter in traffic.

    Again, it's a pity I wasn't partaking in wine drinking as I was offered about 2 dozen times over the couse of 2 days. The last time they had any tea in the house was 10 years ago so we had to make a dash to the local shops. Pio is a retired restaurant owner so the meals were something special.

    Pio is an avid hunter and in many parts of Europe you will see hunters walking around country roads with rifles and shotguns slung over their shoulders - including Pio. He hunts 2 or 3 times a week, depending on the season, with the speciality being wild bore. He took me to the area's "club house" where after a weekends shoot 10 or 25 huntets will gather to cook eat and drink. This place has its own cold room butchery and and commercial stoves etc.

    It was a great stay for a couple days and without me really being part of it, it was organised that I go and stay with some other cousins, in Turin, for 3 nights. My journy was being planned for me but these people are relatives and too nice to refuse. Anyway I was getting used to being looked after hand and foot.

    Next stop Turin.
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  • Day74

    Turin - more cugini !!!

    September 25, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Three days visiting and staying with some more cousins. Again I couldn't ask for more and probably should of insisted on less. I ate like there was no tomorrow (you csnt say the word "no" while your mouth is full of food). Ate at home the first night then with the two dsughters' families for dinner on the following nights. I had to put in some pics.

    Turin is a pretty spectacular city and I spent 3 days being driven around sight-seeing (only stopping to eat). There is an amazing Basilica, on a mountain behind Turin, called "Superga" (last pic below). Frederick (who is at least 25 years older than me) beat up the 160 odd winding stairs to the top for a great view of the city and the surrounding area. Also went an saw a hunting lodge (Stupinigi) that had been built by the Royal House of Savoy about 200 years ago. The Royals sure knew how to live.

    Ladtly a pic of a vehicle thst I'm not sure how to describe. A motorbike with four wheels? It only has room for the driver, smallest car I've ever seen.

    Time to leave and try and loose the 3 4 kilos I put on in the last 5 days.

    Off to the port city of Genoa.
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  • Day25

    Sarnen to Lago Maggiore

    July 9, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    There's something special about waking up to the sound of cow bells "clinging" 😊. This has been the case the last 2 days having stayed with Dani and Armando.

    After breakfast, we headed towards Italy and Lake Maggiore.

    The Italians are awesome. Feels like Africa in Europe. Nothing is a stress, but everything works ...in a fashion anyway 😊

    As we crossed the border between Switzerland and Italy, the roads got bumpier and more uneven, but were still usable. At times they narrowed to a single lane and I had to breath in so that we could get past another car in one piece.. But all good in the end, we made it to Hotel Restaurant Lago Maggiore in Lesa, on the lake.

    Tomorrow we'll be exploring more of the Italian countryside .... and popping back across the border into Switzerland, before spending another night in Italy.
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  • Day29

    Sparziergang durch Turin

    September 18, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Es hat richtig Spaß gemacht Turin ohne Plan und Ziel zu entdecken. So kommt man meistens in die schönsten Ecken! Ich habe noch in keiner Stadt so viele Rundbögen gesehen. Und so tolle Innenhöfe.

  • Day330

    Day 331: Vineyards of Piedmont

    January 11, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Our wedding anniversary today! Out fairly early to pick up a rental car from the south of Turin, then drove southwards into the hills. These areas are some of the world's oldest known wine-growing areas, and have been cultivated since at least 500 BC.

    We drove around a bit through a few different areas, but aside from vineyards and modern farmhouses there wasn't much to see. Found an old stone tower so we clambered up a muddy hill to check it out; nice view but we both got quite muddy shoes! Very sticky, claggy mud.

    Drove into one of the towns and managed to find an open cafe where we had some pizza slices for lunch - very tasty as always. Briefly visited the outside of a 13th century castle that was built by the local wine-maker baron to protect his crops. Closed for the winter of course!

    This area is home to some well known varieties of wine including Barbera, Barolo, Asti-Spumanti, and San Barrosco. But given the season, all the vines were brown and barren - nothing had started growing yet obviously.

    Final stop was the town of Barolo where literally everything was closed and there wasn't another soul in sight. I can imagine during the summer months it's a super popular spot on the European wine-tasting circuit, but for us on a cold winter's afternoon there was basically nothing to see.

    Disappointed, we drove back to Turin via the Palazzina del Stupigini - one of the royal villas constructed by the rulers of Turin on the outskirts of the city for their hunting trips. It was part of the WHS we'd be visiting tomorrow, so we stopped and filmed, though again it was closed and we couldn't see much from a distance.

    Dropped the car off again after a bit of difficulty filling up - the car rental place had given me a 3/4 tank and just said "fill it back to that point". So I put 10 euros in and the needle didn't move. Another 20 euros and it went from just under half to completely full. So I probably wasted 10 euros. Frustrating! And the drive wasn't the easiest either - Italians are awful, reckless, aggressive and unpredictable drivers.

    Got the tram back home where we stayed for the rest of the day. Nothing special for our anniversary, just some home-cooked pasta and a bottle of spumanti (Italian sparkling). We were both tired and grumpy with each other, particularly after a disappointing WHS and the stress of being in the car all day. Start all over tomorrow I guess!
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  • Day19

    Farewell Paris

    January 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Today we had to pack up and catch a train to Turin, Italy. Once again lugged our luggage on and through the metro. Boarded the train at 10.40 for a 6 hour train trip. We decided to go first class for this leg of the trip. A bit more leg room and for the scenery. First hour was heavy fog but then it did clear for the rest of the way. It was funny because we packed our lunch and took our drinks. We are just having a stop over as it's too long of a trip to Florence in one day. While waiting at the train station I was taking photos of the Christmas decorations and the military accidentally photobombed. The
    police boarded the train in a town in France and checked our passports. In 2013 not once did we have our passports checked. David our tour guide said they have tightened up the border security and since then there haven't been any attacks. Before you could go anywhere in Europe without being checked. Whilst there were a lot more police, military & security checks not once did we feel unsafe. It's just a different world we live in now. When we got off the train it was nice not to get that instant brain freeze. It's cold but not like Paris was. Meant to be the coldest winter for 2 hundred years. Would like to visit Europe when it's normal weather. We found a restaurant for tea and we all had pizza, which was really nice for Italian pizza. Dave order a dessert that he saw on the next table. A cake filled with cherries and custard. The guy bought 4 forks over he must have known we would all try it. Brodie and Kellie dived into it and it was laced with rum. It was so funny, it made the waiters night- they couldn't stop laughing.
    He bought a little bit of cake over without the rum for them try. We could have done with that in Paris to warm us up. Brodie has been a bit giggly after his mouthful.
    We had nice night out, with Kellie taking us a shorter way home except she missed the street and ended up being longer way home.

    Overview of Paris:
    We found Paris a lot more expensive than Amsterdam and Germany. Really miss the street food we tried from both places. Street food in Paris is just to rip the tourists off.
    Didn't like dodging dog poo all the time and all the little streams from the building walls.
    Where we stayed in 2013 the streets were pristine clean, but where we stayed I thought the streets were dirty. David our tour guide said it was a posh area. Too posh to clean up after their dogs.

    Photo 1 - My photo bombers
    Photo 2 - Our first class lunch
    Photo 3 & 4 - Scenery on the way
    Photo 5 - Birthday tea
    Photo 6 - Baba cake
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  • Day331

    Day 332: Royal Palaces of Savoy

    January 12, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Back out into Turin today, checking out the Royal Palaces of the House of Savoy. The House of Savoy is one of Europe's oldest aristocratic families, having first risen to power in France in the 11th century - it lasted until 1946! I assume the family is still around, but I don't think they control anything anymore.

    Despite being French and ruling over south-eastern France, western Switzerland, and north-western Italy, they moved their capital to Turin in the mid-17th century and began a big construction program. They built a large royal palace and several other smaller palaces befitting of their capital, most of which survive today.

    We'd seen most of them a couple of days ago, so today we just wandered around and filmed in a leisurely fashion. It was quite nice to already know what we were up against, and I didn't need to do extra research as that had been covered! I could just show up, remember what I wanted to film, and go. All up it only took us a couple of hours.

    More pizza slices for lunch at a trendy place, though we also had some delicious arancini balls too. Did some shopping in the afternoon where I bought a couple of new pairs of jeans - the ones I'd bought in Krakow in October had already worn out!! Hoping I get a bit longer out of these ones.

    Back home where we relaxed for the rest of the afternoon/evening. Pasta for dinner as usual!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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