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Provincia di Chieti

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  • 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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  • Day12

    1648 - 1729 km Kurze Tour zum See

    May 8, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Am Vormittag wieder mit ADAC telefoniert. Am Abend gibt es mehr Informationen. Also zu zweit auf die Transalp und einen kleinen See in der Nähe besucht. Tolle kurvige kleine Strassen. Hätten wir doch beide Motorräder da! Im Supermarkt der nächsten größeren "Stadt" zum Grillen eingekauft. Komische Fleischspieße, komische Hähnchenkeulen und komische Hackfleischrollen. Bier und Wein, Kartoffeln und Gummibärchen. Zuhause dann den Grill angeschmissen und alles zubereitet. War doch leckerer als zunächst vermutet. Ketchup hat gefehlt. Dann mit dem ADAC telefoniert. Morgen bis Mittag gibt es Informationen. !?!Read more

  • Day10

    1430 - 1647 km Tivoli bis Colle Zingaro

    May 6, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Der Trocknungsgrad lag bei 85 % als wir nach einer herzlichen Verabschiedung im Nieselregen zu zweit auf der Transalp auf die Autobahn zur Ferienwohnung fuhren. Zunächst ungewohnt konnte ich mich recht zügig an die neue Maschine und die Zuladung gewöhnen. Wir spulten die km gut ab und nach ca. 100 km waren wir auch aus dem Regen heraus und es wurde einen Hauch wärmer. Wir meldeten uns bei der Vermieterin nach der Abfahrt von der Autobahn und den etwa 70 km zum Haus noch vor uns. Es gab ein paar schöne Kraftfahrstrassen und ein paar bessere Verbindungswege mit unzähligen Kurven. Einkaufen fürs Abendbrot konnten wir auch noch. Der Empfang war sehr herzlich und das Haus ist eine Wucht. Alles da und sehr gepflegt. Sogar Nudeln und selbstgemachte Tomatensoße standen bereit. Sehr schön. Morgen telefonieren wir wegen der BMW. Gute Nacht.Read more

  • Day17

    2448 - 2612 Einsiedelei + Passo Lanciano

    May 13, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Heute endlich mal einTag wie wir ihn uns gewünscht haben. Die Einsiedelei und der Pass war in den Garmin Navigationsgeräten eingetragen, das Wetter war schön und die Motorräder liefen. Über schöne kleine Strassen ging es zur Einsiedlei im Valle S. Martino. Über einen für Fahrzeuge gesperrten Schotterweg ging es in das Tal. Am ersten Rastplatz lies mich Katja zurück und ging noch den Rest des Weges zu den Ruinen. Aber auch ihr wurde es zu warm und wir gingen zurück zum Parkplatz. Von hier ging es dann ziemlich kurvig zum Pass. Dort angekommen mussten wir leider sehen, dass ein Ski-Gebiet im Sommer nicht so doll aussieht. Was solls, der Schinken und der Käse unserer Brotzeit waren gut. Es gab noch einen höher gelegenen Aussichtspunkt und obwohl wir zuerst zögerten, nahmen wir ihn doch noch in Angriff. Und es hat sich gelohnt. Auf 1850 m Höhe, an Schneeresten vorbei erreichten wir über den Wolken das Refugio. Mit lecker Cappuccino und Brioch. Fotos machen und den Blick in die Ebene durch die Wolkenlöcher genießen. Danach wieder in das Tal und auf leicht abgeänderter Strecke zurück zum Ferienhaus. Am Ende natürlich wieder ein paar Tropfen Regen.Read more

  • Day11

    Castle on the Hill

    May 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Collected our hire car in Sorrento and drove across the Appenino Mountains to Lopreto Aprutino. Despite the signs warning of snow, deer, moose and even a bear (really?) our trip was uneventful, apart from the terrible drivers. If you are doing 20km over the limit you need to be in the slow lane.
    The scenery on the way was superb; lots of villages perched on the side of the hills. It was just like a postcard.
    We are staying at Castello Chiola; which dates back to 846AD but now is converted to a magnificent hotel sitting over the village. Photos show the view from the castle, which we can see from our room.
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  • Day11

    Castle on the Hill part 2

    May 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    More castle photos. Our room is huge! We have our own private sitting area outside of the room, as if we needed more chairs to sit on.
    There are also photos of the atrium dining room, whose roof is the full four stories of the castle.

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Provincia di Chieti, Chieti

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