Jill Hill

Joined March 2018Living in: Sydney, Australia
  • Day30

    Good roads great places

    May 16 in France ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    A good ride today with two UNESCO World Heritage sites thrown in (both also on the route from Arles, one of the 4 great Santiago French pilgrim trails) - St-Guilherme-Le-Désert, a perfectly preserved medieval village in a spectacular gorge and Albi cathedral. Lovely. To Toulouse via the Millau viaduct which has always fascinated Ian. We made it! Now for a few days with our friends - and time out of the saddle.Read more

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  • Day28

    Perfume

    May 14 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    The memory of benzine in Monte Carlo (for Ian a trip along the famous road circuit) then to Grasse for me to pursue my perfume obsession. Which I did - saved a lot of money by spending some! Then to a charming bed and breakfast in the nearby village of Carnet. Where we had an enormous dinner!

  • Day27

    Where the other half hang out

    May 13 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    The Côte d’Azur. On some good local advice we did some hilly touring to very pretty hillside towns in the Asti area (of Asti Spumante fame) - then an exhilarating (terrifying) ride up and down through the gorges to the coast and a nice family run hotel on the beach front at Menton

  • Day26

    Lomardy

    May 12 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

  • Day25

    Lago di Garda, the Dolomites

    May 11 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Well, this is stunning. We find ourselves in Torbole. It’s extraordinarily beautiful. Character filled village, reflective lake, surrounded by mountains. The Dolomites. World Heritage stuff. It rather makes up for our extreme bike trip skipping through Austria. Which I do do want to revisit at leisure. Again, trying to keep ahead of the rain, we left Bavaria and headed into the Tyrol. Zipped along the motorway towards very impressive snow covered mountains along a long river valley, the river churning with snow melt. Kept going until the rain caught us.Read more

  • Day24

    Rosenheim - too many detours

    May 10 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    My faith in Google Maps took a beating today. I think we took a 50km detour through the woods to cover 11km. We were gunning it to avoid threatened rain. A long ride from Pilsen past signs all pointing to Munich (which we were trying to bypass) but eventually we finished up on the German Austria border at a friendly pub. Appropriately it was holding a dinner for the local Harley Davidson branch. Good hot food, served by happy hearty lasses in local Tyrolean costumes, and a comfortable bed.Read more

  • Day23

    Beer

    May 9 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    With rain forecast for the next few days, we decided to start west. Our destination is Toulouse, in time for the Eurovision/Australian election soirée next weekend and we need to get in a few km. Being on a bike changes the priorities because it is unpleasant, and more dangerous, to ride in rain. So to Pilsen we went via some pretty minor roads, beside gorgeous river villages. The Czech countryside is so pretty.
    Pilsen has the prettiest town square, around the cathedral (closed for restoration until 2020). Ian then toured the Pilsen Brewery and we both drank beer. Here it’s cheaper than bottled water.
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  • Day22

    Soldiers, stained glass and a concert

    May 8 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today we found our way to the Lobkowicz Palace, part of Prague Castle. I found it fascinating, with a one hour concert first (piano, flute and viola), then an audio guide and tour that tells a far more personal and intimate story than is usual in historic monuments. The Haymakers by Bruegel the Elder and two fabulous views of London by Canaletto, and (for me) the highlight - Handle’s score of The Messiah marked up and rearranged by Mozart. And several of Beethoven’s original symphony scores , I also loved the coffee and cake on the Palace verandah! In the sun and with a fabulous view of Prague. Next some stunning art nouveau stained glass windows in St Vitnius Cathedral. We were then totally culture stuffed so walked down to the town square to watch a lot of people watching the astronomical clock strike the hour.Read more

  • Day21

    Coffee, cake and lochs

    May 7 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Arrived in Prague after riding on the motorway - a frustrating experience with many delays due to roadworks. Very cold still, and a sprinkle of rain just as we entered the city. We’re staying in a hotel a few kilometres from the centre. Now we are on a motorbike getting secure parking becomes a hotel priority, and that’s not easy in a crowded old city. But the chosen hotel has it, is very good, cheaper than in town, and minutes walk from a tram stop that takes us straight to the centre. Today we walked a bit, did a reconnoiter, ate a delicious lunch and late afternoon tea in gracious old coffee houses, and watched a loch open and close.Read more

  • Day20

    Riding in the snow

    May 6 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    A fun ride from Passau to Česky Krumlov. Cold, but exhilarating. Just before we hit the Czech border the snow flakes started coming down. Only light and not for long. I was very glad we’d stopped in Passau to pick up a waterproof coat to go over my leather jacket. We were surprisingly comfortable - except for my hands. I tried to sit on them, because my seat is well heated!
    Česky Krumlov is just gorgeous. The Gold Hotel where we stayed perfectly located and gave the bike a perfect secure spot in the entrance courtyard. Great food too! I’d like the recipe for the mushroom and dill soup.
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