Places you would rather be.

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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby ldrcycles » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:14 pm

I'm curious about that painted ceiling, wouldn't the paint fade badly with that much natural light coming through those windows?
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby il padrone » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:32 pm

Seems that it's been there a long time and survived :?

Lonely Planet wrote:The church, built by the Jesuit architect Orazio Grassi in 1626, boasts a Carlo Maderno facade and a celebrated trompe l’oeil ceiling fresco by Andrea Pozzo (1642–1709) depicting St Ignatius Loyola being welcomed into paradise by Christ and the Madonna. For the best views of the fresco, stand on the small yellow spot on the nave floor and look up. The ceiling, which is, in fact, absolutely flat, appears to curve. But walk a little further into the church and the carefully created perspective stops working and the deception becomes clear.

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It is fresco, rather than just paint, and this is extremely durable. Many such frescoes survive from the times of ancient Rome. Do a google search for 'trompe l’oeil ceiling fresco ' and this church is the one that comes up.

I remember the 'dome' fresco on the flat ceiling now too - a great illusion.
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:11 pm

Right n ow I'd love to be over in Europe riding each day along the side of canal containing a barge that I am living in with friends and lots of vino. However that is not to happen until next year. :cry:

However I DO have next week off and I WILL be in Denmark. And I intend to sample an adequate range and quantity of the local drop and get lots of riding in.

So, all in all, I will still be somewhere better. :D
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby rama » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:58 pm

Funny how our subjective views differ of places we would rather be, thinking it must be better than the places were are now.
You believe Europe is interesting. My mind is stuck on Australia.
You dream of canals, wine, archaeological sites, etc on the European continent. I dream of the emptiness of the Australian outback, and practice playing a PVC didgeridoo I build myself.
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby briztoon » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:12 pm

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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby il padrone » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:31 pm

rama wrote:Funny how our subjective views differ of places we would rather be, thinking it must be better than the places were are now.
You believe Europe is interesting. My mind is stuck on Australia.
You dream of canals, wine, archaeological sites, etc on the European continent. I dream of the emptiness of the Australian outback, and practice playing a PVC didgeridoo I build myself.

Oh, I dream of that as well. A lengthy tour right around this great land (maybe 1-2 years duration, when I've retired) will be on the cards within the next ten years. I have ridden the Oodnadatta Track, and to Kings Canyon, the Mereenie Loop, Uluru, Finke, and Andado Station. This has just given me the taste for more. But Europe calls as well.

rama wrote:I wish there was a way to swap experiences! Or at least be rich enough to stop dreaming and start packing for our dream tours.

Yes, that'd be handy as well :D

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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby Matt Zac » Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:54 am

Recently my wife was asked to look after her mother's property at short notice, an undertaking that had her and our 3 little ones away for nearly two weeks while I stayed home and went to work (or so they thought...)

Yes, I dutifully attended my place of employment. And planned also...

A 9 hour XPT trip from Maitland to Casino, camping overnight, then cycling the remainder to Rosebank, NSW, where my beloveds would be unsuspectingly waiting. I whipped an early Gemini World Randonneur into action, applying the rear rack and panniers that the overnight stay required. Needless to say, it performed well!

The photo below is taken at the farm gates, immediately before I made my grand entry. The reaction from the kids was fantastic, wifely just thought I was crazy...

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So, there you, go. That's where I'd rather be...
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby Tandem » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:58 pm

Had an amazing 6 weeks cycling in remote part along McDonnell Ranges,Uluru and Great Central Road to Kalgoorlie.

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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby il padrone » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:17 pm

Nice video reminder of my 2010 Mawson Trail and Oodnadatta Track tour (pictured above)

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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby cyclotaur » Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:18 pm

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A nice quiet gravel road in the Dandenongs ...


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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby SuperSix » Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:25 pm

Snowy River at Nowa Nowa.
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby il padrone » Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:25 pm

Snowy River? At Nowa Nowa?

Doesn't come within a bull's roar. Would it be Lake Tyers, Boggy Creek Arm perhaps?
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby WestcoastPete » Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:58 pm

Wherever it is, it looks pretty nice.
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby SuperSix » Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:53 pm

il padrone wrote:Snowy River? At Nowa Nowa?

Doesn't come within a bull's roar. Would it be Lae Tyers, Boggy Creek Arm perhaps?

Oops. You sir, are correct. How embarrassing. Any yes, it is a nice quiet spot.
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby Tomca74 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:25 pm

I will probably get banned for this, but cycling isn't my top priority, it is kayaking. Not even riding along Ipswich Rd in peak hour matches the thrill of watching a big shark circle you and wait for you to bring a fish up from the depths for an easy feed

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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby FatGuts » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:08 am

Here:

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Or here:

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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby elantra » Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:56 pm

Matt Zac wrote:Recently my wife was asked to look after her mother's property at short notice, an undertaking that had her and our 3 little ones away for nearly two weeks while I stayed home and went to work (or so they thought...)

Yes, I dutifully attended my place of employment. And planned also...

A 9 hour XPT trip from Maitland to Casino, camping overnight, then cycling the remainder to Rosebank, NSW, where my beloveds would be unsuspectingly waiting. I whipped an early Gemini World Randonneur into action, applying the rear rack and panniers that the overnight stay required. Needless to say, it performed well!

The photo below is taken at the farm gates, immediately before I made my grand entry. The reaction from the kids was fantastic, wifely just thought I was crazy...

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So, there you, go. That's where I'd rather be...


Nice story and great effort at short-notice. :)
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby WarrenH » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:34 pm

Dupe posting.
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby WarrenH » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:02 pm

FatGuts wrote:Or here.


A few more views of Or here ... aka the section called The Luge.


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Reaching the bottom ... and half an hour's ride back to the City Centre.

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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby FatGuts » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:12 am

Hi Warren, did you get my PM?
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Re: Places you would rather be.

Postby misterios » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:12 pm

@Ronk man you have been to some awesome places. Can I just say I'd rather be where you've been? Great pics.

Spent a couple of weeks backpacking/living out in Tioman Island Malaysia. Really beautiful place, got some paved and unpaved tracks. They are more motorbike people, even the little kids ride bikes there. But there's really good terrain for biking. Wish I could go back there but alas real life.

Been also to Amsterdam recently. Man its a pain riding on city streets with all that traffic.
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