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In Italia

Postby il padrone » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:40 am

We've now reached and seen Taormina with Etna erupting, after the Aeolian Islands, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Salerno and Roma. Loving every minute of it :D


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[edit]Only just over 250kms by bike so far though. Lots of trains and ferries to get us down south for the sun, then we begin island-hopping northwards.
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Re: In Italia

Postby Pax » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:16 am

Wow (nice drop behind you)......fantastic, looking forward to more updates!

Hope you have a great time.
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Re: In Italia

Postby redrover3 » Wed May 01, 2013 10:01 pm

Love that part of the world. Look forward to updates. It's been 22 years.
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Re: In Italia

Postby dalai47 » Fri May 03, 2013 11:35 am

Very jealous. Spent 9 days on Sicily last September but without bike... So really itching to get back one day with bike and do some riding on Mt Etna!

Looking forward to checking back for more updates. :D
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Re: In Italia

Postby il padrone » Sat May 04, 2013 7:03 am

Now enjoying Ragusa's churches.....


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and cafes...... both of which are plentiful and very impressive :D

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Sampling the marvellous Italian cuisine :wink:

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The Citta de Ragusa is the location where all of the Inspector Montalban series on SBS was filmed :o . An outstanding movie setting really, such iconic baroque town streets and stepped lanes.
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Re: In Italia

Postby dalai47 » Sat May 04, 2013 8:57 am

That looks like the cafe in front of the Cathedral of San Giorgio??? If it is we ate there too! :D

But looks like you got the better weather. It was raining for us... Where are you heading next?
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Re: In Italia

Postby il padrone » Mon May 06, 2013 6:59 am

Indeed it is the Duomo of San Giorgio.

We had some rain back in Lipari for a day or so, nothing but fine and generally sunny weather since. Today was 27C at 11am, touching 32c yesterday I reckon. We have been through Gela and are now in Agrigento after a big day's riding. Tomorrow we tour the temples, then on towards Palermo by a yet to be defined route, then Sardinia

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Re: In Italia

Postby dalai47 » Mon May 06, 2013 9:59 am

Loved the temples at Agrigento!

If you head North via Enna, check out the Villa Romana del Casale - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/832/

Unfortunately we only heard of this after our trip.
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Re: In Italia

Postby il padrone » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:45 am

Now in Genoa, having toured through the west of Sicily, then the SE and NW of Sardegna, followed by the whole spectacular west coast of Corsica. We got to ride most of stage 3 of this year's Tour de France and bought ourselves TdF collectible 100th anniversary t-shirts in Calvi.

Top destinations so far: Ragusa Ibla, the temples at Segesta, Monreale's spectacular cathedral, Cefalu's medieval streets, the ride from Bosa to Alghero, Alghero, religious procession in Sassari, Castelsardo, Bonifacio's cliffs, the Casa di Roccapina, le Calanches, Porto (everything about it), Calvi's citadel, and the coast at Ile Rousse. Genoa's palazzos have been pretty special as well.
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Re: In Italia

Postby Pax » Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:44 am

:) Yes??...well I've been at work most of the time, are you jealous?

Lucky bugga, that sounds fantastic. Looking forward to some piccies
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Re: In Italia

Postby il padrone » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:47 am

Pictures will come, but there will need to be a lengthy process of selection and I need a faster upload rate than I currently have. The photo folders are currently bulging with something around 3,000 photos so far :oops:

Just a couple of days ago when visiting the Museo Galileo in Florence we found they had a special exhibit that had just started 2 days before of the history of the bicycle and working bicycles. Great examples of early 20th century tradesman's bikes - the cooper's bike, the knife-sharpener's, the dairyman's, the artist's, the photographer's and more. Never knew that people in the past had their mattresses re-stuffed every winter and summer, and that wool-carders went about by bike to provide the service.

Lots and LOTS of bikes being ridden, simply for transport in Pisa, in Lucca and in Florence.
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Re: In Italia

Postby il padrone » Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:27 am

Forgot to mention - been back two weeks now. All seems so far away now, but mind-images were resurrected watching the TdF.

We had 12 weeks touring Italy and Corsica. We spent 7 days on the Amalfi Coast & Pompeii, 29 days in the Aeolian Islands & Sicily, 12 in Sardinia, 18 in Corsica, 23 days in Liguria & Tuscany and 6 days in Rome. Altogether we cycled something over 3,000kms - I don't know exactly how many as my cycle-computer wheel sensor battery ran out then the sensor would not reset. We saw many ancient towns with their centro storicos, did a prolonged study of Italian cathedrals, saw many solar power farms and windfarms, drank innumerable cups of caffe, enjoyed delicious gelatis, walked the Pirates Steps of Bonifacio, rolled on and off numerous navis (ferries), endured the dubious camping grounds and enjoyed some wonderful hotel rooms, rode the route of Stage 3 of the Tour de France, had cold days, some very windy days and then rode through the heat in Tuscany, enjoyed being honked at (courteously) by the marvellous Italian drivers, watched the lizards run across the roads ahead of us and saw dolphins & flying fish from the decks of ferries.

All in all it was a truly marvellous time, with so many experiences it'd almost fill a book. Over 3000 photos to go through now but I shall soon post some of them on here.
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Re: In Italia

Postby il padrone » Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:58 am

Some photos of the earlier part of our tour - Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Aeolian Islands and Sicily.

Our hotel in Roma. Right close to Termine Station
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Roman sculpture. Artworks are everywhere in the streets and piazzas
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Castel San Angelo - the Pope's castle
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View of the Tiber
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At the Colosseum
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Naples city gate
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Salerno's VERY narrow streets in the centro storico
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Riding the Amalfi Coast
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Ten tunnels in one morning
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Garden at Villa Ruffolo, Ravello
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An amzing variety of ceramics on sale in roadside stores
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More tunnels
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View over Positano
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Narrow squeeze for traffic
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Departing the campground in Sorrento
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Caffe
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Traffic jam in Castellammare, 5.00pm.
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Pompeii
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Deprting Naples
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Cathedral in the citadel at Lipari
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Lipari's citadel
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Fumerole on Stromboli
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Climbing the crater on Vulcano
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Lots of solar farms on Sicily
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Novara di Sicilia - view from our hotel room
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Getting close to the crest of the range ~1100m
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Church in a boulder
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Views of Etna (in eruption) and the coast from Taormina
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View from Castelmola (300m above Taormina)
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In Catania's main piazza
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Market scenes in Catania
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Cathedral ceiling
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Roman amphitheatre in the centre of town
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Piazza Duomo, Siracusa
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Catacombs of St George, Siracusa
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Cobbled streets in town at Siracusa
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The duomo, Ragusa. The city where Inspector Montalban is filmed.
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Ragusa streets
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Old gents in the piazza, Gela
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Solar power again - roof of a school at Gela
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Sandy beach, almost as good as back home in Australia
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A helpful gent in Licata
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Greek temples at Agrigento
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Another helpful local chap who got us out of a wrong-road spot of bother
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The Turkish Steps
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On a wild goose chase for a campground near Montalegro
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Our hotel balcony, Montalegro
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Olive groves
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These lizards were everywhere
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Beach by our campground at Eraclea Minoa
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Santa Margherita di Belice
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Massive artwork near the ruins of Gibelini Vecchio, a town destroyed by earthquake in 1968
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Church at the new town - Nuova Gibelini
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Roadside lunch stop
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Sicilian vista
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Temples at Segesta
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Roman amphitheatre at Segesta
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Nicholas and friend - two helpful gents in Alcamo
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Alcamo's citadel
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Coastal views on the road to Palermo
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Track out to Capo Gallo, Mondello

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Lunch view at Mondello
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Palermo
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Spectacular cathedral mosaics at Monreale in the hills behind Palermo
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Verdi concert rehearsal in the Teatro Massimo - this cost us just 1 Euro each !!
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The bike shop district
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Fish market in Palermo
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Cefalu
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Scalette in Cefalu
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View from the mountain behind Cefalu
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Farewell from Sicily, now for Sardinia
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(More to come)
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Re: In Italia

Postby dalai47 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:32 pm

Nice! Looking forward to the next lot of photos...
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Re: In Italia

Postby STC67 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:29 pm

These are fantastic photos.

Thanks very much for taking the time to post them I have enjoyed them very much
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Re: In Italia

Postby STC67 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:31 pm

As I'm in bike buying mode atm. would you mind letting me know what bikes you were riding and how they went.

Thanks :)
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Re: In Italia

Postby il padrone » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:58 pm

My bike is a Thorn Nomad 26" expedition tourer, with Rohloff Speedhub 14. I bought the frame from Thorn (SJSCycles) in UK, and bought the components of my choice from various on-line stores - mostly bke24 and SJS. This saved me $1000-1500 on the price of buying a complete bike.

My wife has her old 1993 Giant Sedona, but it has been converted over to Rohloff with a SON dynohub and top quality B&M lights. It's nicely set up for extended touring and she is very comfy on it.

Both bikes ran really well for the trip. We did something over 3000kms and had no mechanical issues. I had one slow leak, we had to re-lube the chains once partway through the trip, and my bike came home with the chain in need of tensioning. Otherwise they ran sweet and true.
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Re: In Italia

Postby il padrone » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:01 pm

Some more photos of the Tyrrhenian Sea islands - Sardegna and Corse (Sardinia and Corsica). Well, rather a lot really :wink:

Cagliari from the sea
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In the citadel at night
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The portico along the seafront
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Flamingos in the Poetto wetlands
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Coastal road to Villasimius
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Pushing up a steep hill in Villasimius
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Snake on the road (allegedly these are not poisonous)
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Climbing the goges back towards Cagliari
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Ancient nuraghe - a dwellng ~6000 years old
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Street scenes at Bosa
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Appropriate name - "House of the winds"
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High coastal road to Alghero
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Alghero
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Bikes were popular for tranpsort
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Alghero harbour, view to Capo Caccia's cliffs
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Capo Caccia
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The sheltered bay at Cala Dragunara
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Nuraghe Palmavera
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Religious procession in Sassari
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Sassari's narrow streets
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Castelsardo
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View from the citadel, Castelsardo
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Beach views with Corsica in sight
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Fort at Santa Teresa Gallura
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Farewell Sardinia...
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... Hello Corsica
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Looking down on our ferry
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Hotel Genovese balcony view
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Escalier Roie d'Aragon
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Walkway at the base of the cliffs
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The cliffs of Bonifacio
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Streets in Bonifacio, beside the cathedral
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On the road on a very windy day
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The 'lion' of Roccapina
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Riding along the Val d'Orsolo
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Valley view
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Views from our hotel room in Sartene
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Sartene
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Streets in Sartene
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Lovely beach at Portigliolo
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View from the supermarket car-park at Porto Pollo
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Near Serra di Ferro
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Italian cyclists doing their own supported tour - today they were going to ride what would take us four days!!
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A bit later, a French touring group
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Bike parking in Ajaccio
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Ajaccio streets - the TdF is soon to arrive
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Napoleon's family home
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Napoleon's painting
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Market scene
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View from Col S. Bastiano
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Snow on the peaks
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Riding towards Carghese
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Climb towards Piana
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Road throgh le Calanches
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Porto
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Boat cruise to le Calanches coast and Reserve Scandola
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At Ghirolata - boat-only access
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Amazing blue Mediterranean waters
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Riding into Ota
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Sunset view from Porto
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West coast main road. Makes the Great Ocean Road look pale
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The road continued like this for most of our 75kms this day
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Galleria
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Views along the backroad through l'Argentaria
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Cavi sunset from our hotel window
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Spooky shop advertising!!
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Fruit & veg shop trading at 11pm
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Calvi's citadel
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Looking forward to the TdF
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Calvi city view
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Petanque players in the plaza in Ile Rousse
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Ile Rousse lighthouse
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In the Deserte Agriates
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St Florient
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The climb across the range to Bastia
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Our highest climb on Corsica, but there's lots of higher roads in the interior
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At the summt
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Bastia
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Welcoming the TdF
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Farewell Corsica
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Re: In Italia

Postby obikiller » Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:29 pm

WOW
I'm in love in Italy. Luckily i live there :)
belle foto, bravo!
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