Monday – CINQUE TERRE 167
Here we visited the city of La
Spezia and the small coastal towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Monterosso.
Corniglia and Vernazza are the other two. We walked some, rode the train some and then
ferried along at the finish. In all, we got a pretty good look at this world
Tuesday – PISA 58
Yeah, we had to check out Pisa!
But it’s not just the leaning tower, it’s other buildings and it’s the walled
town that we enjoyed wandering through. It was really excellent that we stayed
at Lucca and were able to venture to Florence, Cinque Terre and Pisa while
staying in a comfortable apartment owned by Giorgio and Gabriella. We even
tried out their pool before heading off to a concert and dinner with folk from
Canada we’d befriended. The concert was a Puccini-Mozart concert – just
Wednesday – LUCCA to SPINEA 360
Extremely picturesque wander through the mountains of northern Italy. Heaps
of semis as we took the scenic route. Told our GPS (they call it Navigation here), “no tolls” – she
obliged. Fran (our GPS) got us to our hosts’ place at 6:15 pm which was
ecxcellent timing. After dinner, Mario took us to his friend’s place where Fay
and I were staying. Barry and Annette stayed with Mario and Rosetta.
Thursday – VENICE
Following instruction from Mario
we headed for Venice by bus. 180 canals and 450 bridges! Maybe we didn’t do
them all, but we walked over a few that’s for sure. San Marco church, Rialto
Bridge (above), Murano glass etc. Finally a
weary 40 minute trip home in the bendy bus. Dinner at night was at a beaut restaurant where we took our hosts
Mario and Rosetta. A beaut night (including 2 bottles of bubbly) and it didn’t
break the bank.
Friday – SPINEA to UDINE 255
After our farewells, we headed for Udine/Tarcento area. On
the way we went to Aquileia (ancient ruins) and then passed through Grado
(resort area) and Cividale del Friuli. Finally to Tarcento where we wandered
round looking for where Annette’s relatives lived or are living. We had good
fun but were not successful. We found the street but that was all. Off then to
Hotel Alle Due Palme. We drove along a hick area using coordinates for the
first time and Fran finally said, “You have reached your destination!” We were
at a deserted building very much in need of repair. Common sense over ruled and
we wandered round a bit till we actually found the hotel which turned out to be
a winner – comfortable ensuite rooms including breakfast. All for 50 Euro a couple. Car
was parked right outside the front door. And man was it a beaut brekky!
Saturday – UDINE to SCHLADMING (AUSTRIA) 298 km
Into Austria – and the
countryside looked way different to Italy. After lunch we were pulled over by police
because a mob of cows were coming along the road in our direction! Bells
ringing, accordion playing, cows pooping etc. Quite a spectacle. Our next surprise
came when we had to put the car on a train to go through a tunnel! Seventeen
euro later…. We continued. It was a 12 km trip. Unexpected! Finally we landed ourselves in
the resort town of Schladming and found the ALPINE CLUB up a hill out of town.
Very comfortable. The ladies went on strike so we all went to the restaurant
for dinner. A wonderful idea.
Sunday – TUERLWAND, WIESENBLASEN, RAMSAUL DACHSTEIN 35 km
We didn’t go too far today, but joined in a musical event by visiting a
few restaurants in the hills. These restaurants had live music playing while
you ate. Have soup at this place, coffee at the next – or was it the other way
round. How lucky were we to be in the area of Ramsaul Dachstein on Sunday 23
September! Barry ventured up the gondola which took him to the top of the
mountain (3,000 m) – near Tuerlwand restaurant. A great excursion for the day.Photos to come.
Yeah…. That was another great week!
Our third. Everybody still talking to everybody. Annette crook. Fay
fairly recovered now. Six more sleeps at this resort here in Schladming,
Austria. Then off to Germany.