Country roads………..

The next part of our journey took us thru’ the Umbria region towards Perugia.  It was slow going tho’, alot of slow country roads and at times we seemed as tho’ we were doubling back on ourselves.  The countryside was wonderful tho.  The roads were very busy 🙂

Villages seemed to be built into the mountains

There were hardly any people about and we couldn’t  find a shop, cafe, or bar.  When a supermarket loomed into view I went to get supplies.  I bought, what I thought was melon……

It wasn’t!  Don’t know what it was – he said it tasted like turnip, wasn’t very nice whatever it was!  Found some wildlife tho’

Wonder if he would have liked the turnip/melon……….

More busy roads

After riding for what seemd like days we came across a lake with an open campsite (and a nearby supermarket!) so decided to stay here.

We wondered why all the other “campers” had pitched away from the lake and couldn’t understand why, so we pitched right on the lake side

and went off to get supplies.  We came back with a feast 🙂

and set about eating it all as the sun went down

We soon realised why the other campers had set up further back – we were swarmed by millions of insects and had to take refuge in the (very hot!) tent.   That night i’m sure every bird living on the lake came to investigate our tent – there were all sorts of strange noises going on outside – Ian was snoring his head off and I wasn’t going out there to see what was going on.  I’ll bet these were some of the culprits

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The next day was pretty much the same – tho’ Tuscany this time, on our way to Florence.  Whenever i’ve seen pictures of the Tuscan coutryside it’s always full of sunflowers – not this time of year tho’

We arrived in Florence to a downpour.

Now, lets just say we “parted ways” – one of us went further and this is as far as the “camera” went before returning to the bike!

One of us had a real “moody head on” – and it was touch and go where we were headed next – Pisa or home………..The next hour was spent on the motorway (hmm – not mychoice!)  in silence!  I was glad when the motorway split – left for Pisa, right for Milan – we went left 🙂

Pisa is a lovely town – very compact, alot smaller than I expected.

Very very busy

and of course, it also has this…. I know, cheesy shot!

We went to an outdoor cafe which was attached to a hotel, for something to eat.  Ian went to enquire how much it was for a nights stay – 150 euros!!! Needless to say we didn’t stay here!

We rode up the coast to a town called Viareggio. It was a typical seaside town – lots of posh shops and big hotels along the promenade.  We found a “cheapish” hotel and went for a walk about. NO, we didn’t stay here –  we’re not millionaires!!

We had what was probably the worst meal of our entire trip here (even worse than the lamb bones in Albania!!) – I ordered a chicken parmesan and got what looked (and tasted) like one of those horrible frozen “fake” chicken things that you buy in cheap supermarkets – couldn’t eat it – the waitress was suprised and said it was one of their most popular dishes! Yuck!

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9 Responses to “Country roads………..”

  1. montieandme Says:

    2 bottles of wine and a carton of icecream!!!! you 2 scrapping again…shall bang ya heads together.

  2. Yep, one each! Did feel a bit sick after all that icecream tho’ – had to eat it all – was melting……..lol
    His fault, scrapping!!!

  3. montieandme Says:

    Maybe it was the combination of wine and icecream that made you feel sick!!! of course it was Ians fault, goes without saying.

  4. Nah, felt sick BEFORE the wine! Cheaper than water, that wine – 2 euros a bottle. 🙂

  5. travelswithmymotorbike Says:

    Hi Antie Bev,

    It’s a shame your camera didn’t get to go around Florence, ours didn’t either, just a quick glimpse from the distance…had a boat to find!!

    Next time I find myself in Europe on a bike I want to call in on Florence properly.

    Cheers,

    Dave…..

  6. Not alot of boats in Florence Dave!!! Lol!

    There’s lots of places i’d like to see more of – such a big world………….

    See you soon 🙂

  7. I grew up in Umbria and learned how to sex some fruit, including melons. If you want a melon that is ripe and edible stick your nose next to the end where the stem was, the little round circle, and take in a deep breath. If it smells like ripe watermelon the fruit is ready to eat. if you can’t smell anything call it a parsnip and leave it be.This trick works with melons the world over I have found. My wife who has a dreadful sense of smell makes me pick them for us.

  8. Hi Mr Conch
    Sadly this melon/turnip was pre-cut up into slices so impossible to sniff!
    What a great place to grow up – bet you miss it

  9. Excellent report! I spent some time in Italy, your pixs and words bring back some wonderful memories.

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