It was a long haul across Europe.Many mountain passes and next to no motorways.Crossing borders and venturing into Eastern Europe for the first time.
The sun rise over the Danube Delta made it all worth while.
A small boat tour of the Delta just breathtaking
Moving across the lakes and through the chanels. Wild life abound
And in the morning sun water lillies emerge
Small traditional fish traps reflecting a sustainable approach to fishing.
On the ferry crossing the Danube to its Delta
After the rain a hike in the forest on a mountain behind Cortina
The forest with beautiful wild flowers
And of course the mighty Breva handled the goat track to the car park with aplomb.
In the Dolomites
From my camp in Cipena near Bormio it was over Stelvio once again and onto Merano, a gateway to the Dolomites.
The high road from Merano leads to the Jaufenpass.
From there the amazing rock structures that are the Dolomites unfold
Campsites tucked under the monoliths give amazing mountain sunsets
Over the Passo Gardana, a favoured by bikers the way I took toward Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina is such a beautiful Alpine city.
Looking down onto Cortina
The there is the back roads and villages. Little campsites where there is space and few people
In and around the village of Cimolais
Like all Alpine areas you have to sometime pay for the beauty with thunderstorms and a day of rain
Rain after the thunderstorm in Cortina. It’s a small price to pay.
Swiss/Italian border, Umbrial Pass
There was much nostalga riding from Switzerland to Italy
The Fluelapass was the first Alpine pass I rode back in 2016
At the time I couldn’t imagine how I could come back again
And now Im on the 4th tour.
Truly addicted to the Alps
The Fluelapass links to the Ofen Pass and that to the Umbrial Pass which crosseS into Italy and leads to the beautiful city of Bormio.
The top of the Stelvio is a Circus of bicycles, motorbikes, cars, sausage Stalls hotels and shops .
From Bormio the valley opens up
With lovely camping grounds, with walkers, cyclists and bikers in summer. Skiers in winter.
Perfect for camping in the pretty village of Cepina.
There is something special about the little camp ground beside the Vezere river at St Leon
Its simple without trappings but just beautiful.
And a perfect spot to explore the valley.
From where the Verzere meets the Dordogne at Limeuil
To the beautiful town on Montignac
The Vezere valley offers
Wonderful sights to see. Magnificent Chalets and wonderful roads to ride
Wishing all Bloggers, friends and followers all the best for the festive season.
A time for peace and for love
A time for looking forward with positive anticipation
A time for reflection and forgiveness
A time for appreciation
A time for tolerance and acceptance
No matter your faith, your values, your creed
Take the time to count your blessings, and appreciate that there is beauty in the world around us.
Wild Horses Kosciuszko National Park
Remote from the noise and the bustle
In the bush with the wild horses
In the wilderness
On a mountain top camp
On the coast
The golden sandy beach
Stretching to the horizon
Finding special places
Where human activity and nature blend
Winding along the roads less travelled
Finding the wild things
From Riquewihr it’s into the mountains again
Over the Col de la Schlucht
It was to be an eventful trip
Partly by truck
But all life is a learning
I take the by roads rather than the motorways
It has its risks but many rewards
Such as the entrance to the old city in Parthaney
The picturesque Vouvant
Or the amazing boulders at le Rocher Blanant
And onto the little coastal harbours of Brittany
Worth a kings ransome
The Kings hunting ground
Gifted to the people in 1922
Italy’s oldest national park
Nestled at the end of the Conge Valley
In Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost he regrets the loss of innocence and in some ways the loss of beauty to sin and greed.
Gran Paridiso is the opposite to that natural beauty returned to the people.
France wins and Cauterets celebrates
In a quite valley
In the Pyrenees
A few sort miles from Spain
Over the Pont d’ Espagna
Bringing joy and beauty
On the bridge to Spain
In the Haute Pyrenees
And in bars in Cauterets the faithful watch the world cup being won
And the Gendarme too sounded the victory siren
In Cauterets when France won the World Cup.