Malaga to Granada, Spain

Following our good-byes to Martin and Joy, our hosts for the motorcycle tour of the Canary Islands, Howard and I boarded the plane for Malaga, Spain early Saturday morning, 28 February 2015. We had a very tight connection at the Madrid airport for our connecting flight to Malaga. The plane from Gran Canaria was late …

Tenerife

We left Gran Canaria for Tenerife on Friday, 20 February 2015 aboard a ferry on very rough and choppy seas. It was an hour and half voyage. I was fine; Martin, the tour leader, and Howard, my friend, not so much. Upon our arrival in Santa Cruz, the capital city of Tenerife, Martin fought off …

Gran Canaria

I arrived in Gran Canaria at 23:25 (11:25 PM) local time Monday, 16 February 2015; un-showered and un-shaven for the past 26 hours. My friend Howard and our hosts for the next 10 days of motorcycle riding in the Canary Islands, Martin and his partner, Joy, were there to meet me and whisk me away …

Airport

Originally posted on The Canuck Chef:
When traveling by aircraft, I always like to allow myself plenty of time before the flight. One thing I hate having to do is the OJ Simpson run though the airport and security checkpoint. They would just tackle you and haul you off to airport prison, thus causing you…

Bosa to Porto Rotondo, Sardinia

The morning brought a scenic ride along the coast to Alghero, the capital of the “Coral Riviera”. Being Saturday, the city was teaming with locals and tourists alike, milling about enjoying the beautiful Mediterranean morning. I stopped for a cappuccino, a couple of cappuccinos actually, before heading off-route, to ride out to Punto Conte. I …

Cagliari to Bosa, Sardinia

Leaving Cagliari was during the height of rush hour in a big city. A stalled delivery truck in one of the two lanes leaving town did not help matters and the traffic only seemed to get worse one the local police showed up to “assist”. Once out of the maddening traffic, we passed the ruins of …

No, I’m not German

Today we were heading from Fonni to Cagliari, Sardinia and were given the option of two routes: One along the coast and one through the mountains. Given the opportunity, I will always choose the coastal route, as I prefer being near large bodies of water. The route was actually about half through the mountains and …

Pitch and Roll

We arrived in Sardinia this morning. The overnight ferry crossing from the Port of Livorno on the mainland to the Port of Olbia in Sardinia was a bit rough due to high winds.  We all arrived safely, some with varying degrees of seasickness. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily …

Chianti

Today we rode from our hotel just outside of Florence to Livorno where we caught the ferry to Sardinia. Being Memorial Day, several of us decided to stop at the Florence American Cemetery to pay our respects to those that have fallen defending our freedom. The burial site contains headstones for 4,402 American soldiers, laid …

Tiramisu

Based upon my visit to the central market yesterday afternoon, today I decided to take a cooking class specializing in the foods of Florence. The class consisted of 3 young ladies from Canada on holiday during their summer break, a mother and daughter from Minnesota and myself. Given the look of terror in the eyes …