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 …

Searching for Cappuccino

I love the breakfasts served at European hotels. Not the typical eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy usually found at the La Quinta Inns in the States. Here it is usually a selection of cheeses, salted fatty cured meats with an assortment of breads and fruit; a perfect way to start the day. It would have …

Travelers of Terminal 3

Hello? Is anyone out there? Yes, it has been quite awhile since I last posted. My bad. I’ve been busy. Busy enough that I decided it was time for a break and a motorcycle ride in Italy. This year’s ride will be taking me to Sardinia and Corsica, islands off the coast of Italy. Many …

Oh the weather outside is frightful

But then, I am in London for the holidays. About 20 years ago, my parents started a tradition of having the family gather in London for a week for the holidays. It was a way for them to have their adult children and their significant others around for more than just a holiday meal and …

A Time to Reflect

Sunday evening we boarded the overnight train to Paris. It was sort of like taking the Orient Express only modernized. Our cabin was small and efficient. The bathroom was less than two square meters. Think airline restroom only one and a half times the size. To take a shower, you swung the sink over the …

Oktoberfest

The ride is officially over. After breakfast, tearful good byes and promises to stay in touch with the other riders, most of the riders were shuttled to the airport for their flights home. John and I were taking the overnight train to Paris so we had the day to kill. We managed to convince Rob …