Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Yesterday, we left our hotel and ventured up the other side of Lake Como in Italy in search of the chapel of the Madonna del Ghisallo. I provide a link here in case you are a cycling fan. The significant thing about this little chapel is that the Madonna is the patron of cyclists. The chapel contains many mementos of the great cyclists past and present and, touchingly, many remembrances of competitive cyclists who died while competing in the sport.
If the chapel wasn't enough, though, right next door was the Museum of Cycling! Bikes from the dawn of cycling, recent Tour de France machines, winner's jersey's, loads of mementos and the history of bike racing, all in one building. Needless to say, I bought the t-shirt!
More from me tomorrow.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Another couple of wonderful days although blighted in part by bad weather. When we left Konstanz we soon got lost on our way south. If only we had decided to go through the Swiss border check point only a few hundred yards from our hotel. But we had to try to be clever and try to head south through Austria.
Eventually we ended up in the town of Imst, nestled in the Austrian Tirol. What lovely views of the mountains from our campsite! The next day we took a drive to Innsburck and wandered about the town for the afternoon.
Today has been a day of extreme weather changes. We headed south through St. Moritz (zero degrees celcius) until Imst (19.5 degress celcius).
Tonight we went for an evening meal out on the terrace of the restaurant area of town. It was great to sit out in the evening air, in September, and enjoy a meal with a good red wine.
No pictures today simply because I haven't had a chance to check them out.
Friday, September 24, 2010
We were on the road early this morning and drove south east, in the general direction of Austria, trying our best to hug the southern shore of the Bodensee.
The town of Konstanz is a large, cosmopolitan town which, interestingly, has the border with Switzerland running through it. We went out for a walk tonight and visited Switzerland for ten minutes before we got fed up and returned to Germany.
For those of you who were fed up with my comments yesterday about all the beautiful sunshine we were having you will be pleased to know that it rained this afternoon when we were out exploring the town. And boy, did it rain! We hadn’t been expecting the rain and certainly weren’t dressed for it. We got soaked! Tonight when we went out for a further look around we were sure to put on our waterproof jackets and take our umbrellas with us!
On the plus side, though, I have to point out that the weather outside is currently in the region of 16 degrees C – at 9pm!Onward, tomorrow, to Austria!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Hello everyone and greetings from the German town of Appenweirer on the fringes of the Black Forest. We are having a wonderful time so far on our drive around central Europe. In fact, we can’t quite believe how much we are enjoying ourselves – or how good the weather is. Since Monday the average temperature has been about 26 degrees Celsius with loads and loads of lovely sunshine!
We came off the ferry at Calais in France on Monday at about 11am local time and charged along the autoroute headed for Reims. There we met up with our good friends, the recently married James and Magali Christie at their flat, a short distance from the magnificent Reims Cathedral.
What a wonderful time we had with this lovely couple over the next two days. We visited the cathedral, we did a tour of the town, we visited Magali’s parents (whom we first met at the wedding), we ate well and we shared a few beers.
The town of Reims is historic but there’s just too much to go in to at the moment. Reims suffered terribly in both World Wars and there is much evidence of this still in the town – for instance the lower walls of the cathedral, pock-marked with machine gun and shell-hits.
The hospitality shown to us both by Magali and James and Magili’s parents was very touching and we will never forget it.