riding a thumper, Europe is bigger than i thought

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NSFW, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. SonoraDave

    SonoraDave Been here awhile

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    Thanks Joel for documenting your journey so well with this photo rich thread. The architecture and stonework in the buildings is amazing and fuels my imagination with all of the history these areas have witnessed.
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  2. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    There’s an episode of Top Gear where the guys start in the middle of a walled Italian city and have to find their way out, took awhile....
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  3. dooby

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    Next time you're in Siena, visit the cemetery where Fibonacci was buried.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number

    Love the food sequences keep them coming :thumb . As now it's white truffle season going on, treat yourself with some if you like these ;)

    Cheers
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  4. VTbeemer

    VTbeemer Traveler Supporter

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    Joel

    Don’t forget you passed through Switzerland a while back. Switzerland is not part of the EU so the clock gets reset when you exited. Not that anyone really checks anyway.

    Dan
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    Romero At Cinépolis or OXXO

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  6. Franque

    Franque Been here awhile

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    Not exactly, those days just don't count toward the 90 if Switzerland isn't a part of the Schengen zone, but I'm pretty sure it is. A Schengen visa limits you to 90/180 days in a 180 day period.
  7. Bassotto58

    Bassotto58 Adventurer

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    Fantastic trip, last night I was glued to the computer for 3 hours to see all your European trip.
    I am Italian and I often travel in Tuscany during my motorcycle trips.
    Since you are near Lake Bolsena I can suggest you a bed and breakfast (Podere San Francesco), see below the picture of the lake landscape from the bedroom window, the owner is a biker.

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    I can also recommend a fantastic restaurant with excellent value for money (Trattoria da Giggietto). This is the landscape from the outdoor tables

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    Have a good trip
  8. Bassotto58

    Bassotto58 Adventurer

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    I forgot: I had the XCountry until May 2019 (changed for a Tracer)
  9. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    Man! Yer killing me!
    I spent a week in Bettona 2 years ago. (it's the little walled town on the hilltop right across the valley from Assisi). I popped into Bevagna for lunch one day & discovered it was market day. Wonderful food & great flea market stuff. I wound up spending the whole afternoon there. It's one of many jewel-like little hill towns in the Perugia area that have kept their walls & charm, but are not yet overcome with mass tourism. My only regret is that I was driving an elderly Fiat Panda, not my bike.
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  10. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    Joel I'm loving this trip of yours -- I've added so many "Want to Go" pins onto my google maps.

    Likewise same with everyone else chiming in-- added Lake Bolsena, Bettona, and Bevagna to my list this morning :)
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    EU is rich in history and culture. the countries are close to each other but still different. just show they were able to hang on to their identities and values.

    thanks Dooby. for sure i would like to spend more time in Siena and other smaller cities.

    Romero, thanks for tagging along and the accolade.

    very nice and thanks.
    Jim. thanks for chiming IN.

    thanks mb. my new list is " places i want to go back".

    do it and thank me later.
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  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    2019.09.30 - all roads lead to Rome (from what i heard in our history class)

    i wasn't expecting any exciting roads into Rome, but it didn't disappoint.
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    no shortage of old artistic buildings
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    there's a great mountain road that i took but just can't remember the name
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    can't complain on the traffic
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    made it to Rome with plenty of daylight left and i have to admit the riding became stressful

    awesome to see this train still in service
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    lucky i found a place in a safe and quiet neighborhood for me and to to park Ms.Merkel on the street for several days
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  14. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    2019.10.01 Rome Exploration

    in the afternoon i arrived, immediately made up my mind that there will no ride in the city!

    Ms. Merkel will be sitting here for the next 4 days. my room is on the ground floor and 12 feet from the bike
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    the building is where home is
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    took the bus and not far from my stay, is Porta Maggiore
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    it's a bonus for us to see the tram goes underneath a historical attraction
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    the bus took me right to the Colosseum
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    found a place to eat lunch
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    just like the colloseum, my prosciuto pizza has missing slices
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  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i do not want to say rubbles but rather remnants of a great civilization
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    the view from the back is just as nice
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    the line to get in is long. i decided to skip it (realized it was a short line in comparison with summer)
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  16. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i look for other less attractive but interesting matter like this paver, not sure if it's original or reconstruction, but that's what the Roman roads were made of.
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    endless attractions
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    it's free
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  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    recapturing the different spots i visited in one pic
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    withstood the test of time
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    found another ancient road
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    even small ones, preserving as many artifacts they can
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    this mighty imposing building in the center got my attention
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    inside are military memorabilia, historical items, and messages of Italian unity
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    a 2-man submarine
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    worth the time going inside and learn the Italian people (no entrance free)
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  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    within a walking distance are tons of historical and cultural attractions
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    i hang out here for a while and listened to these two. best 2 euros spent.
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    around the corner is the Pantheon and the Ferrari souvenirs store
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    the Pantheon
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    pics from the Pantheon
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    Sofia
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  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    inside the Pantheon
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    none of my pictures capture the beauty of this place and happy to see it in person.
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