Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Just after spending the last 5 days with my dad, Jim and my 2 brothers Paul and Eoin. What a great time. We spent the days wandering around the amazing city of Florence. Our days were spent looking at Leonardo da Vinci painting, Michelangelo sculptures, and everything from 500 year old Cathedrals to the last fashion and Ferrari cars been paraded up and down the street. Our evening were spent drinking tasty wines and eating the best of food while quoting the favourite Italian gangster movies. In fact if you ever make it to Florence I recommend a visit to Il Latina on Palchetti st. We spent our last night eating. Our dinner comprised of 7 courses and 2 litres of wines. Pretty much the best meal of my life. But the crew are gone home and tomorrow I'm back on the bike and I'm pedalling outta town in a southerly direction.
Friday, January 16, 2009
So I arrived into Italian port of Livorno and (unintentionally) took a motorway north for a bit,before I got back on the smaller roads.I got into the town of Pisa in late afternoon and went to see the lop-sided-tower.I'm presently in the city of Florence.I've been pushing it since my short visit to Corsica to make to here because tonight my Dad,Jim and brothers Paul and Eoin are coming out for 5 days to visit me. I've crossed over the 3000km mark and I'll update this site later with a few photos. But the sun is shining and I wanna see Florence
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Anyday that begins with 4 pain au chlocalots from the local bakery and a bike ride around an amphitheatre was shaping up to be a good day. After this I made my north into the hills towards the town of Uzes.This fine town was like stepping back into roman times. I brewed up a coffee and had a bit of lunch next to a Cathedral with an adjoining bell tower which was a bit similar to a more upright version of the leaning tower of Pisa. I continued east and it was about 2pm when I arrived at the highpoint of the day.If there were just 2 things I came to France to see,they would be the Mont St.Michel(Day 18) and todays highpoint,the Pont Du Gard. This Unesco world heritage site is an aqueduct made up of some 35 arches and running 50metres above the river Gard.It was built in the time of Jesus to supply water to the city of Nimes(where I stayed the previous night). This place gets over a million tourists a year but today I practically had it to myself.I biked another 20 or so kms and am presently camped up by a river near Avignon. In this part of the world, they have old Roman structures like Ireland has pubs. Thats to say,every town has a few and they are always a welcome sight.