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May 15, 2017

Sicily: Via del Sale


A path between evaporating ponds at Riserva Naturale Orientata Saline di Trapani e Paceco.

Coastal highway SP21 between Trapani and Marsala Sicily takes motorists through a flat landscape of saline pools, mounds of salt, and decommissioned mulini or windmills. Conditions in this area of Sicily are ideal for the production of salt. Salt has been produced near Trapani for centuries. (more…)

May 14, 2017

Sicily: Erice

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A composite picture of two sides of Segesta’s temple

After a twenty-minute search we found the boarding entrance for the Tirrenia ferry in Cagliari Sardinia. This overnight ferryboat would take us from Cagliari to Palermo Sicily. Though we were staying near the port and had walked by the car entrance several times, it was not clear where we were supposed to enter. Oddly the ferry car loading entrance was not well marked in English, Italian, Sardinian, or Swahili. It seems like they only expect regular travelers who know where they are going on this route. (more…)

Sardinia: Cagliari Street Art

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Good advice

With 150,000 people Cagliari is not quite large or artsy enough to have a full-blown street art scene equivalent to what you see in London or Paris. The density of street art is, to some extent, a measure of the urbanity of a city. That said, if you keep your eyes open there is some interesting pieces scattered through the city. (more…)

April 29, 2017

Sardinia: Bosa

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Bosa

It is true. Sometimes we stop at a place just because we want to take our own version of a picture that we’ve seen. So it was that we paused for a lunch and photo break in Bosa on our way from Alghero to Oristano. Lunch wasn’t very successful; every restaurant we tried was closed. On the other hand, we did find good places to take pictures. The pictures we had saw did not lie: Bosa is photogenic. (more…)

Sardinia: Grotta di Nettuno


Gigi leads the way to the grotto.

Twenty-five kilometers from Alghero Sardinia is Grotta di Nettuno, one of the region’s popular attractions. Neptune’s Grotto is a 500-meter long stalactite cave. Fisherman discovered the cavern in the 18th century. In 1959 the cave opened as a tourist attraction. (more…)

February 24, 2011

France: Chamonix, Chemin de fer du Montenvers

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Chemin de fer du Montenvers or the Montenvers Railway near Hotel de Montenvers

Téléphériques are not the only way up into Chamonix’s famous mountains.  Another mode of transport is the Chemin de fer du Montenvers or the Montenvers Railway.  This (more…)

February 21, 2011

France: Chamonix and Aiguille du Midi

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The téléphérique heads to Aiguille du Midi

We were 8,000 feet below the surface of the Earth when our Kangoo returned to France for the last time. The border crossing was deep in the Mont Blanc (more…)

February 6, 2011

Switzerland to France: Tasch to Chamonix

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Our turbo tour of Switzerland’s Alps ended too soon. From Tasch near Zermatt we’d head to Chamonix France. On the way out of Switzerland, (more…)

January 29, 2011

Italy to Switzerland: Bormio to Bellinzona

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When our summer trip was being dreamt up the vague notion of traveling the spine of Alps developed.  But what would that mean in (more…)

January 24, 2011

Italy and Switzerland: To Val Müstair and Bormio

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Inside the Benedictine Convent at Müstair (HDR)

On our summer European road trip, the Kangoo would next come to rest in Bormio, Italy.  Bormio sits at the base of Passo dello Stelvio a legendary road cycling climb.  We had a date in the coming days with this suffer fest of a bike climb.

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