Gary and Lucy

Gary and Lucy

Gary and Lucy

Jacked in our jobs. Living the Dream. You only live once and we intend to LIVE IT!!

We plan to travel on and off for the next few years, contracting in between trips to save money and pay off trips we've been on.

So, so far we have worked two ski seasons (one in Zermatt, Switzerland and one in Chamonix, France), toured Italy on a motorbike for 2 months and spent a month white water rafting and wild camping in the grand canyon. Our next planned trip is approximately 6 months backpacking South East Asia. 😊

This blog is less of a blog and more of a travel diary for our friends at home. Anybody is more than welcome to read this of course, just don't expect great literary feats.


until our South East Asia Adventure

Here is our Italy map still - what an adventure!

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Italian Adventure

Day 1 Hertford to Dover, Calais night in ReimsDay 2 Reims to Bourg-en-BrasseDay 3 Bourg-en-Brasse to Pont in Gran Paradiso National Park via Petit St Bernard PassDay 4 Hike and stay in Gran Paradiso ParkDay 5 Gran Paradiso Park to Pettenasco on Lake Orta via BiellaDay 6 Stay in Pettenasco in a caravan to keep out of the rainDay 7 Pettenasco on Lake Orta to Bellagio on Lake ComoDay 8 stay at BellagioDay 9 Stay at BellagioDay 10 Bellagio to BergamoDay 11 stay in BergamoDay 12 Bergamo to Verona via Lake Iseo and Lake GardaDay 13 Stay at VeronaDay 14 Stay at VeronaDay 15 Stay at VeronaDay 16 Verona to Venice on the train and back again

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Castellina in Chianti July 10th 2011

Monday 4th July We said our goodbyes to our friends who were over for the MotoGP and hit the autostrade to get to Tuscany as quick as possible. At 9am it was already roasting hot. I did start to worry as we made it to Tuscany and there were lots of industrial areas.....but after turning on to the main road for Castellina in Chianti the rolling Tuscan hills open up in front of us. Vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see with rustic farmhouses dotted everywhere. We had made it to Chianti Country - Heaven! Italians have a style of accommodation called Agritourismo. Were you can rent a room or an apartment on a working farm. Ours was an olive farm. They also made salami from local wide boars. We didn't get ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Scarperia July 3rd 2011

Monday 27th June So today we planned to do all the proper sights and museums and churches of Verona and set off for town to buy our Verona Card that would, for a one off fee, get us entry to all sights and use of the towns buses. Hmm the first sight, the museum of Modern Art with a good photography exhibition....shut. Hmmm, the 2nd sight on our list, shut. Ooops! Everything is shut on a Monday rather than a Sunday as we thought, so that they could make more money from the weekend tourists. So we looked at all the sights from the outside instead. We found Juliette's Balcony and her statue with lots of people rubbing its right breast for better luck in love.....the way I see it, they are all gathering germs from ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona June 26th 2011

Sunday 19th June We wake up to a lovely sunny day and hit the road bound for Lake Como. Como itself was busy and very town-y, we're drove through zig zagging through the town in heavy traffic due to the now legendary Italian signage. Both glad we didn't book to stay in Como while on Lake Como. We finally found the road to Bellagio, a fantastic flowing road which would have been an amazing ride had it not been for the millions of other cars slowly winding through. A procession of lovely old Fiat's passed us, there must've been about 50 of them! Lake Como was glistening in the sun, dotted with boats of all sizes. The shores were little towns dotted along, plenty of villas....and palaces, restaurants every few hundred metres of less. Now this ... read more

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Pettenasco June 18th 2011

Monday 13th June Up at stupid o'clock to get an 9 o'clock ferry from Dover. Rain and fog all the way, we're really glad to see the back of the UK for a few weeks. Calais – same as the UK!! more rain! Hit the peage to get to Reims asap. Which, fortunately, was sunny on arrival. A brief walk in to town, and beer while sitting in the sun, watching the world go by. (Lucy would like to mention how nice the trees smelt with there upside down yellow flowers!) Back to the hostel, and a picnic in the park with a bottle of the local vino. :) Tuesday 14th June Wake up to more rain, decision made....... hit the peage and get south for some sun! Several hours riding south, the sun finally breaks ... read more
Snow in June!
Looking down to bourg st maurice
The ant invested waterfall in Grand Paradiso

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hertfordshire » Hertford June 6th 2011

So, one week to go. Sitting on the boat with our clothes, camping kit and lots of books about Italy around us, trying to figure out how on earth to fit it all into our bike luggage. Gary has figured out that we have 90L of space which is basically one small suitcase between us - FUN! Gary would like to use the other F word..... The ferry is booked for silly o'clock next Monday and our first night in Reims, France. We have tickets booked for the MotoGP in Mugello on 3rd and 4th July and a hotel with mates the night after. That is all we have booked, the rest is going to be a big adventure. Can't wait to leave the rain and hit the Italian countryside. The bike has had a bit ... read more

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