The past week has gone so quickly and busily I haven't had a chance to chill out and blog! And this will be short-I will have to catch up when I have time!
John and I left cold and wet Mt Gambier - having left our four chooks with our butcher on his property at Yahl - and had a pleasant but long flight to Milan via Hong Kong. John will be touring with Bikestyle Tours for 10 days cycling around the northern Italian Alps. I am doing an eight day coach tour of the northern Italian lakes and we will meet up again in Milan at the end of our tours. I left John at the airport and caught a minibus to my hotel and the other passenger was a woman from McLaren Vale who had just flown in from Shanghai. She had gone to the Gold Coast/Port Adelaide football match and was now about to start a three week Italian tour. Talk about a small world!
Our tour group is a good mob with a mix of nationalities and a honeymoon couple from Singapore - so sweet! Our tour director is Romeo, an affable and enthusiastic chap.
The Galleries bull.
The idea here is you dig your heel into his...whatever...spin around three times whilst making a wish. It is supposed to come true.
Our first day out was last Sunday with a walking tour of Milan, a visit to the Monumentale Cemetery, noted for its abundance of artistic tombs and monuments, the beautiful Duomo Cathedral and a glimpse inside La Scala Opera House. In the afternoon we did the Lake Como boat tour and a walk around with a local guide before heading back to the hotel, we all tired and exhausted after a long day.
We drove north to the Italian lake districts, beautiful scenery along the way with snow covered alps with a tour of the beautiful botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto. No sooner had we checked into our hotel in Baveno we were on a private launch to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore and a visit to the magnificent palace Isola Bella with its gorgeous white peacocks. Wednesday we had a tour of Genoa, birthplace of Columbus, but none of us liked it very much! It wasn't a pretty city at all and was very crowded and the hillsides were built up with shoddy apartment buildings with all the washing hanging out of the windows. Quite a sight! Everyone rides a motor bike so we were on red
alert when wandering around.
Unfortunately John had a nasty fall during a ride a few days ago on his tour and spent six hours in hospital being x-rayed and bandaged up. His helmet and bike were broken and his riding kit ripped off. He was very lucky not to have any broken bones or been killed! but his scars may take some time to heal. I've had the pleasure of seeing all the damage over Skype! Unfortunately he won't be cycling for the rest of his tour but s still part of the tour group. I will catch up with him in Milan on Sunday.
The weather has been fantastic, hot and sunny, just how I like it!
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