Switzerland, Rothrist, 31 July – 01 August 2017

Great ride from Turin to Switzerland over the St.Bernard pass. I went on a day trip by train to Interlaken to watch the Swiss National Day parade.

Swiss National Day parade, Interlaken

 

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Italy, Turin, 28 – 30 July 2017

Genoa to Turin, I planned a scenic route through the mountains, 200 km in 5 hours, great ride going up to 1000 m. I took the freeway just to get out of the built up area and then turned off into the mountains.

Turin – population 2.2 million, the old town has many piazza’s, pedestrian only areas and beautiful buildings. It was the original capital of Italy. There are trams, busses and one Metro line, cost of a single ride is E1.50. It is also the cleanest Italian city I have visited.

The Automobile Museum in Lingotto, it is one of the best I have ever visited, well laid out with English translations. Close to the museum is Eataly, an interesting Restaurant / Grocery store.

 

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Italy, Genoa, 25 – 27 July 2017

Another ferry trip to get from Bastia, Corsica to Genoa, Italy, a 10 hour journey, departed at 2145 (45 min late) and arrived at 0715 (15 min late) the next day. Cost 34.63 euro that includes a discount of 7.50 euro from the previous trip, cheap compared to the other ferry trips.

Genoa, a big port city, population 1.5 million and the birth place of Christopher Columbus, the old town is well preserved and a good place to walk around. Public transport consists of Trains, Busses and one Metro line, I only used the train 1.60 euro a ride valid for 100 minutes on all forms of transport.

I took the train to Sturla station and walked to Boccadasse a picturesque village with a tiny rocky beach and from there walked along the Corso Italia a beautiful promenade along the coast all the way back to Genoa.

Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi, another great walk but quite different from the Corso Italia, this one is narrow and hugs the rocky cliffs around Nervi and it has a red carpet along its full length of 1.8 km. I took the train to Nervi station and as the station is in the middle of the walk I had to walk up to one end and then walk to the other end and back again.

 

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France, Corsica, Bastia, 22 – 24 July 2017

At Corte I could not upload pictures to my blog and at Bastia the Internet at the place I was staying at was broken so I am catching up now.

From Corte I rode to Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napolean Bonaparte, more for the ride than anything else and then back through Corte to Bastia, should have taken a different route coming back but anyway great ride through the mountains regardless.

Note: Corsica is an expensive place, prices are almost double that of Sardinia and much more expensive than the mainland

Bastia, a port city, quite big and busy, not a bad place to wander around.

I visited the museum here, very few English translations, the most interesting part was the archaeological ship salvage of a Wine transport ship from 20-40 AD and the videos. After that the Cathedral and a couple of churches squashed between buildings.

 

Finally on my last day I rode around Cape Corse, the peninsula sticking out at the top of the island, the Eastern side  has the beaches and the Western side has the cliffs and is very windy, I nearly got blown over the cliff a couple of times hahaha, scary ride. There was also a huge bush fire which went on all night and was visible from the ferry as I departed the island that evening.

 

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France, Corsica, Corte, 20 – 21 July 2017

Sassari, Sardinia to Corte in Corsica. First stop out of Sassari was Castelsardo, a seaside town full of tourists for some pictures and then on to Santa Teresa Gallura which is where the ferry leaves for Bonifacio, Corsica. Good ride to the town where I arrived at 1200 and had lunch then to the tiny port at 1300, still 2 hours to go before departure at 1500. I bought my ticket online from Moby in advance for 48.35 euro which is quite expensive for a one hour journey. You can buy your ticket at the port and people were arriving to catch the ferry right upto when they started boarding at 1430.

Bonifacio – perched on a cliff, packed with tourists, took a few pictures from the top and rode along the coast which is very crowded with lots of traffic, not what I expected. Finally turned off the coast road for the last one third of the journey to Corte and from there it was a good ride through the mountains.

Corte – a fairly large town in the hills with a university campus, one main street with a few expensive cafe’s and not much else.

 

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Italy, Sardinia, Sassari, 18 – 19 July 2017

Cagliari to Sassari isn’t very far so I stopped at a few places along the way to take pictures. First the Nuraghe di Barumini, next Arutas Beach, white sand, small and crowded, next Santa Caterina di Pittinuri a small seaside town with a rocky beach, next Bosa another seaside town and finally Alghero, you guessed it, a bigger seaside town. The ride was through the mountains with endless curves, motorcycling paradise.

Sassari – one of the nicest places I have been to in Italy. The old town is well preserved with many small piazzas, cafes and restaurants, great place to wander around.