Joy of travelling

Soave – Trieste

We wake up more and more early. It seems we feel the intensive time of nature, start to enter in the flow of universe. You can recognize it in some rare moments, for example when embraced by big mountains or when challanged by a particular situation. It seems guiding our choices through undercovered readable signs from planet earth.

We might wake up more and more early, also because we are free campers and this means to make a piece of ground yours, transform it into a home for one night and leave in the early morning to respect the people who might need it over the day.

There´s something good and at the same time uncomfortable about the morning. After cycling without break for some days the sleep seems not enough to regenerate the body, eyes are lazy to daylight and muscles still contracted. The soul is excited and the mind is focused on being active, having breakfast and starting a new fullfilling cycling day. At least this is how I generally feel the morning because Jannik is always super dynamic and fast, but also feeling some pain here and there.

The day we left Soave we had this feeling of something great coming. Leaving the city of wine to reach the city of classical renaissance is a good cultural step. The city of Vicenza, with 100.000 inhabitants, is the regional county seat of Veneto area (where Venice is also located). It´s interesting to visit the area because of art, agriculture and great natural landscapes. Vicenza is the place where my family has its origins, there´s many little roads with old houses and open squares opening your eyes on the artistic buildings of Andrea Palladio. A quiet nice place where to discover a piece of italian art puzzle.

Capture of the Palladian basilica

Flowed with the bikes on the Aida way to Padova, the two of us stop in the center of the city, relax and head on our way to Venice.

Nice way full of different landscape views, the only bad thing was to discover how much polluted is the north of Italy and to see that some areas of Magenta, a city near Venice, transformed in a kind of ghetto. There is a lot of social disease, many people look unsatisfied. By the way the roads are very organized and everywhere are signs for the cycling way.

There´s a long car bridge leading from the land to Venice. It seems an infinite way and an infinite sunset, while the air is thick, hard to breath and the sky looks beautiful but unnatural. Last time we crossed Venice it was with the sunrise. We came back with a ferry from Patras to reach Milan, where as mentioned in `Ready, Go!´ we had a longer break. It is interesting how family situations can bring people back to their hometown. If it wouldn´t be for this, many travellers would probably never stop exploring the world. Like Heinz Stuecke, who was for some time the most travelled man in the world and never came back home until he saw all the world on his bicycle. Admirable and sad at the same time.

The night atmosphere after a sunset is something great, as much as the morning. We catch a ferry tour of Venice and enjoy the romantic vibe flying above the city.

San Marco square in the background

Since is not allowed to enter Venice with the bikes Jannik and me decide to explore the natural coast of Jesolo, where the sea is amazing. Punta Sabbioni is a little village where the people really care about cleaning. The roads are almost shining and there´s no massive tourism. That´s a place to take some time to regenerate the body, through sea water and sunshine.

One of the signs that reminds you of being in the right flow of universe is exactly your body communication. The skin can become magically clean when you live at the seaside and your mucus production might reduce. Nature itself has all the receips to make humans live good, it´s up to them to do the best to get healthy. Nature, environment and choices define life.

Huge flames in the night

To Trieste, the last big city of east Italy, you can arrive with the Eurovelo I3 and from San Michele al tagliamento take the walking way of Google Maps. On the way there´s a special place called river Isonzo. It looks almost like a tropical paradise, wich in the past was considered as a sacred place dedicated to the european populations. I guess many many people bathed inside because it really feels like the water purify everything. The water is also almost as cold as the ocean in the winter and bathing inside is a challenging experience to excercise your mind. Jannik and me practise a breathing technique to put ourselves consciously inside the river. He teach me the way to breath. We slowly walk to the water and once inside the feet start to burn and hurt, like it´s totally wrong what we are doing. After some minutes I can feel my body accepted the cold and after swimming I have much less fear of cold. It works! The mind is super powerful and let you understand that you can do what you want if you really want it.

A quick and interesting tour of Trieste and we cannot wait to cross the border between Italy and Slovenia. Our curiosity is very near to take over our minds, but we keep on being patient and enjoy what we have in front of us.

Just some mountains to cross and we achieve a new country, that will lead us to new nice adventures.

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Ready, go!

Milan to Soave

We spent a long break from travelling in Milan and the two of us realized it was a very good experience to have our own house. Even if the city has a lot to offer, we really prefer to live in a good natural environment with nice people around and less pollution. This idea of good healthy living also inspired us to change our way of eating. Jannik eats mostly fruits and some vegetables, nuts and seeds and I eat mostly vegetarian and slowly sugar free. After we visited our families and worked three months in Milan to finance our next travel, we prepared ourselves and the bicycles for another adventure, beside this we found some places outside of Milan, where we could pick some fresh fruits from trees and slowly come back to nature. It wasn´t sure when we would start the travel and one day we woke up and decided: “Ok! We start next week. Ready, go!”

We said hello to the most near people one last time and started our way direction Istanbul! The way we took is called ciclovia Aida, also called I20 and it goes from west to east north Italy. In the last travel we had to face many bad car roades, so we decided to get more informations about cycling ways. Exactly in time we met Iris, a bike traveller like us, who is cycling with her dog. She gave us a tip about the website, where we found that cycling way. We started from Milan and cycled over Naviglio Martesana, it´s very beautiful and brings you to the river Adda. After this you take the official way to the lakes Iseo and Garda, this is where we went, or you can decide to follow a way that goes north. The way we took goes east to Trieste, it follows water and it’s really various. You will cycle near rivers, through cities and woods and you can pitch your tent on fields with a bright sunset view.

At Lake Iseo we made a very good meeting, we stopped for two days at the house of my grandmother. We already had the fantasy to create a farm in the future, where to settle for half a year and travel the other half, so since the neighbours of my grandma have a farm, we took the chance and spoke with them about what is needed to manage your own farm, around a table full of fresh food, grown by them in their own garden. In Vigolo, this is the name of the village, we also had some nice walks in the mountains and relaxing times in the garden with a great view on the Iseo lake and the valley full of different green trees. Special thanks to Raimonda and Fiorenzo, who told us all their little secrets about farming and gave us more conscoiusness of what it means to really care about your own land. In exchange we could give them some of our food as well and share stories of the last travels.

Time for us to move again! The next days we had a rainy night without problems, a cloudy and windy, but beautiful day at Garda lake, a quick tour through the city of Verona and the place where this article has been written, Soave. The village is incredible, it´s famous for an old, but good looking castle and for the production of wine, there´s kilometers of grape plants! We slept in a field in the hills with a spectacular view, the plants are perfectly in order like the stones of a building and the sunset in the sky is just perfect. Next days we are heading to Trieste, last big city before we leave Italy, once again for new adventures, meeting and knowledge.

A dear hello from Tumi to all our readers!