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!

Moments

We puplish a new series called ‘Moments’. In this series its about moments we captured on the road with photos, that gets re-created now with a painting and the story behind.

San Nicola l’Arena

This painting reflects a situation last year in Sicily in Italy. It was somewhen in december, the day started with a clear blue sky and sunshine laying over the mountains. We went to the harbour of San Nicola l’Arena to visit our new friend Munro, an english grown old, but young remained gentleman, who we met the night before in one of the five bars of this village. He lives on his boat in the port of San Nicola l’Arena, which is 30 kilometer near to Palermo, the biggest city in Sicily. When you are here, you don’t feel close to a big city, the time seems to move different in this village, the people are welcoming and the atmosphere is like a summer, that never ended.

Munro showed us around his boat, introduced us to his dog ‘Safran’, who is the co-captain of the 13-meter long ship and offered some of his 5 kilo package of clementines, oranges and lemons, which he received by one of his neighbors the other day. He is really a cool, laid-back english man, who seems to took the right decission to use his pension for living on a boat in this timeless village.

Here, in this place, everyone seems to be a neighbor and the people care about each other. In the bar, where we went the night before, we almost met everyone, who we saw the next days around this village.

Another man, who became a friend, is Valerio. He looks like an actor and has an intellectual vibration around him. The two nights, we stayed in San Nicola l’arena, we stayed at his place. Valerio works in the prison and creates theather activities together with the inmates. He is a writer, who puplished some books and when you come to his home, you really see that writing is his passion. Beside a pretty empty fridge, because this man just eats one time a day, you find a laptop on the kitchen table, always open and ready to get used for the moment, when the creativity strikes in.

One morning we accidentally left the key for the door inside his house and while figuring out how to get in again, we met Veronica, who was living near and tried to help us with the sicilian way of opening doors. Without success, we ended up in her kitchen, drinking a good coffee and sharing some stories.

When we came to the port to visit Munro, we had one unspoken wish and while eating some of the juicy clementines on his boat, the dream became true and Munro invited us for taking a little drive out to the sea. He prepared the boat together with Safran and half an hour later we were already laying on the deck with fresh cold beers, surrounded by the mediterranean sea and a view, that deserves more than just being captured as a photo…and this is the painting of it by Isabel and the story behind by Jannik!

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