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The film „Tea with Mussolini“ gave us the idea to travel to Tuscany, more precisely to visit San Gimignano. However, several years passed between the idea and the action. We are that kind of people, who for example plan to travel to Amsterdam from time to time and then end up in Berlin, Oslo or Paris. We saw Amsterdam when we planned to go somewhere else.
But now to Italy, especially Tuscany. It was in 2012, we took a vacation in May because we are not big fans of summer heat (haha). Back then we had a GoldWing 1200 Aspencade, with which we set out.
At the Gedser ferry to Rostock.
May 13, 2012
First we went from Rødvig (via the Gedser-Rostock ferry, Lauenburg and Lüneburg Heath) to Bad Münder at Deister to visit friends. Then we took the car train from Hildesheim to Munich. The train leaves Hamburg-Altona in the late afternoon and arrives in Munich around 7 a.m. Cars are added to the train in Hildesheim. For the loading, which was an adventure in itself, we had to appear early and then had a few hours to enjoy ourselves in Hildesheim. Without a means of transport, it didn’t really work out like that, and the sidewalks around the train station were folded up (meaning that we were in the middle of nowhere). There were only drinks from the machine, and on top of everything it was cold. I was happy about my thick jacket. And not only the jacket was thick at the time … [and now for that matter].
We had a sleeping cabin just for ourselves, even with a small bathroom. That turned out to be a mistake because the beds were awful and you slid back and forth or up and down in the curves as you want to look at it. You slept across the cabin, not lengthways, so when sliding in curves, it was either the feet or the head that bumped into the wall.
May 14, 2012
When we arrived in Munich in the morning, it was 4 degrees Celsius MINUS. We had apparently chosen the year with the coldest May in a long time. But the temperature rose rapidly and became more comfortable. Into Austria, our way led us on the Brenner motorway, which is very nicely laid out for a motorway, at least when you are on it.
Rest area impressions:
We saw some beautiful little places along the way including one with a small single-family castle (Colma), and decided to take the country road on the way back to take a closer look at the small towns.
The following photos I took from the motorcycle while driving.
Our first place to spend the night was Auer or Ora. We were in Tyrol, where everything is signposted in two languages, German and Italian. We stayed at Hotel Markushof. We can recommend it! Nice people, nice rooms, good food, what more can one wish for, and not expensive. Actually, the hotel also had a camping site, and the bike could be parked in an underground garage, perfect. (This is unpaid advertising. I would stay there again anytime!)
We liked the place and the surroundings so much that we decided to stay an extra day. After all, we didn’t have a fixed schedule.
(To be continued)