Hello the Italy! -Via Aurelia

A little more than a year ago, we pédalions on a Roman road, the via Claudia Augusta, and Thomas asked me in marriage. For our honeymoon early, we are again on an old Roman road: via Aurelia.

Well, okay, it had not calculated the coup, but it's rather pretty, non? For the record, the via Aurelia was constructed from 241 before J - C. In 13 BC, it connects Arles to Rome; It permits to Jules César to go from a city to another with his escort in just 8 days!

We arrived in Italy a week ago. The rest day in camping-banana-zoo of San Remo was well beneficial to us, we did the full of energy, allowing us to pedal 5 days away.

The road and landscape

3 days and a half aside, 1 day and half mountain (and thence to kick we had quite a lot of sides - attention to the play on words). The side was sometimes a little responsible level traffic, but superb. We crossed full of small villages to the multicoloured houses (but still green shutters! Anyone know why all the panes in Italy are green?). It is rather hilly: there are hills, and between two, a mouth of river around which the village is built. Between two villages, superb road at the edge of the sea.

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The sea, let's talk about it! Blues from turquoise to blue night, calm as a Lake most of the time, and probably in 25 °. It is there bath hyper easily, it is really too well after a day of cycling! On the other hand, it finds still there is a shower not far because the Mediterranean is really salty! And it's not top of pedaling full of salt...

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A small beautiful island...

Since last weekend, we feel that the season is over here despite the great Sun we have. The campsites are almost all closed, one sees people who dismantle the huts and small beach restaurants. It sometimes has a sad look; but it has the advantage of having very few people in beautiful places!

Mountain side: Thursday afternoon, we climbed 600 m elevation difference in 2 h 10 km... Hard, hard, instantly! We spent the night up there, next to the Passo del Braco, this is the first pass of our journey. In the morning, we have seen (and heard!) away some ibex. We then took advantage of a morning of gentle descent. We were in the countryside, some villages sometimes, but we had the impression of being in the middle of the Alps. It was really nice!

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Genes

Small passage in Genoa)Genova in Italian) Wednesday: we were surprised! After an entry in the city quite ugly and unpleasant - as often with big cities in cycling-, we found an old well maintained town. A maze of narrow streets all small near the port, a cultural mix and a sense of a city alive and well even in touristic places. In short, it's worth the detour!

In Genoa and the surrounding area, we looked at with attention and fun the facades of the houses: they are almost all painted with tubal - eye! It gives the impression of facades hyper luxurious and worked so that... well it is all flat. But it is an art to do it in the corner, and it's a bit that will make it possible the more real!

Yum, yum - and food then?

We often question... So yes, we eat very well!

As it said you last week, continues to make dishes. Aubergines, courgettes, leeks, tomatoes, etc. accompany our dishes of pasta, rice and other starchy blends. Suddenly, he must do some races every day, but it is my small pleasure to discover the store shelves, observe the entire aisles of packages of pasta...
Our pride level kitchen this week: we made pancakes! Ok, for our friends the Britons, they were p' be not as good as your grandmothers; but it was really exciting tasty to eat crepes at a campsite with a small gas stove and a non-stick pan! To redo!
In our culinary experiments, ago also the breakfast of champions: a hot mixture of muesli, bananas, spices and honey. Much effective for stall us until noon!
Two from recipes from our the bike kitchen BibleYou douterez!

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Workshop pancakes!

Mais découvrir un pays c’est aussi découvrir sa gastronomie. Les pizzas et les glaces sont réputées en Italie : eh ben nos expériences cette semaine nous montrent que ce n’est pas pour rien 🙂

-Two different pizzas: hyper soft dough, a true taste of pizza, it has not stopped exclaimed while eating!

- And ice: fans, the Italy is for you! Good already, we chose the cornet: the big cone 4 scoops is to... 3 euros! The saleswoman has limit excused before our astounded tunes by saying yes, "it is true, in France it's more expensive" (and all in french, please!). Then, ice as much as sherbets have a true taste, full of flavor in every perfume! In short, I eagerly await the next!

-Cafes: here the espresso is very... small! The elongated corresponds to our french espresso. But it tasted with great pleasure, they know how to make good coffee these Italians!

-Our surprise/disappointment: the thick cream seems not to exist here! Were not found at the supermarket, and our host warmshower We confirmed that he did not know, and they cooked in oil here. No cream, blow to the Norman of adoption that I am!

Meetings

If we were to hold that a single thing from this week, it would be ca...
Tuesday, it's grey, a few drops of rain fall. In a village, a cyclo challenges us to have his chain grease. In discussing a little, one learns that it is English and goes to Rome by bike. We are going in the same direction then we decide to make a piece of road together. 3-4 km later, at the roadside, 3 other cyclists: two Croats and a Spaniard. We stop to exchange a few words, when 5 minutes after, arrive 2 young Americans, cyclo also. It's amazing! It is out of season and we cross enough bit of cyclo in normal times. And there, in an hour, we find ourselves at 8! We will all to Genoa, then're us off all 8 in a joyous cacophony in English, all happy beautiful chance that made us find us.
After a somewhat epic search for a corner to spend the night, we find a picnic area on the heights of Genoa, with several areas of stone BBQ. This is the top! And even the rain that began to fall at paid during dinner (that we turn therefore to the fireside), then a good part of the night, does not interfere with our good mood. The next day, we start again with the two Americans till noon.
Short, even if we have not necessarily all the same pace, it is really nice to go a long way with others sometimes! It is hoped that there will be other occasions!

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In the funny anecdotes level meetings: twice when we looked our way, people we have explained the road then ended by saying "i can show you"; and we are trying to follow bike, a scooter or a motorcycle! Bah Yes, here everyone seems to circulate to motorcycle or scooter!
The car parks are impressive! We'll try to get some photos.

Otherwise people are super nice when they see us with all our loading. We no longer count the number of "ciao" horns with a large cuckoos of the hand, the little words of encouragement from people who double us; and it is especially cyclists in road bike or mountain bike (really very many in the corner: more than 100 cyclists in 40 minutes counted Sunday morning)!

Okay, I'm a bit too talkative ptetre this week! But we live so much in a short time and we want to tell you everything!

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Superb first week in Italy!