La Madonnina del Gran Paradiso
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... Italian villages to pick up and drop off the locals going about their day - fascinating.
Arriving in Aosta, we weren't sure what to expect, but walking around, soon discovered the many ancient ruins from the days of the Roman Empire - arches, bridges, fortresses, towers, and even a huge Roman ampitheater.
The streets were made of stone and narrow and windy and fun ...
... uphill but since Aosta it has been pretty much uphill all of the way for 35km. It has been a great road though, with less traffic since the tunneled main road branched off. Just tourist traffic really - quite a few vintage cars and lots of motorbikes (on a Sunday). This will be our highest point for the trip, but there will be many more ups and downs still to ...
Until last night when Ian was reading some tourism literature I don't think any of us realised that they grow rice in Italy but today we have cycled through mile after mile of the stuff, interspersed with the odd patch of maize or other crop. It doesn't seem to be flooded like the paddies I have seen in Nepal but there is an extensive system of irrigation channels.
We were under way around 08:00 this morning. On the whole the roads have been a ...
... bathroom -- the only one we had seen during the entire hike.
Dinner that night-- our last in Italy-- included spaghetti with good ole regular pasta, which made Barbara very happy. We shared a table with two retired French men who, lucky for us, spoke good English, and we swapped stories of our various travels.
... was good, but odd: a great thick vegatable soup followed by meatballs on cabbage, instead of pasta (hey, we're in Italy - what's going on?!). Interesting company at dinner - a British guy and his Dutch wife, an Israeli guy travelling alone, and an American couple from Pennsylvania.
I think I kept the whole dorm room up with my snoring that night (or so Barbara tells me).