Sunday, September 5, 2010

Off to France

First stop Alba ,Piemonte in wine growing country.

We went on to Annecy with its crystal clear lake.

Near Annecy I went to a gorge where one goes through the gorge on a cantilevered walkway.

We returned to Avignon to see some things mainly out of the city.

Pont du Gard aqueduct. The Romans managed to build it with a gradient of 300mm every 1000m

At St Roman south of Avignon I visited a Monastery carved out of a rocky hilltop. 


Out of the way Avignon, in Rue Teinturiers

Other odd angles of Avignon

Thursday, August 5, 2010

July in the Apennines

I managed to find time to do some walking in the Apennines this month.

The first walk was from Prato Spilla to Mount Sillara and back. Unusually for this part of the Apennines it stayed nice all day.

Towards M Bocco
Lago Martini

Lago di Campione

Lago Sillara
M. Sillara

The view from M. Sillara
 I did another walk from Lago Santo in the Parmense to the Fugicchia Pass, which included a hair raising stretch with a forest on one side and a near shear drop down into Toscana on the other.
The Passo delle Guadine

Along the crest from M. Brusa

M. Scala

Sheep pens near Passo Fuicchia

Cap. Badignana
The last part ment a 400m climb back to M. Brusa and down to Lagdei.

I went a couple of times to Lago Santo in the Modenese and did two different walks,the second ending at Lago Nero in the province of Perugia.

Early morning cloud clearing at Lago Baccio

Monte Rondinaro from Rondinaio Lombardo
Rondinaio Lombardo
Towards the Finestra del Rondinaio
Decending From Finestra del Rondinaio

Lago Turchino
Lago Turchino a halfway point with a spring issuing lovely cold mountain water.

Lago Piatto
Lago Nero
Lago Nero
Lago Nero
Lago Nero was full of Alpine Newts.

Near Foce di Campolino
  The last walk I did was the Airone 2 in the Orecchiella Park near Lucca in Toscana. Nothing very special apart from the cliff edge section with a shear rockface above and a shear drop in front.

Airone 2
Chestnut woods