That I should take a break from posting about my European Travels and show the beauty of what’s happening around me in Australia’s Spring.
Melbourne is a big city but it has some havens for wildlife, especially bird life.
The Koroit Creek estuary is only a few kilometres from me and a wonderful place to see pelicans, spoonbills, egrets, herons, and swans
Laverton Creek estuary is a Ramsar site for migratory birds. There are so many birds there at the moment. I remember a couple of weeks back, a flock of red necked avocets flew overhead as I was cycling along. The sight took my breath away.
A short walk away from me in Newport Lakes, a beautiful urban forest with beautiful bush birds.
And a reptile or two as well.
Spring time is just so beautiful as nature comes to life. The heat of summer is yet to come, and warm dry days interchange with cooler damp ones.
It was 32c when I was there, so probably not the best day for a 30c hot spa, but it was still beautiful.
The stop for the night was Lago di Bolsena, Europe’s largest volcanic lake. The shores of the lake is dotted with camping grounds. Even in the peak of summer, there are spaces to pitch a tent.
The riding through southern Tuscany toward Rimini was beautiful – beautiful roads and beautiful villages.
In the peak of holidays there was no accommodation in Rimini but luckily the was up the mountain in San Marino. A short ride from Rimini
The team at Opificio Bike Store in Rimini are fantastic, and I can’t thank them enough. On their first day back from holidays, they serviced, the engine, brakes, and fitted new tyres. Not only that, invited me to the Moto Guzzi Clunhouse for dinner that night.
The club house is an old farm shed between Rimini and San Marino. From the clubhouse, one can see the lights of the city of San Marino perched up on the mountain.
San Marino is in Italy but not in Italy. It claims to be the oldest continuous repblic in the world and is a seperate country. One of the handful of strange micro states within Europe.
With the mighty breva serviced, it was time to head to Anconna to catch the night ferry to Split, Croatia.
Ok ok ok! I just skipped over Rome.
In many ways, August is a good time to visit Rome. Though it’s full of tourists, most of the city due to its population escaping for holidays. Hence, the streets and public transport were easy to get around on. It’s both a beautiful and contradictory place. I’ll let some photos do the talking.