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Easter in Switzerland and not a sign of Spring. It was a long winter and way too long off the saddle. South was calling.

We jumped on a train to Bellinzona, Switzerland and started from there. Our 10-day trip brought us along Lake Maggiore, into Italy and across to Milan. From there it was a wonderful ride through Piemont's varied countryside down to the Italian Riviera. Quiet country roads brought us through Europe's greatest rice plains along the Po valley, the picturesque vineyard villages of Monferrato, the thermal waters of Acqui and crossing the Appennino we were greeted by a roaring, stormy Mediterranean.

Genoa couldn't have been a better finale with it's magnificent port and extravagant marble palaces. Need we mention food? We are talking Italy here... the best benzene for miles around!  (April '05)

Bellinzona


Lake Maggiore   


Kurt in Bellinzona


Darina in rice country  


Cathedral in Milan 


Vineyards of Monferrato 


Almond Blossoms 


Acqui thermal font


Magnolia Blossom


Italian Riviera


Genoa Port


Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Genoa

Piedmont, Italy

A rough idea of the route we took


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