Christmas and New Year’s Off Roading in Sicily
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23 December 2016 till 13 January 2017 (3 weeks). We gave Italy a second chance for off road driving. And Italy did a good job! Sicily clearly levels up with Andalusia in off road driving. There is a plethora of … Read More

Berne to Husertal
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After another home office day in Berne, where Joh lives when she works in Berne, which she did today, we returned home to Husertal.

Walking Around in Berne
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Joh and I had our second planned working day tomorrow. Joh works from her office and A works from Joh’s appartment. Since Raffa, Joh’s sicilian (sic!) flat mate is late, we open a bottle of red wine and start a … Read More

Staying with Bri in Rovio
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Hot showers! Room temperatures on the way from bed to toilet at night! What a luxury. We are lucky to have Bri hosting us in Switzerland just some kilometers from the Italian border.

Chair in Ovieto
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Thanks Joh for finding this.

Mount Vesuvius is Not Reachable
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We tried to get up via 2 routes.The first would have offered a nice Mercedes Unimog tour up to the crater – in summer, when hordes of tourists can be expected. The second had a blocked road, which we ignored. … Read More

Chair Below Mount Vesuvius
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Thanks Joh for spotting this one!

Good Morning Mount Vesuvius
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We entered the Mount Vesuv National Park passing a bar blocking the entry, because we were really tired of driving and looking for a spot without piles of trash. Come on Italians! You dress so elegantly. Your food is pure culture. … Read More

Avola to Mount Vesuvius
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Today was a lot of driving and few photos. The first day of our trip back.

Snow Chains Required
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For about 10 km, several signs advised us to carry snow chains. In Falerno, everybody had to exit the highway, pass by a police car and leave to smaller roads when they could not present snow chains – or had … Read More

Bridge Between Ragusa and Modica
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The canyon between Ragusa and Modica is one of the best off-road areas in Sicily. Ragusa industrial zone has ALL car dealers and repair shops (“Servizio”) and the canyon is fun to drive.

Driving Through a Bamboo Jungle
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Actually, this was hard work. While we took turns driving, one always walked in front and lifted the bamboo over Ozcar’s top. Lots(!) of scratches to the sides of Ozcar were unavoidable. We will see the results once the mud … Read More

Ozcar is Well Again
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At 8:30, we were at SergioTumino car dealership and “Servizio”. They healed Ozcar! We left at 12:00. They replaced the fuel filter – and the hiccup problem is gone!

Good Morning Ragusa
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We checked the repair shop location yesterday evening and spent the night 10 minutes away in the fields. Our coldest night so far: When we woke up, the thermometer showed minus 1 degree Celsius. The new Ikea cover did a … Read More

Ozcar’s Hiccups
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Driving up to Caltabellotta made Ozcar’s latent hiccuo problem surface once more. We decided to go to a Land Rover/ Ford repair shop tomorrow to get the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) fixed. This problem was already present when we started at … Read More

Caltabellotta
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We got stuck in the village and had to turn due to streets covered with ice and other people turning around. All streets are barely wide enough for one car, so it took a while to make several cars, including … Read More

Posing in Sciacca Harbor
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Our morning was relaxed. We enjoyed the warm sun. We sat in the windshield of the car and just watched the harbor action going on.

Good Morning Sciacca
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After a fun dinner at a nice fish restaurant in the old harbor, we stayed in the Harbor – together with a couple of motor homes. Dinner was fun watching an Italian TV show confronting people with episodes and related … Read More

Poggioreale Vecchia, Destroyed by the Earthquake
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Poggioreale was destroyed by the Belice Valley earthquake in 1968, and eventually rebuilt in a safer place a few kilometers away, causing the entire population to be moved there.

Mud Fail
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We suspected that we would fail going up the hill – and we were right. We barely made it 3 m in before sliding backwards. No mud terrain tires – no off terrain tour.

Coffee and Sweets in Gibellina
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We usually don’t return to places, that we have visited before. But Gibellina was en route of a Wikiloc track. The newspaper talks about the unusual weather situation. Colorful, mainly round shapes.

Wake Up Call in Mud Hole
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Suddenly, Joh found herself stuck in mud. Ozcar does not have mud terrain tires. Getting out to have a look helps – even though wearing elegant sneakers! Joh happy she came free after some intensive rocking back and forth. Mud … Read More

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