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

Breakfast near Marsala
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A lot less windy, but not necessarily less cold, as you can tell from Joh’s outfit.

Good Morning Marsala
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A nice place near the beach… … next to salinas… …which were visited by a horde of tourists when we woke up. In addition, it was so windy that breakfast had to be postponed to another location.

Gibellina (Old Town)
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Ruderi di Gibellina (as the ruins of the city are now referred to) remained just as it was after the earthquake, practically a ghost-town. Artist Alberto Burri covered the entirety of the ruins in concrete, while preserving the streetscape. This … Read More

Gibellina (New Town)
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Gibellina was destroyed by the 1968 Belice earthquake. The new city, Gibellina Nuova, was rebuilt some 11 kilometres (7 mi) distant from the old one. The new city was designed by many of the most prominent artists and architects in … Read More

Lunch in Palermo, With Music and Frequently Open Door
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95% of Italians, including the restaurant staff, left the door open when they entered or left the restaurant. It was freezing cold outside!

Chairs in Palermo II
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Probably a fortuneteller. She was not there, so no fortune was told and the chair remained unused.

Palermo Living
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There are many details how living is different in Palermo. Here are 2 of them: Mail is piled up in the hall way, since the letter boxes have not yet been installed and a basket is lowered by an old … Read More

Ozcar in Palermo
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We rented an appartment for 2 nights to wash ourselves and the clothes – and to insert a “home office” working day. This home office working day was announced to our colleagues in the offices. We both felt that we … Read More

Punta delle Due Rocche to Palermo
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Another great off road day! We drove a track which was posted on Wikiloc. It had nice orange “KTM” plastic bands as markers, so it must have been used by motor bike drivers. Some passages were challenging and the landscape … Read More

KTM Track Led to Interaction with Farmers
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From time to time, the track had nice markers. Suddenly, it disappeared in a freshly sown field. Luckily, the two farmers were still active with their tractor and walked over to find out what we were up to. We showed … Read More

Washed Away Roads
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Both were drivable, for a change.

San Biagio to Punta delle Due Rocche
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Today had some very nice off-road driving. We started to follow a track from Wikiloc, which in the first part was clearly fit for motor bikes only. Some passages took us 5-10 minutes, other parts were simply not driveable by car. … Read More

Snack Off Road
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Too bad, we are not yet looking for a place to sleep – this one was perfect, with a nice view of Etna (again!) We finished E’s eel (Joh’s Christmas present).

Chair in Borgo Baccarato, Sicily (Italy)
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This is one of the top chairs! It looks like the owner has left a minute ago. It is situated in a corner, almost invisible but nicely placed to control the spot.

Borgo Baccarato
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This left town “dates back to the Fascist period, when the government of the time implements an ambitious breeding program, the center of a political revival of disadvantaged campaigns, an integral part of the agrarian reform of the vast latifundia … Read More

Road Washed Away
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… and the way around it crossing the fields. It was quite steep but easy to drive in low gear. We even went back up again backwards and forwards to try out Ozcar.

Donkey Waiting
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He was part of a small “salami herd”.

Road Closed by Gate – Almost
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How useful and aesthetic!

Road Closed?
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This sign was in both directions of the road. We ignored it. The road was fine.

Track Broken
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We followed a track from Wikiloc – apparently, it was for motor bikes. Some passages were too narrow, and this one not drivable with a car.

Good Morning San Baglio
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We left the Wifi Dinner place with some alcohol and tired and picked the first suitable place for the night, on Lago di Pergusa. We woke up in piles of trash. No place to enjoy coffee! “The lake is encircled … Read More

Veggie Wifi Dinner in Pergusa Near Enna
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We ordered a grill platter for 2. The pile of meat was more than enough. Good food, good Wifi.

Troina
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Off-Road Track Fail
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The downloaded track did not work for us today. Although we ignored blocked road signs (and got through perfectly), the river was too muddy to cross (travel with 2 cars!!) and the bridge was too low to pass with Ozcar.

Etna
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This volcano is amazing. The snow and the melting snow on the lava fields are impressive.

Off-Road Fail near Andrano
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We decided to drive an off-road track starting in Adrano, so let’s go to Adrano! Here is what happened – we tried to get on to the track and ended up in a mess. The original track found on wikiloc went through … Read More

Blogging on the Speedboat back from Stromboli
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Good LTE coverage and power sockets on the speedboat! We use the time for exchanging pictures and blogging.

Joh on Stromboli – at 1:25 in the Morning
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It turns out that we could witness some very nice eruptions from a smaller crater on the way up. There are actually 7 craters with 2 craters being active. On the top, we were covered by sulphuric steam and could … Read More

Our couch
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We slept on this couch with a cat on A’s legs. Comfy, and perfect couchsurfing style.

Ready to Go for Stromboli
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Here is a video by some volcano researchers who climbed Stromboli in day light. Please ignore the helmets… Here is another, more detailed video. These guys took the old route, which we also took. At 700 m, there seems to be … Read More

New Year’s Eve Dinner with Friends
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We are staying couchsurfing at Eliane and Mario. They invite us to join New Year’s Eve dinner at their friends. We brought Swiss raclette ovens, cheese, potatoes, garlic and onion and a bottle of Swiss wine to the party. It … Read More

Spontaneous Question: Do you Want to Go Up?
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Eliane and Mario waited for us at the pier. On the way back, Mario asks if we would like to hike up to the crater. Of course, what a question! We need hiking boots, which Joh brought and A did not, … Read More

Couchsurfing at Eliane and Mario
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Joh found a couchsurfing hosts on Stromboli. We are staying 3 min walking distance from the pier.

Ozcar at the Car Storage
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Today, we are leaving for Stromboli by speed boat. Ozcar has to spend New Year’s alone at Adige garage. We had to leave the keys so he can be moved around – and he will stay unlocked during the time.

Good Morning Schiso
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As Joh had expected, the harbor was full of fishermen in the morning. A group of divers gathered for diving. So we had no place to do the morning routines and have a nice breakfast – and we drove on … Read More

Wifi Dinner at Schiso
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We chose the restaurant for its Wifi, had a nice fish with excellent service and spent 4h in total getting our blogs up to date after departure in Pfaffenbühl. Doing it daily was not possible due to bandwidth restrictions. Updating … Read More

Another Washed-Away Road
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A local, who had worked in Switzerland, told us that the passage is not drivable – of course, it was!

Tunnel Road Washed Away
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Some tunnels in, we discovered the reason for the road block: Rain falls had washed away the road completely. To circumvent the spot, we would have to cut down two olive trees by half each. We decided to remain in … Read More

Road with Tunnels
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We found a nice country road with a lot of tunnels. The road was officially closed, which did not prevent us from entering it. The road was in perfect shape with a red lane on the left. The tunnels had … Read More

Here I come, Madonna!
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We were driving an off-road track in the snow when we passed by a figure of the saint madonna. To demonstrate my humbleness, I walked up to her bare-footed. The picture shows me on the way back.

Good Morning Capo Mulini
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Breakfast on a beautiful beach, if one ignores the omnipresent trash.

Snow Near Borgo Morfia on the Way to the South Coast of Sicily
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We are trying to escape the wind – and it looks like we have to exchange for cold.

Remember Jordan and Egypt
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Sicily is dirty, almost everywhere people live or travel.

Racing in a River Bed
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We were happy to drive a 4WD Defender in this rough terrain when we met these guys riding this Piaggio Ape.

Taking a Bath in the Wild Mediterrean
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This boat got damaged in a storm on 16 July 2016 – thanks to Youtube, we know how it happened.

A invented a protection system for the roof top tent
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Since Andalusia 2015, we have a rope over the top of the tent to protect it from being torn in heavy wind. This time, we had to add an extra protection on one side.

Good Morning Piano del Forno Mezzana
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The evening already started stormy and the weather forecast predicted more to come: 6 Beaufort with 8-9 Beaufort in gusts. The night was very stormy!

Good Morning Agnone
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Breakfast on the coast.

Amalfi Coast, the Famous
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Many references in Wikipedia.

Pompeii VIII
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This is probably one of the most cited pictures of Italy.

Pompeii V
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The site combines dig with modern art, actually a quite varied approach to make the stones more appealing. V

Pompeii III – Icarus
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One of the Icarus statues is feminine – why not?

Good Morning Latina
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Waking up on the Beach after selecting the place to sleep in the dark. We are getting better at finding cool places to stay at night!

Good Morning Oggiono
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A very nice place – found at night!

4 way selfie
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Joh, J, C and A.

Teamwork at Pfaffenbühl
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Bri and E teamworking for the Christmas dinner.

Getting Ready at Husertal
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Ozcar has a new boxes concept which required to take out the last seat row/ 2 seats. Because until tomorrow, the second seat row is in use, the boxes pile up a little.