Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18: Around Bergamo

Would you like fries with that?

All dressed up for Easter (NOT one of our bikes!)

Morning rush hour outside our B&B

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17: WineCentral

Filling the tank with vino rosso

Winemaker Luigi (yes, that's his real name!)
presents us with a bottle of his Super Rossa

April 16: First night in Italy

Dinner in Bergamo
Sunset view from la terrazza
Our delightful waitress

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15: L'Enfer du Nord

The annual bicycle race from Paris to Roubaix passes through "L'Enfer du Nord" (hell of the north), an area devastated by two World Wars. Today, in the peaceful Arenberg Forest in northeastern France, cyclists battle their way over 50+ kilometers of cobblestone roads. 

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April 14: Paris-Roubaix

We got to witness of one of the spring classic bike races, Paris-Roubaix – a grueling 250 km endurance race, much of it over cobblestone roads.

John came prepared with Belgian beer and baguettes
The peloton in the famed Arenberg forest
Bradley Wiggins has a narrow lead with 15km to go
Crowd cheers as Niki Terpstra solos to victory
Minutes after the racers had passed by

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 13: Outside Bruges

Poplars along the canals

John on our very own "Tour de Flanders"
Cycling from Bruges to Damme, Belgium