Clear blue sky in Durness after breakfast; and wildlife everywhere: rabbits on the lawns, migrating birds and local sparrows feasting on feeders. The feast of topography is immediately apparent, the vertical cliffs and sandy beaches.
“Valley of the waterfalls”: the protected Val Genova enjoys melt water from the glaciers and snowfields of the Dolomite Alps above Lago di Garda and the skiing town of Pinzolo in Trentino.
Touring in Tuscany revisiting some of the places I first saw with the GLME Summercamp of 2004 based in Pomerance. This time we’re staying in Volterra, the town is not at the top of the tourist lists but it’s a walled hilltop town with an Etruscan archaeological site, a Roman theatre plus fantastic views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
Perennially popular with bikers, one approach to Volterra is a series of zigzags, another is a ridge road with views either side, the third is like an ideal Sussex or Shropshire road winding through farmland and small woods with the occasional blind bend to keep you really sharp.
A Casey Jones moment in the cab of a Groupo 940 steam locomotive at Piazza al Serchio in the Garfagnana of northern Tuscany. Fifty engines of this type were constructed in 1922-3, they hauled heavy mainline freight on the Apeninne lines up and down Italy. 940.002 arrived in Piazza al Serchio in 2015 and is presented as a monument. Italians describe the wheel configuration as 1-4-1, which would be Class 2-8-2 in England’s Whyte classification.