Iceland is a land that teaches. The nature here is strong, omnipresent, mistress, and leads the game. The game of light, for example, that in summer cheats the mind and with the midnight sun invites you to never sleep: it expands the time, multiplies the possibilities.
It all started and ended in Marrakech, our port of entry and exit from a country full of amazing places.
By partnering with Elena Hall of Blue Men of Morocco, we have known this land in the best way possible: Elena organized the itinerary, booked the hotels and chose an experienced driver who guided us to the south.
The first thing is the road.
From Milan, through the tunnel of the Great St. Bernard, as you arrive in Switzerland, on the right there is the artificial lake of Toules: if you are lucky enough to find you there during a sunny day, you should stop in external parking areas and enjoy the color show.
It’s very difficult to choose where to stop over in such a beautiful land, but the tour we suggest is just a way to start learning about this wonderful island.
In this post you will find only a trace route, which will then link to detailed articles on all the locations that we have personally visited. The estimated time to visit all this places is at least two weeks.
“It’s our second time coming here with our son,” an Italian mother I met in Vimmerby, in Southern Sweden, tells me. “My sister was transferred to Stockholm and when we come to visit her we always stop by to see Pippi.”
We are at Astrid Lindgren’s Värld, the park the author dedicated to children and to the stories she wrote for them, above all the tales of Pippi Longstocking.
“Many years ago, traveling through the French Pyrenees, I discovered some natural reserves where tourists had the chance to get into direct contact with the endemic animals of that area, and I thought it would be nice to have this possibility also in Valle d’Aosta.”
We woke up at the Rifugio Barricata that is still dark. The alarm clock tells us that it’s 4:30, Saturday 26 July 2014.
We have been sleeping for few hours, because the dinner yesterday night ended late: stew and polenta, grappa and good company kept us sit at the table until late.
200 kilometers of ski slopes during winter, 720 km of trails for mountain biking and 480 of cycle paths during summer, more than 15 golf courses in the district, and then riding, rafting, paragliding and hiking: for the lovers of outdoor activities, the Saalfelden-Leogang Austrian region is a paradise located in the heart of Europe.
In 1889, 125 years ago, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated on the occasion of the Paris Universal Exposition (forerunner of the Expo), and the lady is still in fine shape.
Its creator, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, had certainly not imagined that his most famous creation would become the romantic symbol of the French capital, brightening with glittering golden lights for five minutes every hour every night, as for the excitement of being in the center of such an amazing city.
Touristic heart of Cornia Valley, surrounded by metalliferous hills and landmark of the Etruscan Coast, San Vincenzo is at an interesting turning point. Recovering from decades of large tourist influx, this Maremman town is now driven by an entrepreneurial and cultural change that is reshaping the way the territory could be lived and thought.