What a magical birthday I've had! Rather embarrassingly, we only realised recently that Chirk Castle is not really in Chirk at all but is actually positioned IN our beautiful valley - we glimpsed its turrets & flags over the treetops a few weeks ago from a road high on the opposite side of the valley... Today, we discovered that it's possible to WALK from the main road running through the valley, up past the site of an historic battle ('The Oak at the Gate of the Dead'), onwards through stunning woodland before emerging right in front of the castle itself! It felt like a secret approach away from the tourists driving the Chirk route! And it only took about 15 mins! Absolutely fascinated by the history of the castle & the battles between the Welsh & English that happened right here in our valley!!! It seems like every day that we live here there's a new discovery more magical than the last. AND today was sunny. AND my bday pressie was a new baby ratty! AND I saw Pete!!! More in stories! #castle#chirkcastle#ceiriogvalley#explore#theoakatthegateofthedead#wales#northwales#amazing#cymru#family#greatday#birthday#history#blueskies
From Berceto to Pontremoli, passing through the Cisa Pass.
20 luglio 2017
Finally we entered Tuscany! the Cisa pass was difficult to cross and when I got to Pontremoli I could no longer feel my feet. In this stretch of road I did nothing but eat blackberries and raspberries that I found in the brambles along the way (which were then the wild fruits that accompanied and fed me to Rome). Unfortunately I don't have photos of Berceto. Berceto is a beautiful city, one of my favorite among those we visited. Ps: the first picture was taken in Fidenza on July 18th, Fidenza is beautiful!