see Europe 2009 starting here http://www.thelifeofbrad.com/2009/06/june-2009-epic-journey-to-cardiff.html
A Few Quotes for this trip:
"What you expect you receive" "Life is truly about the laughs"
Even the day I was going to the airport I still was not sure if I would have a moto to use in Italy due to insurance and ownership paper issues, or buy a moto in Germany or just say screw it and try to find some sailing in Croatia.
Moto Owner Side Story - An Italian friend I made in Brasil mentioned in April that he had a moto in Padova, Italy that he left at his mom's house years back. I told him at the time that I would like to borrow it and he said "no problem." Ah...well after solving all the problems the moto would be mine for the 10,000 km ride from Italy to Norway to Finland to Croatia and back to Italy (but who knows exactly where I'll go).
At home in Canada, all my stuff going and a quick chat about the situation.
|Some subway since the flight
doesn't offer vegan food. Well it does
but you have to pay $25 to tell them?!
Big lines for all people who missed their connections. Luckily I had an 8 hour lay over in which time I found out the moto was going to be ready and usable for my trip. Venezia here I come!
|A real nightmare for Lufthansa!
3 to 5 hour waits just to re-book.
Stayed the first night in a campground with pre-constructed tents and cots provided. Hey it was super cheap and a totally different experience AND I arrived at 12am so it was pretty much bed straight away!
|My creative photography left me
hours back sitting in Frankfurt.
I'm in ITALY!
|Well it has a good rating even if there are prostitutes
across the street at the bus stop... hey it's Europe!
|Pre-constructed tents, cosy. Only 11 Euros.
with great toilets and showers. Rialto Camping.
|Motos from Romania!
The next day I moved to Mestre just outside of Venice, then took the bus to the city of canals after getting settled in to Hotel Giovannina.
|Backpacker Brad carrying
a lot of moto gear in 31 deg C
|Hotel Giovannina run by Indian folk
|Tight bidet toilet situation
|Pretty comfortable dorm beds for 20 euros. Close to Train.
|I could use this with the big backpack
|That's the way to advertise your
|Nice Father Son moment
|Brad made seafood sandwich
|Made it to the end of the walkway
|Venice is sinking
|Good spot to put Versace and other high end stores
How much are the monthly leases??
|A lot of competition
|Plaza San Marco
|San Marco, the plaza that tops all the others in Venice
|Boys just hanging out
Trained to Padova (Padua) where the motorcycle was being readied and inspected. Luciano a friend of the moto owner Manuel was my contact and helper. Thank you my friend. As well he took me out for lunch and found me a great Bed and Breakfast, Valeria is such a sweet lady connected to sailing too.
|Padova or bust
|Man, I'm out of shape!
|Beautiful 3 mixed pasta dish
Padova hosts one of the biggest churches in Europe and lots of other wonderful sites. As well as great people and great food!! Love Italy!
|Arg Lady, Carola, Stefania Giancarlo,
Luciano, Giancarlo jr
|Right next to the General Hospital
|Well, I'm not going to go in to any churches then...
|I love Padova
|A sign your in a tourist zone
|Sort of a homeless or crazy guy playing great guitar
|Abbey of Santa Giustina
|B & B Al Fiume Piovego
|Boo! Old school unprotected
|Sleep well my friend "Blue Bandit / Bandito Blu"
|A few Condor Airline Safety video moments
|Germans are so funny,
but not for being funny
|Italian street garage bin,
Seems like over kill
|Come on, it's a perfect free toilet!
|A piece of Canada in Italy!
Who's Red King???
|Not sure this is the best way to use a BMW 1200 GS
|I have yet to use one, but the
opportunity has been presented