Along the Rhine, tasting more wine. (Strasbourg, Rheinau, Bühl, Baden Baden, Karlsruhe)

After enjoying a relaxing day in Strasbourg, it was time to switch hiking teams. Tania was leaving and my brother Tristan and my dad's cousin and her husband (though they feel like way closer family) Loek and Marina, were joining. We started early in the morning. The route wasn't too long, but first we had … Continue reading Along the Rhine, tasting more wine. (Strasbourg, Rheinau, Bühl, Baden Baden, Karlsruhe)

Wine in the Alsace / Elsass region (Colmar – Sélestat – Benfeld – Strasbourg)

For the first time in months my hiking team consisted of a family member again! Tania, my sister, was visiting me from Colmar to Strasbourg. As mentioned before, I think Colmar is one of the most beautiful (if not the most beautiful) towns I have ever been. I couldn't let me sister arrive here and … Continue reading Wine in the Alsace / Elsass region (Colmar – Sélestat – Benfeld – Strasbourg)

Over the Apennines (Aulla – Pontremoli – Passo della Cisa – Cassio – Fornovo – Parma)

During a very relaxing day in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Marlies joined. We drank wine and ate pizza, life was good. The next day we took the train back to Aulla to start hiking up the Apennines via the Via Francigena, to the Cisa Pass (Passo della Cisa). Rain was in the air. It took a … Continue reading Over the Apennines (Aulla – Pontremoli – Passo della Cisa – Cassio – Fornovo – Parma)

Of coasts and hills (Lucca – Massa – Sarzana – La Spezia/Cinque Terre – Aulla)

We (Jelle and me) were following the Via Francigena further North. Getting to a lesser known part of Tuscany, and briefly dipping our toes in Liguria before returning to Tuscany. Going slightly up to start the Cisa Pass (Passo della Cisa) over the Apennines. But first, a day trip to Florence (Firenze in Italian). Because, … Continue reading Of coasts and hills (Lucca – Massa – Sarzana – La Spezia/Cinque Terre – Aulla)

More wine, and more of Tuscany (San Gimignano – Gambassi Terme – San Miniato – Lucca)

So the hiking team changed. For the next week and a half I'm hiking together with Jelle, a friend from college. We're continuing along the Via Francigena heading North, starting in San Gimignano making our way -eventually- to Aulla. We started with a rest day in San Gimignano. I earned it, Jelle still has to … Continue reading More wine, and more of Tuscany (San Gimignano – Gambassi Terme – San Miniato – Lucca)

The most beautiful part: Southern Tuscany (San Quirico – Siena – Monteriggioni – San Gimignano)

A new hiking team has arrived! Sytske and Anne, good friends of my parents, were walking with me through Southern Tuscany. We had expected it to be a beautiful stretch of the Via Francigena, little did we know just how beautiful it was! We left early in the morning when our dad dropped us off … Continue reading The most beautiful part: Southern Tuscany (San Quirico – Siena – Monteriggioni – San Gimignano)

Reaching Tuscany (Bolsena – Acquapendente – Radicofani – San Quirico d’Orcia)

After a nice rest day (with road trip!) in Bolsena it is time to hike on. I'm following the via  francigena further north. My dad still can't hike, so Lorenzo from our B&B brings him by car! From Bolsena the next stop is Acquapendente. Halfway is the town of San Lorenzo Nuovo. 5 years ago … Continue reading Reaching Tuscany (Bolsena – Acquapendente – Radicofani – San Quirico d’Orcia)

About

Welcome! My name is Irina and I’m about to continue the most fantastic trip I ever had. In 2013 I had a crazy plan. I booked a one-way ticket to Athens and wanted to walk either back home (in Holland) or to some other place. No plans, no obligations, no strings. I’ve had the most … Continue reading About

2013 Blog

Back in 2013 I kept a blog (at 3millionsfootsteps.com). That blog no longer exists, but I still have the blog entries. I posted them below at the corresponding dates. So, if you're not sure what your signing up for, read the adventures and be part of the next!

Photos

And a new page with the past (2013) and the future (2018, still to come) photos has been added. If you don't want to read the whole story, you can just look at the photos and see what you have been missing out on ;).

About hills, more hills and a conference (Laroscia – Ortona – Pescara – Sulmona – Avezzano – Ortona – Avezzano – Tivoli)

Yeah, that’s right. Avezzano and Ortona twice. I got lost big time. Roads in Italy go crazy. No, not true. I didn’t get lost. I returned to Ortona intentionally and out of my own free will… I left Laroscia (Where I stayed with Verino and from where we attempted to conquer the Maiella) in the … Continue reading About hills, more hills and a conference (Laroscia – Ortona – Pescara – Sulmona – Avezzano – Ortona – Avezzano – Tivoli)

Alba Fucens

In ancient Roman times, people needed to relax sometimes as well. Escape the hectic everyday life of Rome. They needed like a holiday park. And they built one, well… several actually. But one of them is Alba Fucens. Avezzano (about 100kms East of Rome) used to be based at the edge of a big mountain lake. … Continue reading Alba Fucens

The wonders of mount Gargano (Manfredonia – Monte Sant’Angelo – San Giovanni Rotondo – San Severo)

In the otherwise pretty flat landscape of Puglia lies a mountain, almost entirely surrounded by sea, called Mount Gargano. It is a mountain of miracles. It is also the first real mountain I am going to climb with my gear-less city bike. Good luck with that. But it isn’t called the mountain of miracles for … Continue reading The wonders of mount Gargano (Manfredonia – Monte Sant’Angelo – San Giovanni Rotondo – San Severo)

Alta Murgia

The (Alta) Murgia is a national park. It is an area with hills between Altamura and Corato/Andria. I happened to cycle through it on my way from Altamura to Corato. The main sight is Castel del Monte, maybe better known as the castle on the 1-cent-coin of Italy. It is a weird, weird castle, but … Continue reading Alta Murgia