A beautiful place to visit: Bellagio and it’s surroundings. Lake Como Italy

The town of Bellagio is located on the tip of the inverted Y shape that’s characteristic of the Southern part of Lake Como.

Landscapes of Bellagio Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy
Como – Landscape of Bellagio Lake Como Lombardia Italy – Lecco                                                              © Fabrizio Malisan Photography

Looking North from Bellagio, you’ll see a stunning view of the lake with it’s surrounding mountains and, on the left side you have the “”Como side of the lake, on the right side the “Lecco side” of it.

Emma Bellagio Lago di Como Lake Italy-8898

Behind Bellagio there’s a winding road that climbs it’s way up to the Madonna de Ghisallo, very popular for it’s Church and for the cycling museum.

Cycing Ghisallo Sormano Lago di Como Giro d'Italia-8776

The road is known also for being part of the cycling Giro di Lombardia and this year’s Giro d’Italia 2019. Proceeding along past the Madonna del Ghisallo, the road descends into a beautiful valley that meanders it’s way to Erba (Como) or, with a sharp right turn, climbs up towards the town of Sormano.

Paola Gianotti 2019 Ricognizione Tappa 15 Ceresole Ghisallo Sormano Lago di Como Giro d'Italia-8786

Popular in the cycling world for it’s very steep climb “Il Muro di Sormano“, a 1.6 Km climb with gradients ranging from 17% to 25%, a love/hate challenge for cyclists.

Paola Gianotti 2019 Ricognizione Tappa 15 Ceresole Ghisallo Sormano Lago di Como Giro d'Italia-8803

At the top of the climb you’ll get to the “Colma di Sormano”, a popular lookout, famous for it’s Sormano Astronomical Observatory

Descending back down towards Como, the road is quite steep and winding, with great views over the lake and coming back down before reaching Como, the characteristic town  of Torno is worth a visit as it merges into the lake giving you a great point of view.

The town of Torno on Lake Como
The town of Torno on Lake Como – Fabulous Outdoors

A great way to discover this part of Lake Como is by ferry, a daily ticket allows you to get on and off the boat to go visit all the beautiful town and villages surrounding the lake, stunning gardens and villas open to the public.

Landscapes of Bellagio Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy

In Bellagio and pretty much all around the lake you’ll find great hospitality, delicious food and drink to compliment your stay, making sure that your Italian travel experience, to explore and discover Lake Como won’t disappoint your expectations.

Restaurant Terrace in Bellagio over Lake Como
Restaurant Terrace in Bellagio over Lake Como

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Landscapes of Bellagio Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy

Some of the best skies are in Autumn – Fabulous Outdoors

Autumn is the season known for it’s fog and mist. However, quite often the thermal wind blows up and down the valleys, clearing up the sky and leaving as to beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

I’ll add to this post some more images, as now as I’m writing is just the beginning of that period of the year, by the alps of Italy.

Red Sunset and Autumn Misf around the Monviso mountain of Turin, Piemonte, Piedmont, Italy – Fabulous Outdoors

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The Mountain Wildlife of the Gran Paradiso National Park – #FabulousOutdoors

Wildlife Documentary filmed at the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso – Grand Paradis National Park – Fabulous Outdoor Photography
Footage of the wild animals living in the mountains, including mountain goats, alpine ibex, marmots, deer..

Alpine Ibex at sunset in the Gran Paradiso National Pak - Fabulous Outdoors

In the month of May, when the seasons are transitioning and the snow is slowly melting away, the mountains come alive. Some of these animals have been sleeping for most of the winter, like the marmots, and start foraging for food. The alpine ibex and the mountain goats begin to moult, which is why you'll often see them scratching their fur with their horns or rubbing against trees or rocks.

Visiting the Gran Paradiso National Park is a great opportunity not only to go for a beautiful mountain hike, but also for the amazing encounters with this lovely wild creatures.

A Marmot Peeping Out Of Its Hole in the Gran Paradiso National Park - Fabulous Outdoors

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Wahoo Elemnt Cycling GPS Computer Test Review

After numerous frustrating attempts to connect my old Garmin Edge to the Garmin Connect website, I was after a different bike computer that provided a similar amount of data and functions. I was then recommended to take a look at the Wahoo products, and here’s my first thoughts on the Elemnt computer bundle.

I’m not particularly a fan of the unboxing reviews, but this time I was pleasantly surprised on the packaging design and descriptions.


The package unfolds giving you a quick idea on all the functions and the different screen displays that you can then customise, but more about that later.

The box opens like a drawer where the device rests firmly inside a molded cover.

Once the cover is removed, you’ll find the “Quick Start Guide” booklet that basically tells you to download the App and to synchronise it with your smartphone.
In the bundle package, you’ll have the cadence sensor, the heart rate monitor belt, a speed sensor, different bike handlebars mounts, and the charging cable that I was very pleased to see is a commonly used micro-USB rather than a original different one that I’ll end up losing or forgetting at home when needed.

It’s interesting to see how nowadays there seems to be less informational booklets, but instead the manufacturers send you to either a website page, a video or a phone app like in this case.
Most of the settings, syncing and connecting has to be made via the mobile app, which is surprisingly easy and straight forward.

I like the fact that you can have as much or as little information on your screen. With a simple click on the button on the right, as shown in the photo above, you can zoom in or out, and by doing so the display shows more or less information to read as you cycle.
Another thing that attracted my curiosity in the Elemnt, is that it connects and it syncs with most devices, apps and training tools you might want to use either from now or eventually at a later time in the future such as Strava, RideWithGps,

I’ve chosen to start by reviewing the Elemnt prior to the newer Elemnt Bolt as it’s slightly bigger, so for navigation purposes as a tour guide, it’s an advantage over the smaller one. It comes with 3 different mounts, so it can be mounted on the handlebar stem or in front of it, whichever way suits your preference.

Anyway, it’s now time to go and test it on the road.

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An evening in Marostica 

Marostica is a beautiful Medieval town in the province of Vicenza, Veneto region of northern Italy. It’s mostly popular for its yearly “living chess” event that is held in the central square. 

Piazza. degli Scacchi Marostica
Piazza. degli Scacchi Marostica

Therefore the square is named “Piazza degli Scacchi” ( Chess square ) As you can see in the above image, the square shapes in the pavement, making a chess table. 

Piazza. degli Scacchi Marostica
Piazza. degli Scacchi Marostica

It’s early October as I wander around the town, and temperature are still mild so that people enjoys sitting out for an aperitif or dinner.

Windows and balcony in Marostica
Windows and balcony in Marostica

You can really feel the Medieval atmosphere as you walk in the old town contained inside big walls.

Medieval archways in Marostica
Medieval archways in Marostica

On a quiet mid-week evening out of peak touristic season, the lack of noise and cars makes you really feel as you were gone back in time and I think this is great.

Through the Medieval walls and archways of Marostica
Through the Medieval walls and archways of Marostica

It’s definitely a town worth visiting if you’re travelling around the north east side of Italy. Thank you for passing by and reading this post, if you need any more information don’t hesitate to contact and remember to #GetOutMore as it’s 

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Colourful Landscape of Piedmont Italy

it’s Springtime all flowers bloom! A great period of the year to visit Italy with it’s landscapes of colourful fields, undulating land and lovely little villages.

Rapeseed field surrounding. Roppolo in Piemonte
Rapeseed field surrounding. Roppolo in Piemonte

In this travel trip we are in Piedmont, Piemonte in Italian means situated at the foot of the Alps. In this particular article, the images represent a beautiful walk arounf the villge of Roppolo.

Roppolo is a municipality in the Province of Biella in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Turin and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) south of Biella.

Roppolo is located on the southern slopes of Ivrea glacial ridge, west to the Lake of Viverone.

 

Countrylife in Piedmont Italy
Countrylife in Piedmont Italy

The rapeseed with it’s bright yellow create a beautiful colour contrast  with the surrounding green and brown stripes of agricultural fields.

Colorful Fields below the Castello di Roppolo in Piedmont Italy
Colorful Fields below the Castello di Roppolo in Piedmont Italy

 

If Life is a Journey ..you might as well Enjoy the Scenery!
If Life is a Journey ..you might as well Enjoy the Scenery!

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Things to do in Surrey – A walk in Coombe Wood Gardens Park

Coombe Wood is a small woodland and garden area in the old village of Coombe, Upper Shirley, in the London Borough of Croydon near the junction of Coombe Lane and Conduit Lane. The Coombe Wood Gardens are divided into a series of rooms which together give an all year round display of shrubs and plants set against a backdrop of mature woodland.

The beautiful pond surrounded by flowers and vegetation
The beautiful pond surrounded by flowers and vegetation

Exploring the woodlands - Coombe Wook park
Exploring the woodlands – Coombe Wook park
We were really impressed by the size and the density of this woodland, a walk through the park with it’s undulating hills and steps, it’s quite a physical exercise.

Climbing the steep steps - Coombe Wood Park
Climbing the steep steps – Coombe Wood Park

Big kids playing in the tree - Coombe Wood Park
Big kids playing in the tree – Coombe Wood Park

Coombe Wood Gardens Photo Walk Shirley Addington Croydon © Fabrizio Malisan Photography FMphotos.co.uk-7547
Immerse in vegetation – Coombe Wood Park

Walking paths and areas to sit on a bench - Coombe Wood Gardens
Walking paths and areas to sit on a bench – Coombe Wood Gardens
Coombe Wood Park is open until quite late in the day, so it’s possible to pay a visit on the way back from work.

Walking towards the sunset - Coombe Wood Park
Walking towards the sunset – Coombe Wood Park
We would have never expected to be so big and beautiful, very well maintained and delicious cakes, tea and coffe too. It’s really Worth a visit and ..we’ll be back!

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