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Tilcara and the ruins of Pucara: sorry, tired – dull post

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The village of Tilcara sits half way up the Quebrada de Humanhuaca at around 2,500m (7,500 feet). (Humanhuaca Gorge). This little settlement has been here since pre-Incan times, and one of it’s main claims to fame is the ancient ruins of Pucara.

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Discovering the Venetian Bridges

September 12, 2011 1 comment


With the basic idea of the lay of the land, and a 20 year old German map we head off on a longer car trip over into the Amari Valley. The map has a habit of showing roads that are not there, and then missing the blatantly obvious ones that are there, so a gentle drive can be a game of Russian Roulette. (That is not to mention the dicing with death driving that all the Greeks tend to engage in, exemplified with all the roadside shrines).

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Trosky

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Another castle, another opportunity for an epic bike ride in searing heat. This time to the famous twin castle of trosky. Built on top of two volcanic towers that forced their way up through the soft chalk before the chalk wore away, these symbols of the Bohemian Paradise are worth a visit.

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Across Europe – autobahn:not what it says on the tin.

June 17, 2011 3 comments

With two stops, one near Koblenz and the other near Regensburg, we hopped across Europe. Kallmenz, our second stop near Regensburg and a two nighter, was very picture postcard – ruined castle on the hill, cobbled streets and an old bridge over the river. We stayed in an uber-clean and friendly pension and took the owners advice of a bike ride along the river. With a few outings for a bit of drawing practice and some night photos, we liked the place. Read more…

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