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Sunday, June 30, 2019


Austria: Chill-out in Resnica

After 9 days of motorcycling, Nada and me had a chill-out time in nearby lake "Ressnig-Teich" in Austria, just across the border.

Brainstorming with nephews

Saturday, June 29, 2019


Italy / Austria / Slovenia: Moto Trip Switzerland: Day 9 - Kreuzberg PassCima SappadaPlöcken Pass and Ljubelj with a Mark Knopfler concert

Yearly vacation started and with Nada we decided to have a motorbike trip, exploring Switzerland. The last day of our vacation time has come and all we needed to do, is to ride safe back home. On the way we added 4 more passes on our list of passes, 3 in Italy (Kreuzberg Pass, Cima Sappada, Plöcken Pass), 2 in Austria (Plöcken Pass and Ljubelj) and 1 in Slovenia (Ljubelj).

Previous days of our motorbike trip to Switzerland: Day 8Day 7Day 6Day 5Day 4Day3Day 2 and Day 1.

In the evening we had the tickets for the Mark Knopfler concert in Ljubljana and with our friends Saška and Vlado, we enjoyed the evening of great music.

Posing with machinery

On the border between South Tyrol (Alto Adige / Südtirol) and Belluno in Veneto

Kreuzberg Pass is the division line between the Dolomites to the west and the Carnic Alps to the northeast.

Tuši and Nada on Passo Monte Croce di Comelico / Kreuzbergpass, 1636 m

Passo di Monte Croce Carnico / Plöckenpass, 1357 m

We left Italy and entered Austria

Day 9: Kreuzberg Pass, Cima Sappada, Plöcken Pass and Ljubelj - 315 km

Whole trip day by day. In the end we made around 2350 km.

Ticket for the concert in Arena Stožice

Mark Freuder Knopfler was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits.

He stopped in Arena Stožice on his "Down the Road Wherever" tour

After the concert it was time for Cockta

Setlist of 17 songs of the concert:

  • Why Aye Man
  • Corned Beef City
  • Sailing to Philadelphia
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (Dire Straits song)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits song)
  • My Bacon Roll
  • Matchstick Man (Preceded by Mark talking about his experience of hitchiking around Europe that inspired this song.)
  • Done With Bonaparte (Preceded by band introductions.)
  • Heart Full of Holes
  • She's Gone
  • Your Latest Trick (Dire Straits song)
  • Postcards From Paraguay
  • On Every Street (Dire Straits song)
  • Speedway at Nazareth
  • Money for Nothing (Dire Straits song)
  • So Far Away (Dire Straits song)
  • Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero

Mark Knopfler - Why Aye Man

Dire Straits - Romeo And Juliet

Dire Straits - Money For Nothing

Dire Straits - So Far Away

Friday, June 28, 2019


Switzerland / Austria / Italy: Moto Trip Switzerland: Day 8 - Albula PassFlüela Pass, TaraspReschensee and Jaufen Pass

Yearly vacation started and with Nada we decided to have a motorbike trip, exploring Switzerland. We have been on the road for 8 days and today we had a plan to visit few more passes and leave Switzerland in the end of the day. As on the whole trip we were successful. We rode over Albula Pass and Flüela Pass in Switzerland, visited the area around Tarasp, took a quick ride through a portion of Austria, before we entered Italy, rode past Lago di Resia and for the end of the day we attacked the Jaufen Pass and ended the day in a campsite Camping Gilfenklamm near Sterzing.

Previous days of our motorbike trip to Switzerland: Day 7Day 6Day 5Day 4Day3Day 2 and Day 1.

In La Punt-Chamues-ch we left the river Inn valley and started riding towards the Albula Pass

Along Ova d'Alvra creek
Scenery near the top.

The Albula Pass links the Albula Valley with the Engadine.

Nearby peaks

Albulasee is a lake in Graubünden and has an elevation of 2292 metres.

Tuši and Blue Horse (Yamaha FZ6) on the move

Gromko aka Thunder

The mountain lodge Albula hospiz

First pass conquered - Albula Pass, 2315 m

Towards Bergün/Bravuogn

Near lake Lai da Palpuogna

With its 55 bridges and 39 tunnels, the 61.67-kilometre long Albula Railway line is one of the most spectacular narrow gauge railways in the world.

The Church in Bergün/Bravuogn is a Protestant-Reformed church under cantonal conservation.

The double name Bergün/Bravuogn (German/Romansh) has been the official name since 1943.

Schmitten village with its parish church


Flüela Hospiz

A little bit different selfie

Flüela Pass, 2383 m, connects Davos and Susch.

After two passes we returned to river Inn

Riding through Ardez

We decided to have a longer break near Lake Lai da Tarasp

Thunder and Horsie wanted a little longer pause

Tarasp village centre

View to Tarasp village and the castle from neighboring Chaposch

Lake Tarasp with Piz Lavetscha, 2790 m, and Piz Pisoc, 3173 m

Another view to the lake

More scenic photos

Below the castle

The castle of Tarasp was built around 1040 by the lords of Tarasp, who had moved from the lake Como to the Engadin.

The name of the Tarasp castle comes from terra aspera or wild earth.

Details around castle

Green land

Tarasp Castle rising above the village

One word, beautiful.

Water lilies

Dragonflies were very active

Break was finished and we said goodbye to beautiful Tarasp area

Lake Reschensee, an artificial lake in the western portion of South Tyrol. The lake is famous for the steeple of a submerged 14th-century church. when the water freezes, this can be reached on foot. A legend says that during winter one can still hear church bells ring. In reality the bells were removed from the tower on July 18, 1950, a week before the demolition of the church nave and the creation of the lake.

Passo di Monte Giovo / Jaufenpass connects Meran and Sterzing

Jaufen Pass, the last pass of the day, is the northernmost pass in the Alps that is completely in Italy.

Pizza in Italy near our campsite "Camping Gilfenklamm"

Day 8: Albula Pass, Flüela Pass, Tarasp, Reschensee and Jaufen Pass - 276 km

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "Siebasiach's Figure Eight Geocoin", TB735HE, "Gallotia Mystery", TB7372G and "Kljuc do casa in prostora / A key to time and space", TB2RCC3):
- Wooden Bridge Engadine Susch, GC4G1RD
- Schloss Tarasp - Hlw 22, Multi, GC168JG
- Jaufenpass / Passo di Giovo (2094m), GC65WCA