Archive for December, 2016

‘Tripe Florentine’ at Ristorante Tito, Florence, Italy

‘Tripe Florentine’ at Ristorante Tito, Florence, Italy

I pride myself in being an adventurous eater. With a Chinese background, you know I’ve grown up with a weird and wonderful assortment of foods that many Westerners wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole.   In Florence, Italy, we stayed at the San Gallo Palace Hotel, a charming (albeit pricey) […]

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Small displacement sportbikes, seen in Thailand, a rarity in North America

Small displacement sportbikes, seen in Thailand, a rarity in North America

We North Americans are jaded when it comes to bikes and their displacement. Often, we disparage so-called ‘small’ bikes – anything less than litre bikes – as ‘too small’, or write them off as ‘beginners’ bikes.’ A trip recently to Thailand showed how motorcycles or any motorized two-wheelers are viewed […]

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FIRE!!! Our Chiang Mai hotel catches fire

FIRE!!!  Our Chiang Mai hotel catches fire

It’s 02:15h – the middle of the night, and we’re at the Tarin Hotel in Chiang Mai, having been bused there for the night after our Shanghai Airlines flight had been cancelled. I’m in a deep sleep.  Ingrid gently shakes my shoulder, quietly wakening me. Ingrid:  Honey, wake up.  I […]

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Vespa scooter rally, Fiesole, Italy

Vespa scooter rally, Fiesole, Italy

Yeah, I’m a ‘motorcycle’ guy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like scooters, too. We happened upon this huge scooter rally in Fiesole, Italy in September, 2016.  We’d never seen so many Vespas in one place, ever! Too cool!    

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Vintage Fiat spotted in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Vintage Fiat spotted in Chiang Mai, Thailand

We spotted this veteran Fiat in Chiang Mai’s ‘Old Town’. Like all Thai cars, this Fiat was a right-hand-drive version with the steering wheel on the right side.  Like the UK, in Thailand, vehicles drive on the left side of the street. Anybody know what year or model of Fiat […]

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Police bikes in Italy

Police bikes in Italy

  I have an unusual fascination for police vehicles, or so-called ‘authority vehicles.’ Here are some police bikes we saw in service during our recent trip to Italy.  

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Biftek Florentine – Italy’s culinary gift to meat lovers of the world

Biftek Florentine – Italy’s culinary gift to meat lovers of the world

‘Biftek Florentine’ is a regional specialty dish famous in Florence, Italy. It’s a meat-lover’s dream – 1.2 kg of deliciously grilled T-bone steak. That’s a lot of meat!  Our Biftek Florentine was originally priced at 55 Euros at Il Ristorante Tosca on the second floor of Mercato Centrale, Florence’s market.  The price […]

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Motorcycle touring Italy’s scenic Tuscany region

Motorcycle touring Italy’s scenic Tuscany region

Our motorcycle tour of Italy’s scenic Tuscany region started in Florence, Italy. Here, Adriatic Moto Tours’ fleet of pristine motorcycles, which the tour’s riders rented. Our rental bikes were mostly BMWs, a K1600GT, 3 latest generation liquid-cooled R1200RTs, 4 F700GSes, and 1 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom. Our guide Tomaz rode a new […]

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Cure for helmet strap double d-ring hate?

Cure for helmet strap double d-ring hate?

My new this year HJC SyMax III flip-up helmet has been a good choice except for one thing.  I hate the double d-ring helmet strap. For more than ten years, I’ve worn Italian-made Nolan flip-up helmets, interspersed with one pricey German Schuberth flip-up. The Nolans and Schuberth all had the […]

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