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Arezzo in Tuscany is a stunning small city, famed for the frescoes by Piero della Francesca. Don't miss this gorgeous square the Piazza Grande which has the Vasari Loggia down it's side. Ted's in the bell tower overlooking, a perfect spot to observe the people in the cafes. Just outside Arezzo Ted ate his favourite pizza of walnuts, honey, pecorino cheese and pears!
Where else would you go in January than Iceland?! TweedyTed took off from Manchester with EasyJet for the short hop to Reykjavik and spent a few days in the half dark exploring the countryside but with no chance of seeing the Northern Lights! The hot springs at Geysir were very strange and a little smelly, Stokkur is the most impressive and took Ted quite by surprise. Gullfoss a little further up the Golden Circle was the most fabulous sight. A tour up the west coast in the mist meant a lot of the scenery was obscured, but there were some fantastic lighthouses at Akranes and Ted found a collection of painted pebbles, maybe by the curious pebble man that he found. Ted's friend BearLowe was equally keen to meet him! Reaching the Blue Lagoon on his final day TweedyTed was very sure as to whether his beautiful Harris Tweed suit would cope with the water and opted to view the lagoon from a safe distance! Ted loved his Iceland trip but found it very expensive so he remained tee-total for the whole time! The tap water on the other hand was very palatable and Ted found the Skyr very much to his liking! Maybe he'll come back in the sunshine of summer!
S.O.S - Hedgehogs need YOU!
Our prickly friend is in serious trouble. Hedgehog numbers in the UK are falling - and they’re falling fast! Britain’s hedgehogs are almost certainly disappearing faster than the global tiger population. Numbers have dropped by 37% in thepast 10 years. Why? The most obvious reason is habitat loss: hedgehogs need hedges! In many areas of the UK, hedgerows have simply disappeared. However, there are lots of things we can do to help the hedgehog population in your own town. Here are just a few….
After a quite exhausting holiday in Aegina, Greece, Ted was swept off to another European destination with Vic and Joe, who planned to show the jet-set young man the palatial grandeur and intriguing alleyways of two of Europe’s oldest cities: Budapest and Vienna.
SPOLETO to MASSA MARITTIMA
For the final leg of his journey Ted skirts down through the south of Umbria to Orvieto and back into Tuscany. With a two night stop at Montefiascone, the home of Est! Est! Est! wine, and up past the coast through Grosseto to the stunning centre of Massa Marittima a holder of The Touring Club of Italiano's quality seal Orange Flag! Read on for Ted's travel tips!
SIENA to ASSISI
Side-stepping Florence Ted drives south through the beautiful Chianti countryside stopping off at the delightfully situated Siena, where he found a bustling centre of shops and bars. Arezzo was a smaller but elegant city with amazing artworks a real contrast to the harsh beauty of Gubbio in Umbria which it was well worth the long climb to see. Assisi was the prize at the end, a truly magnificent site, visible from miles across the broad valley bottom. Read on to hear about Ted's highlights!
LUCCA to RADDA in CHIANTI
Ted had always heard of the beauty of the Italian countryside so he hitched a lift with friends to see if the reality matched up to the reputation. He'd seen Tea with Mussolini so was curious to see if the Towers of San Gimignano were as impressive as he had imagined! Read on to see what Ted found on his journey ...