Cycle Touring Ho!

First things first, Saint Tropez is overcrowded and boring. Celebs have no taste these days. Anyway, the last few days I’ve made my way through epic thunderstorms, rain and yesterday a horrible headwind towards Lyon. But today it’s finally sunny! The lack of good weather has also made for a lack of good scenery, and…

Oops

Back in Ljubljana again. On Saturday night just when I went to bed in a vineyard in Italy, I realised I lost my wallet, with all my bank cards. So I had to make a U-turn from Nova Gorica and head back over the unavoidable hills to Ljubljana and to the British Embassy to get…

Here Be Mountains

From Ljubljana my journey took me north, on the advice of the hostel staff, to see the real Slovenian countryside. A gently sloping back-road broke from the forestry surrounding Ljubljana to reveal the vast plains of the Sava Valley, a huge glacial valley leading directly into the Julian Alps. My journey was far from isolated…

Istria

I think it’s only rained twice since I left Budapest over a month ago. I guess I got so used to it being super sunny that I didn’t see the point in checking the weather forecast anymore. But early yesterday morning when I left Pula the air was hot and the sky was a blanket…

Croatian Coast

From Sunj I cycled my way south down the hilly coastline of Croatia. To my left, mountains and to my right, the sea with countless islands. Whoever told me that the road is flat is an idiot. At least I got a fantastic view. A couple of hours down and I reached Prizna where I…

Zagreb

I love this place. In fact I don’t really want to leave here. Sure, I spend a lot of time feeling like I’m either melting or on fire but it’s definitely worth it. And today, finally, the air conditioning has been fixed in my room and for once I can’t wait to go to bed.…

Budapest to Zagreb

A day of cycling South West from Budapest and you will arrive at lake Balaton, also known as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. At 200km around it’s the largest lake in central Europe and lucky for me has a cycle path the whole way round. A short journey on the South along the waterfront path led me…

Slovakia or Hungary?

I woke up this morning and wondered what country I was in. The inside of my tent looks the same no matter where I am. So I was glad when I remembered that I am in fact in Hungary, outside the back of a hotel, in the Northern part of Budapest. I actually wanted to…

A lighter option

So for some reason when I woke up in the hostel yesterday I decided  to try and cram all my stuff into the two big panniers on the back of my bike. I have been thinking about it for a while now. After some serious unpacking and repacking I’ve manage to squeeze everything in, minus…

Vienna

After some windy cycling South from Brno, I was glad to be in Vienna. This is a city of class and quality. The buildings are a showcase of architecture from Baroque, neo-Gothic to modern glass skyscrapers. Every street is pristine. The food is good and the people are friendly. I even got a guided tour…

From Prague to Brno

On Monday night I started my journey to Brno, Czech Republic’s second largest city, and never made it out of Prague. I spent around an hour looking for a cycle path that would supposedly take me all the way there but I couldn’t find it. Turns out it’s only signposted once every mile or something…