The Romans were here

The Romans are one of just many different reasons that we have spent a lot of time near Avignon in Provence. This …

Avignon and Aramon

Three weeks of staying near Avignon and we haven’t left yet.  In all honesty, we didn’t get to properly visit Avignon for …

Dijon

Mike and I spent a few very enjoyable days visiting Dijon, the capital of Burgundy.  No we didn’t buy any of the …

Luxembourg

This is NOT our photo.  It is one we found on the internet.  None of the pictures in this article were taken …

Brussels

Brussels is a great city.  I can see why it is the main tourist location in Belgium.  Our trip was rather damp, …

Ghent

WOW, what a picturesque city.  I am so sorry that much of our time in Ghent was spent in damp weather and …

Brugge or Bruges??

So where are we, Brugge or Bruges?  The locals all use Brugge although I believe that English speaking countries have standardized more …

Arras, Dieppe and more

Canada could learn a lot about camping from Europe.  We just stayed in a campsite that was 1 km from the main …

Rouen and the Seine River

Two weeks camping in a marina on the Seine River, lovely.  I actually ran outside in the rain to get the picture …

June 6, 1944  D-Day

In 10 days camping near the D-Day Invasion Beaches of Normandy, you can’t help but learn something about the invasion.  The invasion …

Emerald Coast

No we aren’t in Ireland, we have been visiting the Emerald Coast of France.  Mont Saint-Michel is France’s most popular tourist attraction …

Heading to Brittany

Mike and I camped in Nantes for two weeks.  We might have stayed longer if the campground hadn’t been fully booked.  Nantes …

Apocalyptic Heat Wave

It was interesting listening to the Canadian CBC news broadcast talk about the apocalyptic heat wave covering France.  They were right.  This …

102 km!!

102 km (63 miles), that is what Mike cycled the other day without me!  When I write I need absolute quiet so …

Blois and the Loire Valley

It has been exactly 30 years since Mike and I toured the Loire valley on vacation in a rented camper. Having our …

Leaving the Mediterranean

Mike and I have now spent six weeks along the Mediterranean with the last two at a campground in Agde.  During this …

An Awful Day

What an absolutely awful day.  Mike and I have continued our long distance bike riding this week and, yesterday the plan was …

Barcelona Area week 2

Mike and I are just getting ready to leave Barcelona and return to France.  We visited with friends we made when we …

North Catalonia

Mike and I have spent the last week in North Catalonia but we are not in Spain, we are in France.  Apparently …

La Cité de Carcassonne

30 years ago Mike and I accidentally stumbled on the phenomenal walled city of Carcassonne.  I believe that it was the first …

Toulouse

When I hear the term “pink city” I think of Jaipur in India. That is a city well deserving of the name. …

Around Lourdes

I chose the camping spot at Tournay as it was within an hour or so of various areas I wanted us to …

San Sebastián, Spain

Mike and I visited San Sebastián, a major town in Spanish Basque country, by car and liked it so much we made …

French Basque Country

We are currently staying in Basque country (Pays Basque).  Most people think of Spain when they hear Basque but the bordering area …

Spring has Sprung

Magnolia trees, green grass, trees turning green, a few flowers and people mowing their lawns all says that spring has arrived.  My …

Medieval Villages Galore

I think what intrigues Mike and I the most about the various medieval villages we have been touring is that you will …

We’re Back!

Mike and I are now back in Europe starting Year Six of our three year plan.  I guess that means that we …

2021 Summary

For the second year in a row, the coronavirus has determined both our route and our time allotment in Europe.  This year …

Bordeaux

Wine! It is really too bad that Mike and I aren’t more into wine.  Why aren’t we wine connoisseurs or even wine …

Périgord: Come Visit

1,000 castles and châteaux are in Périgord, the area where we are camping.  The Périgord region is also known by the name …

Heading to Western Europe

Big news first.  After almost 5 years we have finally got to France which is where we were heading a very long …

Good-bye lovely Czechia

20 years ago Mike and I visited Prague and thought the city was just great.  Other than Prague, we knew very little …

Southern Bohemia

Next to Prague, Southern Bohemia is the major tourist area in Czechia.  We will have spent three weeks camping near the capital …

Fairy-tale Prague

Magical, fairy-tale, lovely Prague.  In 2003 Mike and I rented a camper and toured Central Europe.  At that time, Mike decided that …

Kutná Hora and More

Mike and I have been camping in the superb city of Prague for almost two weeks and I won’t be talking about …

Lovely Olomouc, Czechia

Maybe we weren’t just “lucky” with the first few towns we camped in, here in Czechia, because this one is great also.  …

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th lived up to its name and was probably our worst cycling day in all of Europe.  Before I leave …

Lucky Twice in a Row

Again, Mike and I picked a campground based on its proximity to a train station for our long bike rides.  We selected …

A Bicycle Ride to Remember

Instead of bringing you up-to-date on Czechia and our time here, this entry is about one day only.  It was a day …

Lucky Choice

Sometimes you just get lucky.  We looked for a town just inside the Czech border with a train station.  This was all …

Four Countries

Four countries in two weeks.  Many campers do this in Europe but normally Mike and I would only see one or two …

We are Back

This is a quick update to let everyone know that Mike and I are back in Croatia in our RV.  Mike and …

Solitary Splendour

It has been one month since Mike and I left our winter camping spot in Funtana, Istria. We are now a couple …

Cycling in the Clouds

When I left off the last time, Mike and I were about three days into a Jugo weather pattern.  Jugo can last …

Still in Istria

Well this is an overdue post but who wants to write and say that they won’t be home for Christmas.  With Toronto …

Istria is Great

Thanks to Covid Mike and I are back on the Istrian Peninsula for the remainder of this year.  Luckily, we both love …

Slovenia during Coronavirus

As many of you know the coronavirus has been constantly changing our route and countries visited this year. In the first week …

Leaving Slovakia

After 42 days we are now leaving Slovakia.  Slovakia is a fairly small country, even smaller than Nova Scotia, with a total …

Lovely Košice

As you probably know, Mike and I had anticipated being in Czechia (Czech Republic) now and not still in Slovakia.  It turns …

High Tatras

The one area of Slovakia that we were told over and over to go and see, was the High Tatras.  The High …

A Taste of Rural Slovakia

Wow, what a great start to our time in rural Slovakia.  As we drove into the campground, the campers were all out …

Bratislava

Mike and I have now been in Slovakia for over a week.  We had been in Bratislava previously but only for a …

Sunday Brunch in Vienna

We LOVE Vienna.  We have spent 17 days at the campground near Vienna, touring both the city and the surrounding area.  This …

Long Distance Cycling

Jackie riding on the Danube As many of you know, last year Mike and I started what we call “long distance cycling”, …

Graz and Surroundings

Mike and I are definitely getting back into long distance cycling.  Of course, our idea of long distance, is a little bit …

Southern Austria

The good news is that Mike and I are now in Austria.  We didn’t have to choose between quarantining or returning to …

Leaving Slovenia

Mike and I are hoping to leave Slovenia later today and head into Austria.  It is really hard to know if this …

Good-bye to Mirna

After one week here, Mike and I are leaving the village of Mirna, that welcomed us so nicely.  The last few days …

Welcome to Mirna!

What a phenomenal welcome to the village of Mirna, Slovenia.  30 minutes after we arrive Petra, assistant to the mayor, visits us …

Ljubljana and Vicinity

We have now been out of quarantine for one week and what a week it has been.  Near the end of quarantine, …

Two days to go!

Two more days to go!  On Friday morning our quarantine in Slovenia comes to an end.  Trying to find out who to …

Quarantine!

Mike and I are no longer in Canada. We have made it to Slovenia. I posted my first article about the last …

Leaving Canada

The Day(s) of Hell! Let’s start with the good news first.  It is Thursday night and I am writing this while sitting …

2020 Road and Cycling Maps

Click here to see all our 2020 posts. Click here to see our 2020 photo gallery. Above is our final map of …

Austria: Bits and Pieces

Mike and I left Vienna fairly quickly as we are coming home earlier than originally planned this year.  We travelled very quickly …

Vienna – Just Gorgeous

Mike and I are really hoping/planning/expecting to be back in Vienna next year. We only made a couple of short trips into …

Around Linz

Mike and I are camping near Linz on our way to Vienna where we hope to pick up our new e-bikes.  We …

City of Mozart

Mozart is everywhere.  There are Mozart bridges, Mozart cycle routes, Mozart roads, Mozart buildings and much more.  If it isn’t Mozart, it’s …

Salzburg Area

We are back near a good-sized city for a change.  When we first got to this campground we biked into Salzburg and …

Most Spectacular Bike Path Ever

“Unexpected” best describes our first week in the northeast corner of Triglav National Park.  We came here to do quite a bit …

Ljubljana cont’d

We have just spent a couple of weeks exploring the area around two capital cities that we visited last year; Zagreb, Croatia …

Ljubljana

Mike and I love Ljubljana and the surrounding area. Ljubljana is a very attractive city.  The buildings and architecture, the pedestrian areas, …

Zagreb: Much better this year

Although we visited Zagreb on three different days last year, I really didn’t appreciate it as Zagreb was in the middle of …

Last Stop in Bosnia

Like much of the rest of Europe gasoline boat motors are not allowed in much of Bosnia.  Europeans are much more careful …

Sarajevo

Mike and I have just spent 10 hot days in Sarajevo.  Sarajevo has a strong Muslim culture.  It is interesting that in …

Hello Bosnia and Herzegovina

We are now visiting the country with the most unusual, strange and confusing political system in the world.  I wanted to discuss …

As We Leave Montenegro

As you know by now Mike and I did get our camper out of the tiny village of Virpazar at 8 PM …

The Durmitor Ring

The panoramic Durmitor Ring, what a spectacular route.   Montenegro’s Tourist Department has identified five “panoramic” routes throughout the country.  They are slowly …

Tivat & the Bay of Kotor

Montenegro has its own alternative version of the Creation myth. Apparently, when God was busy creating the world, he carried a large …

Beautiful Montenegro

Let me start by saying that Montenegro is mountains, sea, stunning fjords, medieval towns and walled cities and is just gorgeous.  While …

Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic

George Bernard Shaw, visiting Dubrovnik in 1929 said: “If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik.”   Lord Byron coined …

Close to the Edge

This short note was basically written by Mike.  I stole an e-mail that he wrote and have reproduced it almost verbatim.  Our …