Ghent

WOW, what a picturesque city.  I am so sorry that much of our time in Ghent was spent in damp weather and our pictures don’t do justice to the sights that you see as you travel around Ghent.  The city isn’t “cutesy” but it is lovely with its variety of …

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 …

Around Split Croatia

As always, Mike and I think that we can do more in a day than we actually can.  We recently visited the …

Krka National Park area

Croatia has quite a few national parks that Mike and I are enjoying visiting.  We have just spent five nights in the …

Island of Pag

Mike and I are staying next to the Island of Pag.  It is the 5th largest island in Croatia and it has …

Plitvice Lakes and Surrounding Area

Plitvice Lakes National Park The two most visited places in Croatia are the city of Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes National Park.  Mike …