Springtime hike on Lanzarote

Let me show you the cheerful springtime face of Lanzarote with lush vegetation and flowers as we saw it on our 4-day carneval hike in late February. The end of February is carneval time in the Canaries and a week-long school holiday. In 2020 it was the last festival people could celebrate freely (though we…

By Viktor March 23, 2021 0

Twin towers in Hungary and Basque Country

What connects Miskolc, one of Hungary’s largest cities, and a port town in the Basque Country in the north-east of Spain? Well, both used to be much dirtier than they are today – Miskolc used to be (in)famous for its heavy industry while Pasaia’s main source of income was its sea port. Today both of…

By Viktor November 26, 2019 0

Sunflower fields forever

Four days through rural France between two generous host families The dry facts:Route: Lerné – Vouillé (70 km), Vouillé – Villefagnan (81 km), Villefagnan – Baignes-Sainte Radegonde (96 km), Baignes – Gauriaguet (43 km)Mostly secondary roads + dedicated cycling route (around 40 km)Challenges: 2 (see below)Detailed map at the end of the post The morning…

By Viktor October 26, 2019 0

Warm Showers

We spent a pleasant night under the mulberry trees of the campsite in Muides and around 9 we were ready to go. A bit too fast perhaps because we only noticed in the afternoon that we left our solar charger there in the grass… The Loire Valley is famous for its palaces or chateaux and…

By Viktor October 10, 2019 0

Cycling along the Loire

Although our plan is to get to the Spanish border without too many detours, we definitely wanted to pedal our way by the Loire river and see some of its famous chateaux… We bought some snacks for the day and said goodbye to the lovely couple who shared their home with us the previous night…

By Viktor July 20, 2019 0

Poland and Belarus by bike

Enormous bisons and much more My son has always been intrigued by remote, weird countries, especially those led by dictators. So you can understand how excited we became (because I share his interest) when we found out that it’s now possible to visit Belarus without the hassle of the visa and the invitation letter (see…

By Viktor January 15, 2019 0

3rd class trains in Thailand

The charm of 3rd class trains in Thailand Where I come from (Hungary, Central Europe) we find it almost natural that the railway is left to slowly but surely wane. Lines are closed and stations fall into decay. We don’t even have dining cars any more. The railway in Thailand is alive and kicking as…

By Viktor August 5, 2018 0

Luang Prabang – a little Europe in Laos

From a dusty village to a gem of colonial architecture By slow boat down the Mekong – Arriving in Luang Prabang Yes, it takes two whole days and you have to travel without much comfort (unless you charter a whole long boat). Still the two-day slow boat ride down the Mekong river is the best…

By Viktor August 2, 2018 0