Bohemian Paradise: 3 must see places

The Bohemian Paradise in Czechia (the Czech Republic) is a place where you become a child again. Or feel like Indiana Jones. You can find rocks of bizarre shape, labyrinths of moss-covered cliffs, lakes and waterfalls in a relatively compact area. And if that’s not enough, history lovers can admire old castles and everyone will enjoy a walk in one of the cute towns of the region. You can find the Bohemian Paradise in the Czech Republic, or more precisely in the north of Bohemia. It’s around 100 km north-east from the capital, Prague. This land of special natural beauty …

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M’Goun Traverse in the Atlas, Morocco – Part 1

” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] The M’Goun Massif is part of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, North-West Africa. Its highest peaks are well over 3000m (Mount M’Goun is over 4000m). These days many of the small villages are connected with good quality paved roads but if you want to discover the higher regions, you’ll have to follow old mule tracks. The M’Goun offers several opportunities for multi-day hikes. One of the most popular routes is the M’Goun Traverse, which crosses the range from Agouti to Ait Hamza. (Of course, you can change the start and end points.) Quick facts: Total …

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Sidi Ifni, a touch of Spain in Africa

  ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Your bus arrives in Avenue Hassan II and you can feel the salty breeze on your face. Somebody greets you with a cheerful ‘Hola!’ as you walk down the streets lined with white and blue houses. A man sells cactus fruit outside one of the many arcaded houses and two women cross the street ahead of you to disappear in a narrow alley. Then you walk past beautiful but long abandoned colonial buildings and the eerie atmosphere of Sidi Ifni captures you. Sidi Ifni is located in the south of Morocco (if we don’t …

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Uludag trek in 3 days, Part 2

Three days in the Uludag Mountains in West Turkey, Part 2/2 The hike continues to the ridge of the mountain, where you can see lakes of amazing blue, and back to Bursa on a different route on the 3rd day Walking trip, medium hard Where: Uludag Mountains, West Turkey Transport: you can reach the trail head by taxi from Bursa Return trip: by metro after some more walk Distance: about 56 km Accommodation: hotel in Bursa (like Güneş Hotel, 75 lira (about 25 Euros/room) Camping in the wild on the hill or there is an abandoned refuge on the ridge in …

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Albanian coffee culture

Sophisticated and highly social ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   It’s a typical morning scene in the thousands of cafés and bars thriving throughout this small Mediterranean country. People young and old (though mainly male) are sitting around small round tables, leisurely sipping their cups of espresso. You won’t see people having a quick cup at the counter like in Italy. They take their time with their Albanian “avash-avash” attitude and not only in the morning, far from it. It’s quite OK to have 4-5 cups of strong coffee a day and even late in the evening. Albanian coffee culture …

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Uludag trek in 3 days

Three days in the Uludag Mountains in West Turkey, Part 1/2 From raspberry fields through pine forests to the top of the Uludag, where you can find snow in July Walking trip, medium hard Where: Uludag Mountains, West Turkey Transport: you can reach the trail head by taxi from Bursa Return trip: by metro after some more walk Distance: about 56 km Accommodation: hotel in Bursa (like Güneş Hotel, 75 lira (about 25 Euros/room) Camping in the wild on the hill or there is an abandoned refuge on the ridge in case of bad weather Supplies: just what you take with …

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Hungary’s leaning tower and other beauties

Day trip in North-East Hungary Admire a fairy-tale palace, cross a floating bridge and meet Hungary’s own leaning tower on a day trip from Miskolc to Tokaj You can travel by: bicycle or car Distance: about 90 km Return trip: hourly trains from Tokaj or Bodrogkeresztúr Tokaj is a pretty small town in North-East Hungary and home to one of the best known Hungarian export items, Tokaji wine. The town and the nearby villages offer wine-tasting programs for all budgets but there is more to this area than just alcohol. Tokaj has a nicely renovated centre with lovely houses, cafés …

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Grumpy conductors and night cycling in Belgrade

Balkans cycling trip, Days 42-45 16-19 August 2017: Korçë – Ohrid – Belgrade – Subotica – Szeged We say goodbye to Albania and get a taste of Macedonia in the lakeside town of Ohrid. Then we struggle with grumpy conductors and bus drivers and ride a bike in Belgrade at midnight. After long bus rides we enjoy the last 50 km on our bicycles back to Hungary. Distance: 74 km + 13 km + 52 km Total distance: 2024 km A group of  teenagers were gathering at the hotel early in the morning to start their training. They all wore …

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Across the mountains to Korce, Albania

Balkans Cycling Trip, day 41 15 August 2017: Gërmenj – Korçë What seems a piece of cake on the map turns out to be a challenging day with several mountains to climb. We approach Korce with aching bodies and disintegrating gear… Distance: 75 km Total distance: 1885 km Optimistic plans One more delicious breakfast by Farma Sotira and we were out on the road again. We were planning to camp in the wild for one last time because I found absolutely no information about the campsite in Kamenice, marked on my Locus map. I thought we might even get as …

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Pinched grapes and a clumsy thief

Balkans Cycling Trip, days 39-40 13-14 August 2017: Permët- Gërmenj Out of two options, we choose the shorter and more difficult one, but it is more interesting and quieter for sure. This day offers probably the most beautiful landscapes of the whole trip as we leave the Vjosa valley and reach Leskovik. We ride past shepherds, roadside shrines and bunkers as we approach a remote campsite above 1100 m. Distance: 56 km Total distance: 1810 km In the morning we were thankful to see the dog didn’t take any of our shoes. We sat down in the bar of the …

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