After an intense month, I arrived in Lisbon. I had one night to explore this vibrant city and I fully embraced the chance to disappear into a new city. I settled into this charming hostel (Sunset Destination Hostel) before turning my attention to the narrow cobble stone streets, the colourful ceramic buildings, and the crumbing … More Disappearing for a day into a magical city: Lisbon, Portugal
Well, this was unexpected. My sis and I have been concocting a plan to ride across the fine UK next august. from the southern tip (Lands End) to the northern tail (John O’Groats). Approx this… Which is gonna be a grand adventure and I am beyond excited for it. But then, this morning, as I … More Adventure planning: Coast to Coast 2017
A few years ago, my sister and I had the best day in Argentina, biking between wineries, sampling olive oil and wine. Those blissful moments are still some of the best – the combination of biking with someone you like on a hot, sunny day, stopping to sip some of the best wines of the … More Bikes & wine: Nice edition
France We woke up to yet another beautiful morning in France (I am pretty sure that they only have beautiful days in the south of France). After a quick swim and a coffee, we wandered through the winding streets of the old city toward the port. We caught the local bus (bus 100) and headed to … More 3 countries in 1 day? Why naaaht!: France, Monaco, Italy
A few years ago, if you had told me that I would be vacationing in the south of France with a crew of Dykxhoorns, I would have been convinced you were slightly delusional.The marvelous thing about Nice is that you are expected, nay REQUIRED, to relax and transition to a slower, sweeter life. The best … More Oh how Nice!
After leaving the charming town of Bayeux, we made our way back to Paris to catch our flight to Nice. On the way, we stopped by Versailles to stroke golden gates and marvel at the symmetry of the French gardens. Unfortunately, for the keen learners in the crew who have not seen the inside of … More The classiest folk at Versailles
One of the highlights of our time in Normandy was the time we spent on the charming island of Mont Saint-Michel, which has been the home of a monastery since the 8th century! While Mont Saint-Michel is a little bit out of the way (but we had a rented car and got to enjoy the … More Magical moments at Mont Saint-Michel
During our time in Normandy, we stopped by several of the places where D-Day operations had taken place in June 6, 1944. The Normandy landings were the beginning of the operation to liberate Europe from Nazi control. On this day, 24,000 Canadian, American, and British groups landed on the coach of france, spanning 80 … More Normandy landings of D-day: Juno beach, Omaha beach, Utah beach
This was not my first visit to the City of Light, but it was possibly the most memorable trip (perhaps because I wasn’t 20 and inebriated, which tends to degrade the memory). In fact, globbing onto my uncle’s vacation (with his partner and my cousin), I got to enjoy a much more civilised, luxurious version … More We will always have Paris
Once I arrived in Newhaven, I was on the evening ferry to Dieppe. I passed the very pleasant 3-hour ferry ride swapping tales of adventure with two other cycle tourists I had met (shout out to John & Karen!). When we landed in Dieppe, it was around 11pm. My plan was to cycle for 10k … More Biking from Dieppe to Paris!