Mountainous switchbacks make powerful thighs: VN de Milfontes to Carrapateira

Another perfectly sunny day. I saddled up my pony and glided to a nearby town to check out a stunning view and drink a pair of espressos. It turned out that caffeine and bag of chips became essential fuel for the mountain switchbacks that were to come. At this point in my journey, I had decided … More Mountainous switchbacks make powerful thighs: VN de Milfontes to Carrapateira

Avoiding highways, tiny dirt roads, spectacular beaches, and miles of sand: Santiago do Cacém and south

Day 3 of my bike trip was not my longest day, but it had more than its share of adventure from the very beginning. My day got off to an awkward start. Basically, the A series highways are full-on motorways, upon which it is illegal (and inadvisable) to cycle on. My camping spot was close … More Avoiding highways, tiny dirt roads, spectacular beaches, and miles of sand: Santiago do Cacém and south

Giant pinecones, half-naked trees, and pretty beaches: Setúbal – Santiago do Cacém

As you can see from the elevation map, my second day on the bike got off to a FAST start – going basically straight downhill, while swerving around tight mountainous corners. It was an exhillerating way to start the day, with epic scenery that I was going way too fast to take any pictures of. Once … More Giant pinecones, half-naked trees, and pretty beaches: Setúbal – Santiago do Cacém

Bits of Bavarian beauty

Here are a few last gems from my trip to Bavaria, which was saturated with moments of breathtaking beauty that were irresistible to my camera lens. From towering forests: Sweeping scenes: Sparkling mountain lakes: And the smallest little details that added sweetness (wild strawberries that I snacked on on my hike) and marvel (giant snails!), and pleasing aromas … More Bits of Bavarian beauty

Hohenfreyberg & Eisenberg castle ruins: Bavaria, Germany

This region of Bavaria is known for Neuschwanstein, however, as mentioned in my last post, Neuschwanstein is actually a modern castle, which was built in the medieval style. It never played a defensive or strategic role. In contrast, the Hohenfreyberg and Eisenberg Castles were ACTUAL medieval castles which had tremendous militaristic significance in the 14th through 19th … More Hohenfreyberg & Eisenberg castle ruins: Bavaria, Germany

Fairytale castles and magical mornings

Neuschwanstein Castle It is practically required to head up to see the Disney-inspiring castle when you are in Bavaria.Not only is its physical structure articist, and beautiful, striking in contrast to the harsh rock cliffs, its name is musical – meaning “New Swan Stone” which was taken from one of Wagner’s operas. Built by King Ludwig … More Fairytale castles and magical mornings