Some interesting facts about Albania

Since the collapse of communism I read there has been a revival of the strict Kanun code from the 15th century in northern Albania. This code covers every aspect of daily life and, according to it, the most important part are honour and hospitality. The hospitality of Albanians I experienced first hand myself. The ‘honour’…

Shkodra in Albania

A relatively easy ride today from Ulcinj (once Albanian, but now Montenegrin) to Shkodra, the last 20 km ridden in Albania. As it is getting late, and the internet is slow again, here in dot point form my first impressions of Albania. More to follow in the next couple of days. . . . .…

Mljet and Dubrovnik

In Korčula I was able to find a catamaran who was prepared to transport me and my heavy bike at great speed to Mljet island, which I wanted to visit for its beauty and national park. According to legend, Odysseus was held up there for 7 years. The same nearly happened to me… Upon my…

Korčula is firmly in Australian hands…

It seems. Given the number of Australian tourists here one could be forgiven for thinking that Korčula is situated on the Victorian coast. Something about it reminds me of Metung. Other than that Korčula town is an age old city on the channel that separates the island of Korčula from the Croatian mainland near Dubrovnik.…

Šibenik, Primošten, Rogoznica, Trogir, and now Split

If you ever make it to this part of the Croatian cost, these are the places to visit. Each of them possibly worth a stop of a couple of days. There are now more and more marinas (one town was even called ‘Marina’ – with a small heart for the dot on the ‘i’). Looks…

Zadar and small world

After an amazing one and half day ride from Plitvice, that afforded me to experience a change of climate and vegetation from the higher altitude dense beech forests via arid scrub vegetation dominated by small oak species to the Machis (Macchia) shrubland of the coastal area. The last descent involved 8 km of downhill riding,…

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes must be counted as one of nature’s unique wonders. Unfortunately also, for many a visitor seeking to enjoy this one, it also attracts many others with varying ideas on how that’s best done. Apparently, more than 1.2 million visitors are recorded annually. Today was my first time here. I had been dreaming of…

Grounded due to rain

Bjelovar lies about 80 km north east of Zagreb. I arrived mid afternoon and was forced to end the day here, as it was raining heavily. At about 10 am this morning I had crossed into Croatia. I was surprised to find two border stations, one Hungarian and one Croatian. This is how it used…

A day in Keszthely

A break from cycling on hot roads was needed. Keszthely on the south western end of Lake Balaton is a suitable location; thankfully the weather had cooled down a bit for the day. Thankfully also, there are things to do and places to see. Festetics, also called Helicon palace, was begun in 1745 and is…

Solo again

After a far too short stay of one day and two nights in Venice it was back on the train for another two nights at the Hotel Praterstern in Vienna. Not much was planned, as the days were getting quite hot at that point, except for a cycling excursion to Kahlenberg, a favourite spot for…

A day exploring Venice

There is a Venice the tourists see and there is definitely a Venice of the locals. This Venice, and its associated social life, exists in the alley ways and plazas some distance away from the places where most tourists hang out, wander and shop. And it definitely exists in the courtyards and gardens behind high…

Venice

After a nearly eight hour train journey from Vienna we arrived in Venice. I again feel that I have arrived in a fairy tale town. Canals instead of streets casting an unfamiliar reflection onto the sides of buildings, which seem to have materlialised from dreams. Most of them clearly showing their age, but still bravely…

Now in Vienna

My apologies for not providing many updates here. It has been difficult to find the time with five of us traveling. Please have a look at the photos and on Instagram. Updates will begin soon. Start of Vienna photos.