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From bicycle touring to backpacking, watercolour painting to clay modelling, the exploration journal captures my journey through many different interests and travel adventures.

I’m passionate about finding those out of the way places that whisk you away from the concerns of everyday life. Whether this is by wading through an overgrown river or trying new paint techniques is up to you!

Category: Travel

Bicycle touring south through Germany

This post marks the end of cycling the Danube and the short hop south into Switzerland to make the transition onto our next great European river: the Rhine! The most exciting part of the last leg of the Danube was the Danube Gorge. The river enters a narrow, wooded gorge and meanders past huge cliffs. As the evening drew near…

Cycling the Danube in Germany

I’ve made a bit of an error with finishing the writeup from my Black Sea bicycle tour last year. I’m finding I have lots of photos but not so many words to go alongside them. Posting as the holiday progresses is a vastly better way of tackling a travel blog. This post is quite long, so I’ve split up the…

Bicycle Touring through Austria

The most popular cycling section of the Danube is the stretch from Passau to Vienna. We started it in August and it was the busiest by far. There was a constant stream of cyclists; day trippers, lycra-clad speeders, other independent tourers like us, but also arranged tour cyclists. Austria has multiple companies that sell a bicycle tour rent package, making…

Hungry in Hungary

We cycled into Hungary on Sunday 19th August. Unbeknownst to us, the first king of Hungary was canonised on the 20th August 1083. We admired the quiet roads as we cycled along, then arrived at the spot where a ferry should be waiting to carry us across the river and realised it was a little too quiet. We nabbed a…

Eurovelo 6 in Croatia

My first impression of Croatia was ‘wow, that’s a lot of bullet holes’. The Croatian war of independence was fought from 1990 – 1995 and the Croatian/Serbian border was a massive war zone. The scars from the war are still plainly visible in most Croatian border towns, we noticed it especially in Vukovar where there was heavy fighting and a…

Through the Iron Gates, Serbia

The Eurovelo 6 route through Serbia starts at the Iron Gates. When I think of the Iron Gates I imagine the Black Gate in Lord of the Rings – a huge monstrosity across a narrow ravine. In Serbia it actually refers to the gorge that the Danube runs through. It has Serbia on one side and Romania on the other.…

Up and over the Transalpina in Romania

Whilst resting at the Danube Delta I read about Eurovelo 6 through Romania and didn’t find it very exciting. Instead we decided to go into the Carpathian mountains and see Bran Castle. In doing so we crossed the mountain range and now have to find our way back to rejoin Eurovelo 6 at the Iron Gates… The route I decided…

Cycling through Transylvania

When reading about Eurovelo 6 I found that the Romanian section of Eurovelo 6 is often described as “boring”, “arduous” or “repetitive”. So I investigated other options and decided that instead we would meander our way through the Carpathian mountains towards Bran Castle, home of Dracula! We considered catching a train or bus between Tulcea and Braila but the Danube…

Departure and the Danube Delta

The morning we left home was hectic. My brother has been away for 6 weeks and so we only had Saturday to pack up for a 10am departure on Sunday. Luckily you can rely on British trains to be running late and so we managed to catch it with plenty of time to spare. It was then a simple job…

Walking to the top of the world

The Vignemale Massif section of the walk was incredibly beautiful but also incredibly steep! We started in Cauterets, a tourist hotspot known for its spas and skiing. We joined the tourist crowd for an hour in the morning, whilst they looked at cheese shops and novelty stores, I was looking at sports shops for new boot insoles. I settled on…