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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!

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Black Sea to England Cycle Tour Recap

Summer 2018 was an adventurous few months. I went backpacking in the Pyrenees and then got home and started my second bicycle tour. This involved loading the bikes onto a plane and flying to Romania, then meandering back to England through Europe. I’ve collected my adventures over the summer into this post with quick links to each country along with…

Cycling Loire à Vélo (and home!)

From Nevers we decided to follow Eurovelo 6 all the way to the end – the estuary of the Loire in Saint-Nazaire. This is the final 600km home stretch of finishing both Loire a Velo and Eurovelo 6 in one fell swoop. About 100km along from Nevers we found the town of Gien. One of the best things I’ve discovered…

Cycling France, from Saint Louis to Nevers

Back when we were planning where to go on this cycle tour, one of the options we thought of was nipping over the English channel to France and spending a few weeks meandering through the French countryside. In the end we settled on going from Romania to England of course, but I like to think that these last two weeks…

Rheinfall, and cycle touring through Switzerland

From our hilltop campsite in Germany it was a quick cycle into Schaffhausen, the town famous for Rheinfall. We were amazed by how clear the Rhine was when we first saw it, it was a shock after cycling along the Danube that alternates between murky green and stirred mud where the boats brush the river bed. In comparison, the Rhine…

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.…