On this trip we cycled three months in Europe on the way to Latin America and three months again on our return. This certainly justifies a little rant and rave about the places that made an impression on us.
We have decided to exclude meals and accommodation in private homes to eliminate long queues on your doorsteps at unearthly hours of the morning! You know who you are and your personal touch was greatly appreciated. Thanks a million!
Best Glasgow, Scotland Fresh juice, coffee, Earl Grey tea, bacon, sausages, black pudding, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans (optional!), potato cakes, muesli, fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, cheese, and cold cuts in addition to the standard continental breakfast.
Best France and Spain These two countries are a cyclists’ dream when it comes to shopping for picnics. Villages aren’t far apart and abound in local specialities ranging from cured duck and homemade cheeses to olives and oysters fresh from the beach. Yum, yum!
Best – France and Spain The same two countries win hands down again for their multi-course evening meals. We gorged out on fresh seafood, patés, hearty casseroles, paellas, duck and tapas, to name but a few. And of course, for Kurt, the exceptional local wines added an extra touch after a long day on the bike!
Ria de Aveiro, Portugal For some quiet coastal scenery, it’s hard to beat the Ria de Aveiro, where the colourful painted boats on the white sand beaches are picture postcard material… and it’s all flat!
Brittany coastline, France Pink granite boulders, tonnes of medieval towns, castles, lighthouses, megalithic tombs, cliffs and beaches make for very entertaining scenery. The only drawback was that the weather was just as varied.
The Guggenheim, Spain The Guggenheim art museum in Bilbao is a must see for it’s unique architecture and imposing impression. Let yourself be inspired by its shapes, texture, curves, colour and reflections.
Medieval towns, France We found it impossible to single one out. What they all have in common is a beautiful plaza where you can enjoy a tasty sandwich in the shade of a tree. Then, they always have some little treat in store for you… more would be telling!
Barcelona, Spain Now that’s what we call a city! Soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere in this happening melting pot. Enjoy a cafe on the Ramblas, check out the Gaudi legacies, stoll along the beach and gorge in excellent catalan cuisine… and that’s only for starters!
France, Britain and Switzerland all have beautiful marked cycling routes, but it was only when we hit Holland that we realised what perfection really is. We can’t judge Dutch drivers, as we seldom crossed their paths!
Galicia, Spain If it weren’t for the northern coastal road in Galicia, we wouldn’t have to mention bad drivers in Europe. Save yourself a life-threatening situation in Galicia and stick to the mountains, where traffic is reduced to a few cows!