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St Petersburg – The Urban Side – Photos

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I’m now back in the UK. Again. It’s wonderful with the warm sun and green fields, leafy trees and chirping birds. What a contrast to Magadan in the Russian Far East.

And the girl in me is rather enjoying having a choice of clothes to put on in the morning, conditioner as well as shampoo and even a hairdrier! Then…

Kolyma Highway Photos – Winter Biking – 2000km Yakutsk to Magadan

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Well, there are many stories to tell from the last couple of months. The 2000km from Yakutsk to Magadan was a fantastic ride, made all the more memorable by the incredibly kind, generous, hospitable people I met along the way. My journal is full!

Winter Biking Kolyma Highway

But this blog post is not for telling those stories with words.…

Iceland

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August 20, 2013 – September 3, 2013

We got up early in the morning and packed our belongings. With tears in my eyes I said goodbye to all the horses. Everything was ready to go. Rocky sat on the bike, turned the key…and nothing. The motorcycle wouldn’t start. We spent a few hours trying to wiggle wires and charge the…

TRIP 2 – Preparation

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TRIP 2 – Preparation
Well well well… I am dying to start the second trip of my motorbike overland travel. First things first, I have not decided yet the route to take and I am rethinking the overall route planning.
The new master plan should be:

South Africa (Cape Town), Namibia, Botswana (Gaborone)- (August 2013, three weeks)
Botswana (Gaborone), Zimbabwe…

Too Cold – Winter Biking Yakutia Photos

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Oh where do I start?!
I think for now, I will just show you the photos from the last couple of weeks.
Mostly it was too cold to stop and take photos… sometimes when I did, the camera wouldn’t work anyway. When it’s -40C and colder (when I woke one morning from the bivvy, it was -50C), priorities are about…

Volterra, Tuscany, Italy 12/13

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Heading south out of the enchanting town of San Gimignano, we couldn’t resist a quick stop in Volterra to visit its Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, with thousands of funeral urns dating back to the Hellenistic and Archaic periods. Main attractions are the bronze statuette “Shadow of the Night” and the sculpted effigy of an Etruscan couple in terracotta. The town was…

FRANCE: RIDING THE ALPINE LINE

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We’re taking a short break from our trans-America trip (aah…what a lovely mountain of post!), so I’ve grabbed the opportunity to jump on the bike and head for the hills. The Alpine Line was the section of the Maginot Line intended to defend France’s south-eastern border with Italy. The line traverses the mountainous region of the Alpes Maritime and, apart…

San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy 12/13

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Christmas 2013
We’re playing catch up again. In case you wondered where we were and what we did for Christmas, here’s a brief report. Leaving Pisa behind us we followed secondary roads through beautiful Tuscany of Italy. The scenery was truly everything we could have expected from this famous region, even in wintertime.
Chief navigator Monika was searching the map…

Pisa, Tuscany, Italy 12/13

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With our water leak fixed and the assurance we would have a warm Christmas with hot water, we headed east and crossed into Italy. Our first stop was the famous town Pisa, which much to Monika’s annoyance I continued to call it Pizza.
Certainly on the short list of things we had to see in Italy was the famous leaning…

Nice Caravanes, France 12/13

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It had been an interesting morning. We had spent several hours wandering through the Pont de Gau Bird Park near the town of Stes Maries-de-la-Mer, photographing thousands of pink flamingos who flock there every day to gobble up the rice that the Park provides for them. Returning to the truck, we decided to have a bowl of hot soup for…

Biking to Lake Baikal and Olkhon Island

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Just over a week has passed since leaving Irkutsk… and now I’m back. Briefly. Tomorrow I take a train to Neriyungri to begin the very cold cycle to Yakutsk.
But back to the last week. It seems a lot has happened. Firstly I cycled to Lake Baikal – it took five days. A bit longer than expected. The first 3…

Arriving In Iceland

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We arrived at the airport just shortly after 12am. I was surprised by the amount of light still left in the northern sky. Without a motorcycle it felt strange, almost a little lonely. Rocky searched outside the airport for a place to pitch our tent but I had doubts that we’d be ok to camp on airport grounds. It…

The Camargue #2, Rhône Delta, France 12/13

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A must-stop on the way to Arles is the Pont de Grau Bird Park founded in 1949 by the passionate Camarguais ornithologist André Lamoroux. In 1974, his son, René Lamoroux, took charge. He envisioned a large sanctuary for local and migrating birds. Today, the park has grown to 60 hectares where thousands of birds can feel safe and their migratory stop-over, feeding…

The Camargue #1, Rhône Delta, France 12/13

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The Camargue – It has a mystical ring for any European. Beautiful wild white horses and Gypsies gathering in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer once a year. The Camargue, the Rhône River Delta, is the largest delta in Western Europe, but it is much more than that: Fighting Camargue bulls, straw thatched white farm houses, dykes, brine lagoons, lakes and reed covered mashes, rice…

Into the White

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Time for a long-awaited update…
After a few weeks back home, I’m finally back out in Russia – in Irkutsk, near Lake Baikal.
The first 3 weeks at home were spent indulging in the guiltless excesses of good food and drink over xmas, safe in the knowledge that I’ll be burning those calories off soon enough. No New Year’s Resolution…

Carcassonne, Languedoc Roussillon Region, France, 12/13

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Driving through the Southwestern part of France, many people had insisted we visit Carcassonne, the largest fortified city in Europe. What struck us first were the impenetrable walls high up on the hill, yet people were driving their cars into the fully walled cité where they clattered by us over the cobblestones. Cars in a fortress? It felt strange.…

Vinça, Languedoc Roussillon Region, France, 12/13

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Being members of the Silk Road Motor Caravan Club, fellow travelers British/Scottish Chris and Jack Kane, invited us to stop by at their home in Vinça, France. Having just returned from a six-year journey through Central and North America, they were keenly aware of our needs to get off the road for a few days. It seems that things like emails,…

Besalú, Cataluña, Spain 11/13

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It was in Figueres that we met up with our old friend Chema Huete, past editor of Solo Auto 4×4. The readers of this magazine followed our travels through South America in the late 80’s and our Siberian trip in 1996. Chema now owns 4×4 Pasion.com, an online magazine.
We spent a couple of fun evenings with him, his lovely wife…

Salvador Dalí Museum, Figueres, Cataluña, Spain 11/13

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Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), the famous and colorful Catalan artist and writer, had very clear visions when he insisted that “his” museum should be in Figueres, the town of his birth. On the site of the former municipal theater, the Dalí Theatre-Museo was born. He had his creative hand in every detail of this venue. It is the largest surrealistic…

Camping Riudarenes, Cataluña, Spain

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Leaving Barcelona, we headed east. It was getting late and we really needed to take a couple of days to reorganize, sort slides, answer emails, etc., so when we spotted an off the beaten track campground, we turned left. Soon we arrived at Camping Riudarenes, a quiet RV park in the woods. There were many stationary campers whose owners live in…

Of Thimba’s flatulence, the crisis and other relevant issues

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O.k., since I coined this blog “Travels with Thimba”, it is more than appropriate that I should share some thoughts on what the road trip with my canine companion is like. So far. And having only crossed Europe to the south of Spain in a very relaxed sort of way, and on impeccably tarmaced and completely empty autopistas (don’t mention…

Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

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Arriving in Barcelona, we had three goals: Finding a safe parking place for The Turtle V, and revisiting both the Mercat (Market) de la Boqueria and the Basilica La Sagrada Familia.
Carefully following our GPS instructions, we spent a good half-hour wandering around in circles following one-way streets through the chaotic traffic until we finally found a parking lot that…

Is that the Bosphorus Straits? It sure is!! – Leg 4 is complete!!

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Is that the Bosphorus Straits? It sure is!!
(Istanbul, Turkey)
Hi All,
Boris, Kiwi Ted and I arrived in Istanbul safely. We crossed the Bosphorus Straits on Saturday to complete Leg 4 of The Great Game Expedition in unconventional style. Due to Boris’ gearbox problems we covered the last 4000 kms on the back of a range of trucks and…

The Race Home for Christmas

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Day: 255
KLMS: 40,539
With the Africa leg of our journey completed, it was now a race against time to fulfil our promise of being home by Christmas. We had decided that the best route home would be to catch a boat from Israel to Italy, using Grimaldi, a reliable Italian cargo company rather than trying to face the nightmare…

Colónia Güell, Cataluña, Spain 10/13

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During our visit to St Cirq Lapopie, France, we met Pablo and Cris, a nice couple from Santa Coloma de Cervelló near Barcelona who invited us to stop by on our way east. They kept insisting the nearby Colónia Güell was a very special place we absolutely had to see.
We found safe parking right in front of their condominium.…

Pre-Christmas in the South of France 2013

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Note: We are in the South of France near the Italian border. We’ll bring you up to speed with a new segment of blogs soon -  after Christmas.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Today, when Swiss light the fourth candle on their Advent wreaths and Nevada City has the last of its famous Victorian Christmas markets, we too brought a little…

D – Alltag im Black Forest

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unterwegs im schönen Schwarzwald

Kati: Zugegeben, der letzte Blog scheint schon eine kleine Ewigkeit her zu sein. Mit unserem guten Vorsatz den Blog am Laufen zu halten sind wir in den letzten Monaten etwas nachlässig
umgegangen. Aber Dank dem freundlich bestimmten Hinweis meiner Sandkastenfreundin Christiane muss sich mal wieder etwas tun hier. Also berichten wir mal wieder, wie es…

Costa Blanca #3, Spain 11/13

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Escaping from the flock of Snowbirds and the super resort city of Benidorm, we arrived in Jávea (Xabia) by evening and rather than search for a campground—that turned out to be closed for the winter—we found safe parking on the rocky coast. Just about to prepare dinner, the young Brit Oliver we had met earlier stopped by with his girlfriend…

Nearly Summer!

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Only 10 days to the winter solstice here in Scotland, the shortest day of the year. After that the days will become longer (thank God) and we will be heading towards Spring. Work on the book continues very slowly as does work on the presentation! Some garage work being done as the temperature isn’t too bad, the AJS is on…

Costa Blanca #2, Spain, 11/13

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With our grey water tank nearly full and our freshwater tank almost empty, we headed north to Aguilas to resupply. Leaving Cabo de Gata and the Costa Almería, we drove north on good highways towards the super resort city of Benidorm on Spain’s famous Costa Blanca.
We stopped for the night at a beach recommended by fellow travelers, Playa del…