Monthly Archives: October 2012

Top 5 Cycling destinations in Europe

travel, travel musings, destination

Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or someone trying their hand at biking tourism for the first time these top 5 cycling destinations in Europe offer spectacular choices for all levels. With challenges ranging from the world famous routes of the Tour de France, to the gentle and picturesque countryside’s of Britain, you will find a range of fabulous cycling experiences across this historical and cultural part of the world.

France – Provence

Being one of the earliest known sites of human dwelling in Europe, Provence has history packed into its amazing geography. Surrounded by the mountainous landscapes of the Maritime Alps, The Alpilles and the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, this on its own makes for a scenic and breathtaking ride. Add the sweeping fields of Lavender, poppy’s and sunflowers for another assault to the visual senses. Ride the coast line of the Mediterranean, the banks of the Rhone River and the Camargue (Western Europe’s largest river delta) where on the latter you will find brine ponds that are home to over 400 species of birds, including the greater flamingo. Together with the food and wine that Provence and many other regions of France are famous for, this is a place that is surely to satisfy not only the panoramic desires of any outdoor adventurer or cyclist but also the stomach and tastebuds.

Florence – Italy

Florence and its surroundings are rich with history and culture and what better way to soak up the atmosphere than on a bike. Beginning in the city centre, this area is mostly flat and inaccessible to cars and buses. This makes for convenient sightseeing as well as safe and easy riding under the Tuscan sun! Sights to be seen are endless! From Piazza Michelangelo, Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, the Pitti Palace, Galleria delgli Uffizi and the Galleria dell’Accademia (where Michelangelo’s David is located). Once finished biking the streets of the city, the surrounding hills of Florence await, providing romantic views of the city, along with panorama’s of the local olive groves, vineyards, medieval castles and stunning hillside villa estates.

Loften Islands – Norway

The Loften Islands are an amazing spectacle of jagged island mountain peaks that guide cyclists along a narrow coastal road. The area is made for easy riding and when ventured during the time of the midnight sun, the activities of fishing, hiking or swimming in the fjords before and after a day of cycling are unlimited. Quaint fishing villages hug the coastline, offering cyclists cosy accommodation in traditionally painted fisherman’s wood cabins, of which some are almost 1000 years old!


Greece offers a stunning variety of scenery and leisurely activities outside of your daily riding. With the coastline surrounded by aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea and rugged country sweeping down to meet the water makes for a raw contrast in this epic outdoor experience. Bring your bathers for a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean and sit back and relax to enjoy the local cuisine at the end of a day’s cycling. Tour through friendly villages and stone hamlets, not forgetting tourist hotspots of Mykonos and Kalavryta. As well as stunning coastlines, Greece also boasts beautiful national parks waiting to be discovered.

Yorkshire – Britain

These tracks are great for all ages and abilities, making Yorkshire ideal for family riding holidays. The cycling routes range from gorgeous forest trails to disused railways to canal towpaths. Riders can travel from Whitby to Scarborough along the 34km disused railway following the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast. Create your own route to make short trips or take a week to cycle the entire North Moors National Park. Riders will be met by breathtaking views of rolling farmland, ancient forests, heather moorland and stretching coastline.

The adventures to be had throughout Europe on two wheels are endless and promise the experience of a lifetime. A true getaway from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan areas if desired, with time spent amongst the spectacles of Mother Nature providing a truly rejuvenating holiday to remember. Check out the range of bikes at and start preparing yourself for an unforgettable cycling adventure!

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mailday thursday {18 october}

postcards, mailday

It has been awhile since I last visited the Post Office, particularly the one found in the city proper, so today, since  the Yoga center, where I know go twice a week to learn the proper Yoga techniques, is just a tricycle-ride away from it, we proceeded to this post office after my yoga class.

Here is the list of the postcards I mailed:

Postcrossing Philippines Meet-Up Card

  • Ruby R, CDO ~ Palawan/Boracay
  • Clarissa S, Japan ~ Philippines 
  • Arlene C, Iligan City ~ Luzon map card
  • Fe M, Laguna ~ Luzon map card
  • Ria R, Naga ~ Greetings from Manila
  • Cheerful D, Thailand ~ Greetings from Manila
  • Elena P, Russian Federation ~ Philippine Blue map card

Direct Swap

  • Elena P, Russian Federation ~ Banaue Big Card
  • Medhi K, Tunisia ~ Angkor Wat, Thailand/Smiling Bayon, Thailand
Official Cards
  • Danny D, Israel ~ Fort San Pedro, Cebu City
  • Estrella E, Spain ~ Fort San Pedro, Cebu City
  • Kerri H, FL ~ Taal Basilica
Hopefully these cards find their way into their respective owners’ mailboxes soon enough! I’ve got another batch of postcards to send so I might just be visiting the Post Office real soon. 😉

Where Should I Go With My RV?

travel, travel tips, parks

The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

Having an RV is great, but it can also be difficult to find places to go. Especially if you are new to having a recreational vehicle, and don’t have friends to go with, you’re on your own. Here are some great thoughts about places to go with your RV.

Stay Local

The best RV-friendly places have camping options to accommodate your RV. Many places have RV-friendly camping within a 1-2 hour drive. This could be a beach campsite, along a lake or river, or in the mountains.

Check with your local sporting goods store and see if there are any great places nearby that would be great for your RV.

See the National Parks

Going to the National Park system is a great use of your RV. Most national parks have plenty of camping, and most have RV-hookups that you can use as well. It is important to note that many of the popular campsites require reservations, while others are first-come, first-serve. Check in advance before driving for hours to get to a park, only to discover it’s full.

The most popular parks always surround geological wonders, while at the same time having lots of outdoor activities. Here are some of the most popular:

  • The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • The Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
  • Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming
  • Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky

Things to Consider

When travelling to these national parks or other locations, it is important that you are prepared for your travels. This means not only checking in advance before going, but making sure that you have simple caravan insurance that isn’t lapsed. For many people, not driving their RVs consistently makes them forget to renew their insurance, or even do proper maintenance on their vehicles.

If you haven’t traveled in your RV in a while, check your records, make sure everything is updated, and maybe even take your RV to your mechanic to get it checked out. The last thing you want is to break down in the middle of no-where.

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keeping + storing my postcard collection

postcards, tips on postcard collecting

I’ve heard numerous kinds of ways of how people store their precious postcard collection. Some would organize them in different boxes according to theme + then store these boxes, one on top of the other in a cool + well-ventilated storage cabinet. Some would go to too much trouble of wrapping each lovely postcard with non-acidic films or cellophane before pasting them onto sheets of paper + then organizing these sheets into clear folders. I don’t have the time to do this with my little collection, but I kind of liked the idea of storing them in boxes where I can easily marvel + sift through them whenever I feel the urge to, so a box that would fit them all nicely sounds like the best idea I’ve ever heard of. In fact, I have transferred my collection to several boxes until I settled with this bigger one that I am using now.

The only problem is I cannot lag this box onto my eco-bag whenever I travel to meet up with my swap buddies, can I? It was a good thing my sister found these lovely photo albums in the bookstore one time {my sisters are photo enthusiasts like me + loves to keep their photos organized in albums, too!}, I bought a 5″x7″ variety for my postcards! I excitedly arranged the postcards onto the album when I got home + viola my map card collection, as well as the official postcards are neatly tucked in there, ready to leave in a second’s notice for our next meet-up, which I guess will be sometime next month! 🙂

Me + my postcard collection are good with the box + the photo album, but if you have a better idea on how to keep + store you postcard collection, I’d be happy to hear about it! 😉