August 01, 2003

Czech Republic - Slovakia- in a day?

I remember the Czechoslovakia as it used to be, before. 10-years previously, in 1993, it (to quote wikipedia) 'peacefully dissolved' and became the independent states of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Czechoslovakia was one of the many countries in Europe that I (Lisa) had ridden through as a teenager and driven through with my family when we lived in Germany in the mid 1960's.For us, time was passing…
July 31, 2003

Poland - Auschwitz and Birkenau

Today was an unforgettable day. Today was the day we had decided to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau.Our trip from its inception is about trying to understand the World we live in. The atrocities that happened here, Lisa and I will never understand, but visiting will ensure we never forget!As we drove to Oswiecim both of us were a little apprehensive – this is not the type of day you say…
July 30, 2003

Poland - visiting Krakow

With the bikes easily packed we said our farewells to Diego, again trying to convey our true appreciation. We were back on the road heading to Krakow down the E67.We easily found camping but, after finding the attitude of the management at ‘Camping Korona’ we quickly decided that it was not worth paying £8 a night and so moved on. A little while later we arrived at ‘Camping 171 Krakow’.…
July 28, 2003

Poland - Warsaw

The day was already hot as morning broke. After a quick shower we found Diego in the kitchen sorting out breakfast. Bread rolls, cereal and orange juice. We thanked him profusely and tucked in. Diego left for work as we headed off into Warsaw on the bus. The bus stop was practically in front of his apartment and dropped us off in the heart of the city. It couldn't have…
July 27, 2003

Poland - Łazienki Park and Chopin

We made a move at a reasonable time for once and managed to reach Warsaw around 10:30. However, we were unable to find anywhere to stop with the bikes where we could safely leave them but still keep in eye contact! All we wanted was a coffee and by the time we found a decent place to stop (by going up a one way street into a pedestrian zone) we…
July 26, 2003

Poland - mushy zupa mleczna

Simon surprisingly had no hangover however, I was suffering a little! All my own fault and way too much krupnik.The campers around us were keen for us to enjoy a traditional Polish breakfast with them and so we wandered slowly (with me suffering all the way!) up to the canteen area. The breakfast was indeed traditional...and something which we both struggled to eat (and we will try most things!)Breakfast was…
July 25, 2003

Poland - Kindness and Krupnik

It is often said that what makes fantastic journeys are the people you meet and not the places you visit -we have already met some truly wonderful people during our trip so far and our first night in Poland was not going to be the exception.Deciding to ride through Lithuania without stopping (next time we promise we will!) we had crossed the borders without any problems, just the usual queues.…
July 25, 2003

Lithuania - dont blink!

We hope to come back one day and explore Lithuania but at present we only drove through it on our way to Poland. We expect there will have been many changes as we were riding though Lithuania at a time of huge change – the country was aiming to join the EU and become a full member of NATO next year, 2004. I wonder how it will fair?Perhaps some of…
July 19, 2003

Latvia - Green card

Tent packed, bikes loaded and with clear blue skies our destination was Riga the capital of Latvia. Taking route 1 towards Latvia (shown on our map as the M12) crossing the border we meet our first really unhelpful and obnoxious guard. After presenting our documents he demanded “THE REST!” – this had us both stumped as he had every bit of paperwork and document we had in our possession. Now,…
July 18, 2003

Estonia - 'shit my life!'

Today our aim was to reach Parnu – for no more reason than this appeared to be the halfway point in Estonia. Parnu turned out to be quite a revelation after the relative ‘hardship’ of Russia. Bars, sports, large supermarkets and a long beach that ran along the outskirts of the city. After a quick stop at tourist information for camping advice we had pitched the tent only feet from…

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