Thumbs Up – vol.3

Thumbs Up – vol.3

Netherlands
This is the country of flatlands, but don’t be deceived the headwinds may take you by surprise. A beautiful country sites with endless network of canals and immaculately manicured gardens proudly owned by their owners.

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ROADS  no comment, this is the cyclists Mecca, but remember the bicycle ways are shared with the moped riders
ACCOMMODATIONS – farm camping is quite inexpensive and popular among Dutch. It is not always easy to find though.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
– Friet with fritessaus (Dutch mayo)
– Heineken, on a sunny or rainy day
– the Red District, always fun to visit
– The roundabouts for cyclists, totally awesome
– Someone asked a Dutch cyclist; why cyclists don’t wear the helmets here? The cyclist answered; We don’t fall on our heads.

Denmark
The horned helmets Vikings in Denmark? Nah, it is a myth. The warriors used to be bareheaded or wore a simple helmets made of either iron or leather. Up until now only one viking’s helmet was ever found with no horns though. Discovery was made in the Gjermundbu farm in Norway. If you however still curious to learn more about Vikings you need to visit the Viking villages in Albertslund and Frederikssund northwest of Copenhagen. The countryside is quite picturesque, but flat and windy. No figure, more than 40% of the total electricity consumption is produced by wind turbines. But don’t forget the large deposits of oil and natural gas add to Denmark’s GDP and the high standard of living.

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ROADS  the cyclists friendly with hundreds of kilometres of the bicycle paths
ACCOMMODATIONS – the campgrounds are clean and with all needed amenities. The WiFi not always easily available – “You’re on holidays why do you need the internet.” One of the comments I have heard 🙂
AFFORDABILITY – overall pricey, but manageable

ADDITIONAL NOTES
– A public toilet operated by phone.
– Make sure to have a spare sandwich or extra water with you. For whatever the reason there aren’t too many corner stores around.
– If you’re in Copenhagen make sure to visit Christiania, self governed Freetown with around 1,000 inhabitants. Make sure to follow the rules when ‘exploring’ this area.

Danish Countryside
The honesty stand (box) – Pick & Pay

Germany
All though the major credit cards are recognized, many places will accept the cash only. So make sure to carry sufficient amount of euros with you when travelling through out Germany. It was definitely annoying experience, but it doesn’t look Germans will be making a wide rapid move to change the form of payment anytime soon.

Overall Experience 🍺🍺🍺🍺 out of FIVE

ROADS  okay, but be aware some of the bicycle paths. They can be quite bumpy and if you decide to use the road instead, drivers will be annoyed with you.
ACCOMMODATIONS – always ask if the hot water and WiFi is included in price. Most likely not.
AFFORDABILITY – manageable

ADDITIONAL NOTES
– Don’t bother with American Express unless visiting the large cities.
– The least expensive beer in Europe €0.25
– Germans from eastern side less hospitable than western part.
– The Rademacher bicycle service in Schwerin superb

WW1 & WW2 military burials are easy to spot
The Sunflower Fields in Germany

Poland
It is hard not to be biased when writing about the homeland. The advantage of speaking language and knowledge of culture brings the comfort and confidence when cycling across. Poland changed a lot in the last thirty years and today it is one of the most developed out of all post communist countries. Generally is clean, safe and affordable. There are a lot of history to learn about this part of Europe. You won’t be disappointed visiting Poland and if your guide speaks Polish you are ahead other travellers.

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ROADS  northern side of the country fairly good bicycle paths and lanes network. Southwest of Warsaw gradually gets worse. The Lower Silesia? The worst of all European countries I cycled through. In fact it can be dangerous.
ACCOMMODATIONS – Good price, but enough campgrounds. There is also farm camping available, but not widely advertised. Many Dutch RV campers use them.
AFFORDABILITY – manageable and if you shop at Biedronka or Lidl it can be cheap.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
– Don’t wear the soccer jersey when in Poland.
– Keep in mind Poland is not only about Kraków. There are so many other cities you will enjoy to visit.
– The national drink is vodka so make sure to have a shot of Żubrówka

Polish-Canadian Connection – Campsite in Elbląg
With Wade and Jill in Wrocław – A little statues of dwarfs symbolize the Orange Alternative (Polish anti-communist movement). There are apparently 400 dwarfs scattered allover the city.

Czech Republic
This was my second visit to this mountainous country. Since the fall of communism Czechia – Prague in particular – has became one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. Where ever you are you’ll have a great time. Just make sure to have cash n hand, especially when outside of the cities.

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ROADS  Short steep downhills and excruciating steep uphills. You are in High Tatras after all. There are not too many bicycle ways, so stick to the roads. Don’t bother with the cycling app/s unless you are ready for the mountain biking experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS – okay campgrounds, but can be crowded. The only campground near Prague is in Troja, mainly occupied by the kayakers.
AFFORDABILITY – if you’re on budget stay away from Prague.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
– This is the land of beer, a darn good beer. Have a pint or two.
– You will meet many cyclists cyclists taking the EuroVelo #6 trail along Danube river.
– Škoda Auto Museum – if you cross Mladá Boleslav then make effort to visit this place.
– Prague – history, history, history. Good choice of dining options and of course beer, a lots of it.

ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav
The John Lennon Wall in Prague

Austria
I wish, I could spend more time than three nights in Vienna. There is so much to be seen. |There are museums, the Vienna State Opera or beautifully manicured parks. And when you get hungry? A traditional
dish of Tafelspitz (beef boiled in a broth) washed down with a pint of cold beer. You won’t regret…

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ROADS  immaculate roads
ACCOMMODATIONS – good camping options with all amenities included, including possibility of restock on your camping supplies.
AFFORDABILITY – Western Europe, the western prices

ADDITIONAL NOTES
– The wayside shrines are everywhere along the country roads.
– Erwin Perzy invented the very first ‘Snow globe’ in Austria. Till today the Original Vienna Snow Globes factory is running strong. The names like Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama are only few of many past customers.
The Café Garage, a great place for breakfast, ask for Markus

The Pumpkin Fields in Austria
Near Spittelau (train station) in Vienna
Unguarded Border Gate between Austria and Slovakia
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