Hurry up and grab your togs, towel and thongs! Ready? Great! Because no visit to Budapest is complete without a visit to one of it’s many thermal bathhouses.
Riding is not the best when you’re hung over. I blame the schnapps. Or it could have been the homemade walnut liqueur. Not to mention the countless beers and wine spritzers we had.
We had heard from a few people that a Czech ‘must see’ was the 13th century medieval town of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Due to its economic importance but relatively peaceful history, Český Krumlov has retained its entire medieval layout and has 300 protected historic buildings including an enormous castle which the town was built around.
As we have now officially survived one month on the road here is a snapshot of what we have learnt as first time bike tourers to date.
On a friendly recommendation we headed for the very pretty town of Koblenz. Situated where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet, Koblenz is full of historic fortresses, palaces, romantic narrow lanes and inviting town squares.
Cologne sent us off on a beautiful sunny stunner of a day. Waving goodbye to Margreet and Bernd we set off on our loaded bikes to follow the Rhine.
Checking out Google, we discovered that Cologne’s best pub Lommerzheim, serving the local brew Kölsch, was right behind our hotel. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed with open arms. A man next to us at the bar noticed we were strangers and introduced us to the barman. The barman then pushed us through the crowd and plonked us onto a table which was already occupied by Margreet and Bernd. We became instant friends as like me they loved beers, fast cars and not working.
Starting at 7am as it was going to be a big day of riding we loaded up the bikes in the chilly rain. We were heading for Breda the next big town on the map and it was going to be our longest kms yet: 66km. We should have added another number 6 to that as every km totally sucked. The bike paths followed farming paddocks and field lines and the wind and rain came howling straight across them with no shelter or protection. For 6 hours (yup another 6) battling headwinds and crosswinds the bikes were reduced to a crawl with every rotation of the pedal a huge exhausting effort. The hours crawled by and we could do nothing but put our heads down and get through, soaked to the bone and freezing.
The Cube Houses: The Overblaak Development was designed by Piet Blom. Each cube, tilted on a 45° degree angle, was built to resemble a tree and together they represent a forest.