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West to east: the end of the EU and the hellish road to Istanbul

LEAVING the one time capital city of Greece, Nafplio, was tough. The sun soaked town – filled with 1970s beach shacks and old winding streets overlooking the ocean – seemed to encapsulate every childhood summer holiday we’d had and while the temptation to bum around the beachy town for a few more days nearly won us over, the urge to see some […]

The seaside road from Barcelona to Valencia

Seaside cycles and the end of the Mediterranean line

LEAVING Barcelona is tough – tougher than I ever thought it would be. It’s not just the sunshine, wide leafy streets (a rarity in Europe) the first class infrastructure and the beautiful people – it’s the fact it’s bucked the negative brand. For months leading up to our Spanish leg cyclists and backpackers alike warned us off “crime-riddled” Barcelona, claiming […]

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