In June we joined fellow Downhill to Breakfast rider John Black and Brooklyn friends Mark and Joanne Guralnick on a VBT cycling tour of the Dreiländereck (border triangle) region where Slovenia, Italy, and Austria meet. The adventure began with a week pre-trip in the Karst region of Slovenia and the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. Click here for a trip summary and links to (lots of) photos!
DHTB Rides the Mosel!
In May 2013 we joined fellow Downhill to Breakfast riders John Black and Bob White on a self-guided tour along the Mosel River, from Trier most of the way to Koblenz. Click here for more!
Cycling Burgundy – Sept 2012
DHTB continued its European adventures with a cycling trip in Burgundy, France, cycling past deep green vineyards climbing limestone hills, alongside the gentle flow of the Saone River, and on the grandest of cycling byways, the Route des Grands Crus. Read more about it!
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia 2011
In April 2011 we returned to Croatia, this time to bird and explore a bit more of the Dalmatian coast. The first few days we were on our own, based in Zadar, making day trips to Plitvice Lakes and to Šibenik. We then joined a spring migration birding tour with Val Tours, led by Robert Crnković. With the tour we were first based in Biograd na moru, then in Trogir (outside of Split, basically where the airport is). When the birding tour concluded, we returned to the island of Brač, where Liza’s father’s parents came from (Selca). Read more about it!
Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina – May 2010
In May we made our long-awaited trip to Croatia – specifically the Dalmatian coast. The first week of this trip was on our own, primarily in Dubrovnik with a day trip to Mostar (or Moctap, in Bosnia-Herzegovina); the second week we were with VBT (aka Vermont Bicycle Tours) cycling on the islands of Brač and Hvar, just off the coast from Split. Robert had been here some 30 years earlier; we would have liked to have visited about 20 years ago, when Croatia was still part of Yugoslavia, but the war in the region nixed those plans. Sooner or later we knew we’d get here, among other things to see where Liza’s dad’s parents were from (Selca, Brač)…so when we saw VBT had a cycling tour *on* Brač, we were in! Click here to read more about it!
Spain – Sept 2009
Our grand adventure in España began, after a couple of days museum and tapas-bar hopping in Madrid, with the Vuelta a España bike tour offered by Bike Spain. The bike tour was followed by travel up to the provinces of Aragon and Navarra for some birding and to get a taste of the Pyrenees and El País Vasco. Click here to read more about it!
Belgium and Germany – Aug/Sept 2008
In August we travelled to Germany for the 80th birthday of Johannes Weissler (Robert’s father Gerhard’s first cousin), stopping first in Belgium. We stayed in Brussels and made day trips out to Antwerp and Brugge (all in Flanders) and to Namur (in Wallonia). We then travelled back to Nürnberg via Köln (Cologne) and on to Erlangen to visit with family, and from there down to Munich to visit with friends. Click here to read more about it!
Tuscany – Sept 2007
In September we were extremely fortunate to attend the wedding of Robert’s cousin Renate and her partner Valdo in Volterra, Italy, a beautiful hilltop town in Tuscany. Click here for photos from our journey!
France and Germany – July 2003
In July 2003 we traveled to France to see the end of the Tour de France – Lance Armstrong’s fifth victory! (but we know how that played out later…). Click here for some photographs from that journey.
Paris and the Tour de France – Jul/Aug 2001
In July 2001 we went on a much-anticipated trip to Paris specifically to see Lance Armstrong win his third Tour de France, tying the American record of Greg LeMond. Our only day of the Tour was the grand finale in Paris; we hooked up with a group of Americans calling themselves Tour Fanatics and enjoyed the day’s craziness on the Champs Elysées. Click here to read more about it!