Lisbon to Auckland Blog

January 7, 2018 – Day 68 & Jan 8-10 Mumbai to Jodhpur – 935 km (train) & 44176 Fit Bit steps  As we were both keen to see the colored cities of Jodhpur and Jaipur in Rajasthan first, we decided to head north and then make our way clockwise around the country. The 17-hr overnight train ride from Mumbai to Jodhpur was comfortable in our two-berth ...

January 3, 2018 – Day 67 & Jan 4-6 Dubai to Mumbai – 1928 km (air) & 38540 Fit Bit steps We were very fortunate to be able to spend a few days in Mumbai with Brian and Anne. We so appreciated being introduced to their friends and colleagues who graciously welcomed us and included us in invitations. In addition to meeting some wonderful people and ...

December 31, 2017 – Day 66 & Jan 1-2, 2018 To Dubai – 2537 km (air, calculated as continuing eastward from Cyprus) & 34617 Fit Bit steps Our travels eastwards began again when we flew to Dubai from Paris to visit our nephew, David, and his family, and Lois’ brother Brian and sister-in-law, Anne, who were spending Christmas with their children and grandchildren. Changing planes in Beirut, ...

December 12, 2017 – Day 65 & Dec 13 Paphos, Cyprus to Guisely, UK (air & train) 22,366 Fit Bit steps but no progress eastward! Guisely is a small town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. When we walked out of the rain with our backpacks into the local tea shop, we knew that the proprietor was asking herself, who are these people and why ...

November 24, 2017. Day 64 & Nov 25-Dec11 Thessalonika to Larnaca (Cyprus) – 1133 km (air) &  238,684   Fit Bit steps Our decision to come to Cyprus was an expedient one, but after 17 days here, we were reluctant to leave this fascinating friendly island, with its Byzantine monasteries and Greco-Roman ruins, wonderful wines and haloumi cheese, not to mention long sandy beaches and ...

November 22&23, 2017. Day 63 Sofia to Thessalonika – 310 km (train/bus/train) & 20131 Fit Bit steps It took 4 1/2 hours by train from Sofia to the border. We could see the snow covered mountains that surround the city and watched the sun set over the hills bordering Serbia. At Kulata, we were ushered off the train to a bus, passed ...

November 18-21, 2017. Days 60-62 Budapest to Sighisoara- 640 km (train)  Sighisoara to Bucharest- 280 km (train) Bucharest to Sofia – 380 km (train) & 63545 Fit Bit Steps On the overnight train that runs from Budapest to Bucharest, we were wakened by shouts and banging on the door of our sleeper compartment by Hungarian border police. A stern-looking female officer spent rather a ...

November 15, 2017 – Day 59 & Nov 16&17 Vienna to Budapest – 240 km (train). 35175 Fit Bit steps If Venice is the City of Light, and Vienna, the City of Music, Budapest is the City of Baths. The city earned this title in 1934, but its rich spa heritage dates back to prehistoric times. Sitting on more than 120 hot springs, Budapest’s spa culture ...

November 12, 2017 – Day 58 & Nov 13&14 Venice to Vienna – 580 km (train &  9061 Fit Bit steps)   &  33109 Fit Bit steps Our previous itinerary had us riding through Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina and Albania. Reviewing options now for travelling by bus and train made that route look less desirable. As our present objective is to head to warmer climes in ...

November 10th Post-Script Paul’s reflections on life It is now 6 months since my bike and I were hit by a car in Italy and our cycling the globe trip was so abruptly interrupted. Although I still have bothersome symptoms from the shoulder injury, the neuropathic issues are resolving and I’m feeling more and more myself. Most importantly, I ...