Flower Festival – Redux

I wrote about the Flower Festival a year ago, but this being an annual tradition for Ania and her mom, here are a few photos from this year’s edition. It has to be said that the flower festival is definitely losing its appeal. I don’t mean to be the negative Nancy, but if you’re gonna…

Sky Towering

Back in August Ania and I went up Poland’s tallest building, named appropriately The Sky Tower. Of course when it comes to record breaking everyone wants a piece of the pie so the titles of being the tallest is bit of a pickle. At 205 meters (672.5 ft) Sky Tower does have the tallest roof…

Cheers

I didn’t know that Boston was big on crab, somehow that fact registered only after seeing the little red crustacean pretty much everywhere around the city. BUT I did know that Cheers, a TV bar that kept the nation entertained for a decade and where everybody knew your name, was somewhere nearby. Finding it was…

New England Holocaust Memorial

As I was walking around Boston I overheard a conversation among a few young people, probably about 17-18 years old, about a point on the Boston sight-seeing map marked only as a “Holocaust Museum”. For some reason the discussion was about the role of Americans in the holocaust and if indeed Boston was a site…

Boston – Got Crabs?

I never really traveled to the east coast while living in California. In 1998 we drove across the States on a cross-country family vacation that took us to Chicago, Toronto, Niagara Falls, and New York. Many years later I would tour New York City a bit closer on a mini vacation. But that about covers…

Stalag Luft III – The Great Escape

After a short 23km ride from the German munitions factory we parked our motorcycles in front of Stalag Luft III in the city of Żagań, where a WWII prisoner of war camp and now a museum is located. The camp is known for two remarkable prisoner escapes, the most famous one depicted by Hollywood in the…

DAG Alfred Nobel Krzystkowice

As per usual at motorcycle meet ups, the second day had two types of field trips for all participants; on-road for the most, and an off-road for dirt enthusiast at the event. With Ania as my backpack the choice was clear. We rode in a column of about 60 motorcycles to our first destination, an…

Vacay by the Sea

It’s been quite a while since I last visited the Polish seaside. Arguably the same can be said for posting anything on this blog. But if you follow the Instagram feed to the right you would know that there’s been some movement on my side so it’s just a matter of time before I post…

Wrocław Night Walking

I live 10kms (6.2miles) from Wrocław’s city center, which is close…yet just far enough to where I don’t spend too much time participating in the bustling evening/night life that Wrocław’s center square has to offer. I have two street trams, one bus, all taking me basically from my house to the square, but that’s all…

Almost Sochi

This winter season has been very very weird to say the least, weatherwise that is. There’s hardly been any snow, temperatures have barely dipped below freezing, and the overall feeling is that of a late fall or early spring rather than the actual calendar winter we’re supposedly in the middle of. Media in Poland has…

I (heart) Świdnica

It’s been a while since I last posted anything at all, so here are a few posts to get the blog ball rolling again. You might remember this “Great Orchestra” post from a year ago. This awesome charity event is an annual tradition and this year I saw what a nearby city of Świdnica had…

Bavarian Curling

Bavarian Curling, also known as Ice Stock sport, is Southern Germany’s answer to long and cold winter evenings. Looking somewhat similar to the standard curling we’re already used to, Bavarian Curling dates as far back as 16th century as seen on this Peter Bruegel painting from 1565. Fast forward a few hundred years and this…

Munich Walking

Our GOVECS headquarters is located in beautiful Munich, Germany, but I rarely get to see the city as we plan our flights around spending as much time in the office as possible. However this one trip was different. Much different. And while you will see just why in tomorrow’s Oktoberfest post, today I will throw…

Săpânța – The Merry Cemetery

My last stop in Romania was the city of Săpânța known for its Merry Cemetery. The cemetery is an open air museum and one of Romania’s national tourist attractions. All tombstones are carved in wood with naïve art, an art form that represents a given painting, and in this case carving, with childlike simplicity in its subject matter…

Maramures & Barsana Monastery

A day after our swim in the Black Sea we knew that the inevitable end to our trip was coming. We had after all reached our destination which was the sea itself, and now we slowly rode closer towards Poland with every kilometer. We had planned around 3 more days of riding around Romania when…

Transalping

I probably have a couple more Romania posts to write, but last weekend this happened. Yeah, my Trampie took a hit, and not a small one either. Turns out I should have let go of the throttle when I got to the top of the jump, not actually jump it landing awkwardly with no control…

Danube River Delta

The Danube river is Europe’s second longest river after the Volga. It originates in Schwarzwald (the Black Forest) area of Germany and passes through or touches the borders of 10 countries before flowing into the Black Sea in a spectacular delta on the Romanian east coast. With the heat getting more and more intense the…

Berca Mud Volcanoes

As gases erupt some 3,000 meters deep, clay and salty water are being pushed towards the surface creating small mud volcanoes. The mud is cold as it comes from Earth’s continental crust layers and as it dries out it creates the conical shape that can be seen on photos below. Due to high salt content…

Almost Dracula

The title of this post is very specific as we must be the only people in Romania that thought had seen Dracula, but didn’t. After a long day on mountain passes we spent the night at a campground in a small town called Carta. I mention this because Carta was our first intro course into…

Moto Romania

My vacation plan was fairly simple: not to have a plan at all. The idea was to pack up my Transalp and set out for a couple of weeks traveling wherever I wanted to, staying wherever the bike took me that day. It started out as a solo trip, but with only a couple of…