Category: Europe

Climbing the Steps of Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal

Our travels along the west coast of Portugal continue as we ride our motorcycles from Porto to Braga. The late July weather in this region of Portugal has been much more agreeable than the hot temperatures of southern Spain we were experiencing just a few week ago. As we neared the beach at São Paio, we were impressed at how much of the roads … Read More Climbing the Steps of Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal

The Charming City of Porto, Portugal

This week’s adventure starts on a boat! An Airbnb boat located at Douro Marina just south of the city of Porto. We decided to relax for a few days, enjoy the summer sun, and reminisce about a life we once lived three years ago. Chantil and I raised our family on a 36-foot sailboat for 11 years. When we decided to move to Europe, … Read More The Charming City of Porto, Portugal

Summer in Aveiro and Costa Nova, Portugal

When we started planning for our motorcycle travels, Chantil and I agreed to plan destinations based on the perfect temperature of 75-80° F. No super hot or cold weather for us! The west central coast of Portugal in late July felt about perfect as we traveled through the coastal town of Aveiro and Costa Nova. After our breakfast at the Airbnb, we went for … Read More Summer in Aveiro and Costa Nova, Portugal

Riding from Lisbon to Aveiro, Portugal

Although we really enjoyed Lisbon and Sintra, we felt the urge to continue traveling and experience new things. Today’s agenda was to leave the hustle and bustle of the capital city and head north towards the city of Obidos for lunch and then to Aveiro. 22 July Map: Today we covered 305 km (190 miles) from Lisbon to Aveiro. Leaving Lisbon while sharing the … Read More Riding from Lisbon to Aveiro, Portugal

Discovering “Trash Animals” in Europe

If you’ve been following our travels throughout Europe, you’ll soon discover that we are fans of street art and murals. Whenever we visit a large city we will typically reserve one day to walk around and discover the unique artist. One particular artist that has stood out to us is environmental artist Artur Bordalo, who goes by Bordalo II (pronounced Bordalo Segundo). Bordalo II … Read More Discovering “Trash Animals” in Europe

Spiritually Fed in Lisbon, Portugal

When Chantil and I discussed full-time travel, one of the most important things to us was ensuring we continued to honor the “sabbath” by attending church services and spending the day focused on relaxing and more spiritual thoughts. As Christians, our sabbath is typically on Sunday in the western world. Since the COVID-19 pandemic it has been very difficult to attend church services. Our … Read More Spiritually Fed in Lisbon, Portugal

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Summary of 2020

What a YEAR! Never in our wildest imaginations did we expect a year like 2020! It definitely had its ups and downs… This is a short summary of our year of full-time motorcycle traveling starting in Idaho, United States and ending in Budva, Montenegro. January It was a wonderful blessing to take the time to visit with most of our family in Idaho. We … Read More Summary of 2020

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2021 Calendar Review

For this blog post we thought it would be interesting to talk about each of the photographs that were used for the 2021 viajarMOTO calendar. All of these were taken during our motorcycle travels in 2020. Each of these photographs immediately puts us back into the moment. The memories, feelings, and senses are flooded as we are transported back in time! January: Trans Euro … Read More 2021 Calendar Review

A Fairytale Day in Sintra, Portugal

Every fairytale seems to have a medieval castle surrounding by glorious scenery, enchanting foods, and an intuition well. Our fairytale day in Sintra has all this and more! Our fairytale day begins and ends with a three-wheeled rickshaw. After parking our motorcycles in the parking area we noticed smiling tourist being taxied up the steep roadway to the start of the hiking trail to … Read More A Fairytale Day in Sintra, Portugal

Street Art of Lisbon, Portugal

In 2017, I had my first experience with Europen street art and murals while visiting the northern city of Reykjavik, Iceland. I was impressed by the high artistic quality of many muralists that covered entire building walls. Ever since then, whenever I visit a large city, I try to spend at least a day searching for street art and murals. Some of my favorite … Read More Street Art of Lisbon, Portugal

The Southwestern Coastal Route, Portugal

We never intended to be in Portugal this late in the season. Our original plan, back in February, was to enjoy Portugal in May and ride predominately off-road on the Portugal Adventure Country Track (ACT). The ACT is a series of published off-road trails designed for motorcycles and four-wheel drive vehicles. Portugal was the first one to be published and there are currently three … Read More The Southwestern Coastal Route, Portugal

Portugal’s Southeastern Algarve Region

Over the last three month, the borders between Portugal and Spain had been closed due to COVID-19. As of July 1st, they were reopened to travelers, and we were beyond exited to be finally entering a new country! Crossing the Puente Internacional del Guadiana into a new country – Portugal! After crossing the border, we entered the Algarve region. This southernmost region of Portugal … Read More Portugal’s Southeastern Algarve Region