Tag: Europe

Finding Childhood Nostalgia at Villa del Balbianello, Italy

The STAR WARS movies captured my interests from the very first time I watched the first movie in 1978. As a young child, I was immediately drawn into these wonderful futuristic, yet believable worlds. The space scenes, the desert landscapes of Tatooine, and the jungles of Yavin 4 all seemed like places I could imagine myself visiting someday. Here we are 42 years later, … Read More Finding Childhood Nostalgia at Villa del Balbianello, Italy

Acts of Love and a Bear Made of Trash

I unzipped the opening of our tent and let the morning sun flood inside. We both peered outside and marveled at the mountain peaks guarding us like giant rock sentinels. Our previous day’s efforts, of riding the challenging 5.3 miles (8.5 kms) military road, had paid off with one of the best wild campsites we’ve ever experienced in Europe! We were feeling quite accomplished … Read More Acts of Love and a Bear Made of Trash

A Long Slog to Fort de Viraysse

After the previous two long days of riding our motorcycles 880 km (547 miles) on paved roads, we were itching to slow down and do a bit of exploring via the less traveled dirt roads. Fortunately, we were in the French Alps so there were plenty of dirt road options available. The day started with some wonderful riding through small French towns and narrow … Read More A Long Slog to Fort de Viraysse

Riding through Provence and Verdon Gorge, France

We are flying! Covering 880 km (547 miles) in two days is not our typical happy travel pace. On average, we tend to travel no more than 150-200 miles (240-320 km) per day. So why the rush? Because we felt like we were running out of time. As American citizens, we are limited to 90 days of travel in Schengen Europe areas (highlighted below … Read More Riding through Provence and Verdon Gorge, France

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

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

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