Day 13 - Budapest to Vienna
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, as the saying goes, and today was our last riding day of the tour. But not without it's highlights. We first visited the Esztegom Basilica, Hungary's most significant church and then had a fantastic picnic at the site of the Pan-European Picnic on the Austrian-Hungarian border. It was here that thousands of East German citizens crossed over the Iron Curtain into the West, an event that contributed to the end of the communist era in Europe
The 3 Amigos in front of Esztergom Basilica
Pablo and Antonio enjoy the sites
A busker playing not 1 but 2 flutes!
Inside the Basilica
The painting behind the alter is the largest painting on a single canvas in the world
Behind the Basilica is a great view over the Danube
The coffee crew Bikes and Basilicas
We arrive at the Pan-European Picnic site
Debbie wastes no time
The whole group in front of the memorial at the picnic site
Tracie and Debbie
Susan, Harold, Pablo and Antonio
Salvador, Se and Jose
Peter says some closing words at our last dinner together in Vienna
Smiles all round!
The morning after; Peter puts the finishing touches on the trailer load - ready to drive the 600kms back to the garage in Mieming, Tirol
Day 12 - A Rest Day in Budapest
Our last rest day for the tour in the fantastic city of Budapest. Budapest is spread out over a huge area so we took advantage of the Hop On Hop Off bus!
Our first ride on more than 2 wheels for the tour!
Pablo and Antonio ready to bus-ride!
Antonio and Pablo enjoy the view as we cross the Danube
When art meets coffee on the Danube
Climbing the stairs to Buda Castle
The incredible view from Buda Castle across the Danube to Pest
In front of Matthias Church in Buda
Harold, Susan, Carla and Mick enjoy the view back to the Budapest Parliament building
The coolest manholes ever!
Look; it's a small door!
The very impressive interior of Matthias Church
A replica of the Royal Crown Jewels on display inside the church
A statue of St. Stephen; the founding father of Hungary
Do you want some whiskey with your ice?
What a lunch!
With an even better dessert!
Time to shop!
Day 11 - Rajecké Teplice to Budapest
Day 10 - Kraków to Rajecké Teplice
The wooden church in Spytkowicach, Lesser Poland
Pablo and Antonio enjoy a morning coffee together
Debbie and Bill on the border between Poland and Slovakia
"Is this thing on?"
Oravska Lake, the biggest lake in Slovakia
Below Oravka Castle
Tracie heads up, up and up...
Through the defensive tunnel to the higher ramparts of Oravka Castle
It was this big!
Our 3 Brazilian Amigos, and a knight!
Mick and Carla and their Knight in Shining Armour
Polychrome painted statues inside the castle
The group inspects the Castle Crypts
Bill and Debbie
The Castle Crew!
When it rains it pours!
We wait patiently for the rains to pass
What rain gear goes on must come back off!
Day 09 - A rest day in Kraków
A rest day provided us with a great chance to explore this fantastic city by foot. So we hit the pavement and had a beautiful morning exploring this great city!
Walking the Royal Way, with St Florian Gate in the background
The main square of Krakow, the largest medieval square in Europe, with the Town Hall Clock Tower in the background
Such a romantic place to sit and enjoy a coffee and watch the horses trot on by!
Inside St Andrew's Church, built in 1098 it's one of the few fortified churches remaining in Europe
Standing in front of the Wawel Cathedral - the main attraction inside Krakow's Wawel Castle
Enjoying the view behind Wawel Castle over the Vistula River
Harold and Susan enjoying a traditional lunch at Pod Wawelem
Day 08 - Stary Jicin to Kraków
In memory of the victims - Auschwitz 1940 - 1945
The fantastically lit Basilica of St Mary by night
Our Brazilian contingency make their way through town
And it's down into the depths we go...
...where we find a motorcycle!
Pablo is a little reluctant on the bike after removing his beard
How every good night out should look
Day 07 - Lázně Bělohrad to Stary Jicin
The Museum of the Battle of Königgrätz
So enthusiastic to ride we were waiting in the rain!
Some warm food on a cold day!
All the ducks lined up in a row!
We made it!
Say hello to the birds
Day 06 - Dresden to Lázně Bělohrad
Still waiting for the horse-drawn carriage public transport
Sorry John Deere
What a view!!
Day 05 - A Rest Day in Dresden
Church of the holy cross
Church of the lady
He is alive
Today Al went on a ride for 1 - here he is enjoying the Weesenstein Castle
Such moody views over the castle gardens
Dessert comes after mains
Day 04 - Prague to Dresden
Walking the streets of Melnik
Enroute to the Bone House of Melnik
A wonderful view over the plains of the Czech Republic from Melnik Castle
Waiting for trains
Yep, that train has to come sometime soon!
Salvador and Jose enjoy an ice cream
Mango. It's almost healthy
It could be worse hey!
And Peter made a fantastic picnic for us today!
Antonio enjoys Peter's hardwork
And Al looks to be in his element
A beautiful group is such beautiful scenery!
Cause for celebration
And we make it into Germany, our 3rd country for the tour
Don't they look nice
Day 03 - A Rest Day in Prague
Howard and Susan in Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square, with the National Museum above
Yum! The local Czech 'doughnuts' or Trdelník roast on the coals
A lovely walk down the cobblestone streets of Prague
Susan has a good listen to the singing fountain in the Royal Gardens of Prague Castle
It's faint, but you can hear it!
In front of St Vitus Cathedral, the largest (and most impressive!) church in the Czech Republic
Carla hangs out with a castle guard
And we were fortunate enough to see the changing of the guards
We stand on the opposite side of the Cathedral
An incredible view over Prague from the top of the castle
The gateway to the Charles Bridge
Crossing the Charles Bridge
One of the many statues on the bridge
The bridge even has its own band
Yet another beautiful laneway to stroll down
Day 02 - Budweiss to Prague
Peter briefs everybody about the day's riding ahead
Not often that you take an elevator to your bike!
And we're off!
The incredibly-beautiful-by-night Old Town Square of Prague
Al contemplates the 1 litre of beer ahead of him!
Salvador inspects the work ahead
Day 01 - Vienna to Budweiss
The weather wasn't perfect for our departure, but thankfully we were all still in good spirits!
Pablo and Antonio - father & son!
Mike & Carla
A big thumbs up!
The castle ruins of Dürnstein, where King Richard the Lionheart of England was imprisoned
What a team!
Rolling on the roll-ferry to cross the Danube
The Wachau, from the middle of the Danube! Not a bad view
We won't lose Tracie in a crowd!
Our father/son team again
Team Brazil enjoy the views
A great lunch with a great view over the Wachau
Al skipped main course and moved straight onto dessert!
Mike's pretty happy with his roast beef
Moody views over the Wachau
Mike and Carla take in the fresh air
The Basilica of Maria Taferl
Our first border crossing, as we cross into what was once behind the Iron Curtain
This was once much more than a line in the sand...
Ready to ride!
And finally we make it to Budweis; famous for beer!
Such a beautiful town square by night