Europe...east of the Alps travel blog

Europe...east of the Alps

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With over eight months of our travels already a memory our new objective was to spend a little over three months meandering around Europe, starting and ending in Paris.

To do this we leased a nice new Citroen DS4 which proved a better deal than hiring.
We definitely had peace of mind for the kilometres we were expecting to cover.

Without any particular order we headed out from Paris in a somewhat north-easterly curve to eventually take us to areas roughly east of the Alps.

We passed through Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to finally arrive in the Czech Republic, one of our target countries. We soon learnt that as the French Republic is known as France, the Czech Republic is known as Czechia. Point taken.
From Czechia we ventured through Poland into Slovakia then down through Austria to Slovenia. That was our furthest easterly point before gradually winding our way back west through the alpine areas of Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Germany.

All countries were excellent to explore on usually brilliant roads with amazing scenery. Except for the sometimes very low temperatures riding instead of driving would have been a better choice.

Disappointingly, wild animal sightings were extremely rare although we did come across one deer and a few squirrels at various times which was great but perhaps the 'bears' in Slovenia were the highlight.

We were more than happy to not experience any political unrest although relatively close war-game activities along the Slovenian-Croatian border did get our attention one evening.

Nowhere did we feel any form of threat while walking around the many towns and villages we had visited, day or night, but drivers did at times get a little 'excited' as in Turkey and Italy.

Temperature wise we did very well. At times it did get a little fresh with lows of 6C but usually we enjoyed clear sunny days with numbers around 24-27C. Rain was almost non-existent.
Seasonal changes were beginning to show and isolated snow patches were visible high in some mountains. It was becoming quite dramatic and would not be long before driving would not be relaxing.

For no other reason except convenience we decided to make Strasbourg this Journal's end even though its not east of the Alps.

So with a stretch of imagination there it is. Strasbourg ends one and begins a new one.

Now with around eight weeks left before leaving Europe we are making our way more westerly from the “Alps” to explore more of France, Spain and Portugal.

Look out, we're on the road again. Take care everyone.

David & Gill

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
 
 
Paris
 
 
 
Labuissiere
 
 
 
Valkenburg
 
 
 
Nuremberg
 
 
 
Pilsen
 
 
 
Karlovy Vary
 
 
 
Bohemian Switzerland
 
 
 
Kosice
 
 
 
Bratislava
 
10 
 
 
Kromeriz
 
11 
 
 
Kutna Hora
 
12 
 
 
Cesky Krumlov
 
13 
 
 
Mauthausen
 
14 
 
 
Maribor
 
15 
 
 
Murska Sobota
 
16 
 
 
Ptuj
 
17 
 
 
Postojna
 
18 
 
 
Koper
 
19 
 
 
Kranj
 
20 
 
 
Villa Santina
 
21 
 
 
Terento
 
22 
 
 
Ried im Oberinntal
 
23 
 
 
Strasbourg
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