Spending the last few days around the neighborhood, and going round to rediscover those little gems that made your childhood filled with fantastic adventures is always welcomed.
YOUR NOT ALLOWED TO DO BBQ NOR CAMP FIRES.
( yes I do have a picture... and did.... but was told there is a 160 euro fine ... by my fire-brigade acquaintance on the last day of our road trip)
3 days in the cevennes:
Day 1 Avignon - Moissac-Vallée-Française: over night camping
Day 2- Moissac-Vallée-Française - Le vigne ( stopped at Sainte-Enimie, and went kayaking les gorges du Tarn)
Day 3 Lea Vigne - Mont Aigoual- Moissac-Vallée-Française: ( Our 3 hour hike went up to 7 hours cause we got lost ..... make sure you bring at least 3 L water ... you never know )
Day 4 Moissac-Vallée-Française - Nimes ( Morning Swim and visit of Anduze)
So, cycling the Danube compared to the Camino Francés is a cultural shock. it's unbelievably flat.Even my elderly nan at the age of 92 years old would have though it is easy.
It seems not many people do it , or rather if they do it is mainly the Austrian part then take a boat to Vienna.
Cycling it is 7 days is achievable.. Especially when on a budget: Austria is as expensive as Switzerland. Hostel price start at around 24 euro per person per night.
Here's the stages that I did it in:
Paussau - linz : Hostel Jugendgästehaus
Linz - Melk : Hostel Junges Hotel Melk
Melk - Vienna : Stayed 2 days in Vienna as there were too many great museums.
Vienna - Bratislava: 60 km done easily
the day in Bratilava is perfectly fine, and please do not listen to
peoples opinion that is it an industrial town. Clearly these people have
never stepped foot in either middle England (Liverpool, Manchester)
Bratislava- Komárno ( via the Slovakian side) : Nice good hotel Penzio Duna, Dunajska 2,
Paussau to Budapest Books
These were the two books I used to travel the Danube.
will advise for the Danube bike trail 3, to follow the Slovakian side, this if you do mind cycling on the road whilst passing trough Gyor than Budapest.
Crosssing Borders with a bike in Europe
Bicycle unpacked are allowed in trains and coach within the same country however crossing boarders is a different matter:
1) you cannot cross boarders with a coach by bike. 2) Exception are made for some trains: the bike need to be boxed and you'll need to pay a fee for the bike: and it varies sequentially whether boxed or not ( Zurich -Munich was roughly 40 un-boxed and 12 euro boxed)
I recommend this restaurant : http://www.firkasz.hu/
retro and cool atmosphere restaurant which serves local and
traditional Hungarian dishes. The staff is helpful and friendly and in
addition their rice pudding is amazing( also if on a budget go there cause you can eat delicious meals midday... do not get caught on the trendy so called communist pizza that you'll find in the tourist attraction. For a little more you can eat delicious meal) Budapest, Tátra u. 18, 1136 Hungary.
Money in Komárno: Slovakia/Hungary
When arriving in Komárno boarder between Slovakia and Hungary: there are no ATM machines in Hungary.
Head towards Slovakia ( 2 min walk) take out your euros and then exchange them at the bridge before re/entering Hungary.
Hungarian currency is too difficult to handle with : big numbers for a small conversion:
Shipping your Stuff back home in Budapest
I used GLS in Budapestto ship my cycling gear ( comparing to DHL and Fedex) it WAS the cheapest, reliable and quick. Their Office depot is in the bookshop on the 3rd floor at the following address ( just grab a box from any shop that are around the neighborhood)