This week's Photo Friday highlights some great shots by Dave and Jeanne Sampel taken on our Mallorca Bike Tour. We had the opportunity to ask Dave and Jeanne some questions about their experience. Read on!
(Above: Dave, Jeanne and friends roadside)
Why did you choose to go on a bike tour? Why did you pick Mallorca?
We love biking and had gone on a previous Tripsite tour. Mallorca looked beautiful. We liked the date and almond blossoming time. We also speak Spanish.
What was your experience with biking before this trip?
We ride the bike trails all over Iowa, our home, as well as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and South Dakota. It's a great way to stay active and see the world.
We have biked in France multiple times on our own, as well as Spain, Portugal, England, Netherlands, Mexico and Ireland. As we've aged, it's been harder to lug our bikes and the airlines generally don't treat them well. Several years ago we went on the Tripsite tour along the Rhine between Germany and Switzerland. We enjoyed the ease of not taking our own bikes and not worrying about where we would stay at night. We were hooked.
What was your favorite part of the trip?
Our favorite part of the trip was the Dragon Caves. They were incredible and a nice refreshing break from hills.
What was your favorite meal?
Our favorite meal was the Paella at Hotel Pura Vida Resort in Porto Preto.
Where do you plan to go next?
We are considering Scotland next or Venice. Time will tell.
Don't get us wrong, we could bike through tulip fields and sample creamy Dutch cheese with no complaints (obviously), but sometimes we crave something a bit different.
Picture this: Exploring the Galapagos by bike & boat and getting to see the infamous Blue-Footed Booby or learning about World World II from the perspective of the Dutch pedalling by battlefields and bunkers. Maybe you don't have to say goodbye to tulips and cheese after all! We aren't trying to reinvent the wheel. Read More
After the bustle of Rome, Umbria was a romantic movie set. Lesley and I were charmed to see children playing in Spello’s piazza fountain, their mothers sitting nearby chatting, and old men soaking up the sun. We went through an impressive stone archway and began our 2 km walk uphill to our lodgings. Jasmine framed the doorways and covered the ancient stone walls, filling the air around us with its scent. Read More
On the outskirts of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, rises a mountain of significant proportions. It is not like the pristine snow-packed mountains of the Himalayans, or the austere beauty of the jagged peaks of the Dolomites, or the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, this foul giant is a mountain of trash. The locals call it Koshe, which translated means ‘dirty’. It is a 36-acre landfill which has been the dumping ground of the city’s waste for 50 years. Read More