CUBA BY CAR: Bay of Pigs
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  Posted September 22nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 3 comments

Traveling Cuba – Stage 6.

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Central Cuba – Off the beaten track in Cuba
The leg from the port town of Cienfuegos to Playa Giron, leads through a swamp area and along sugar plantations. The recurring sound of horses makes this leg of the trip cozy. It is a journey amid abundant vegetation very near to the coast, small villages and scare cities.


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 Tomorrow we ride…
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  Posted September 18th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Domestique

Contributed by Leslie Reissner

“Tomorrow we ride…” is a book of memoirs by Jean Bobet, a French intellectual who seems to have become a pro cyclist simply because of the force of his brother’s personality. That brother, of course, was Louison Bobet, the first cyclist to win the Tour de France three years in a row.


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 CUBA BY CAR: Trinidad – Cienfuegos
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  Posted September 14th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | One comment

Traveling Cuba – Stage 5.

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Central Cuba – Off the beaten track in Cuba
After breakfast we left Trinidad for the Cienfuegos and Península de Zapata. There we were expecting an extensive swamp region that is inhabited by crocodiles and flamingos, also declared a National Park. We also wanted to see well known Bahia de los Cochinos, the famous Bay of Pigs.


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 CUBA BY CAR – Trinidad
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  Posted September 10th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Traveling Cuba – Part 4.

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Central Cuba – Off the beaten track in Cuba
We are continuing our adventurous trip through Cuba. So far we traveled from Havana to western part of Cuba to visit Pinar del Rio and Vinales. From there we returned back east to Varadero and Cardenas, where we stayed over night at casa particular. From Cardenas we traveled on small country roads thru many Cuban villages to visit Santa Clara.


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 CUBA BY CAR: Cardenas – Trinidad
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  Posted September 6th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 12 comments

Traveling Cuba – Part 3.

By: Zdenko Kahlina
Central Cuba – Off the beaten track in Cuba
We are continuing our adventurous trip through Cuba. After dropping off our friend Ljiljana at the Varadero airport, Vera and I drove to a small town Cardenas, which is only 38 km east of Varadero airport. There we could rent a room in casa particular since this would be illegal in Varadero.


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 CUBA BY CAR: Pinar del Rio – Vinales
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  Posted September 2nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 4 comments

Traveling Cuba – Part 2.

 By: Zdenko Kahlina

 Havana – Pinar del Río (region) - Off the beaten track in Cuba
So, after spending five days strolling through the streets and beaches of Havana, our plan was to rent a car and drive around the country.


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 CUBA ON YOUR OWN – Havana Casa particular
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  Posted August 28th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 15 comments

Traveling Cuba – Part 1.

 By: Zdenko Kahlina

Havana – Casa particular
The best vacations are when you travel without schedule. I refuse to go on one of these “All inclusive” tourist packages where they give you a schedule and they say, “O.K., from nine to 10 we’re going to go to the museum, and then from 10 to 11, and we are going to the art museum, then we’ll stop for a lunch”. That to me is like being in school; that’s not a vacation.


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 The Hour Record
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  Posted August 24th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | One comment

Retro fabulous

The Cycling World Hour Record is the most famous record in cycling. The hour record is established by riding the furthest distance on a velodrome in the time of 60 minutes. From 1893 to 2009 the best cyclists in the World have held the hour record including legends like Fausto Coppi or Eddy Merckx.


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 San Antonio River walk
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  Posted August 20th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Visiting Texas, USA
In September 2007 Vera and I spent delightful week in Texas. We used my business trip to San Antonio, to travel and explore Texas.


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 A Must-See City: Zagreb
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  Posted August 16th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Purgerska Nostalgija, Travel | 3 comments

Traveling Croatia

By: ROBERT CROSS, Chicago Tribune

Zagreb (Croatia) Reclaims Its Status As Must-See Old World City
One morning, shrieking whistles yanked me out of a deep sleep. They sounded like a thousand cops dealing with an apocalyptic traffic jam. The constant racket drove out all rational thought.


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 Zagreb time machine
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  Posted August 12th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Purgerska Nostalgija | One comment

Zagreb retro

Source: Zagreb Tourist board

Dance Along at Zrinjevac Park.
Do you dance? Do you ever, even for a moment, wish to go back to the past? Zagreb time machine will take you to the world of music and customs of times long gone, where tradition is built into space, sounds and people.


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 Don’t forget the snakes
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  Posted August 8th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Leasure cycling

Source: The Wheeler; words: Bill Frew

Gippsland cyclist and author Bill Frew recalls his sometimes embarrassing but typical induction into club racing.
When I survey my wonderful bike, leaning against the shed wall, I am always impressed by how potent it looks. I know it was made in a Taiwanese factory and is not the latest model, but you can see that it’s all about speed. My legs are well-trained, but I have never pushed this machine to the limit.


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 Never Get Dropped
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  Posted August 4th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By Simon Hayes

Tips for Staying in the Bunch
I guess we all know the feeling. That critical moment when the wheel in front of you hits the point where you know you’re not going to get it back. It can be a hideous feeling. Your lungs are burning, your legs are burning and quite possibly, your mind is burning as well.


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 Italian Swap Meet
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  Posted July 30th, 2017 by Zdenko  in TOOLBOX | 2 comments

Toolbox

From Italian Cycling Journal – Posted by Angelo Senza
 
Across the Atlantic for an Italian Swap Meet
John contributes this story of his trans-Atlantic trip to a swap meet in the Reggio Emilia region for cars, motorcycles, motor scooters and bicycles in March, 2011.


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 CariWest parade
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  Posted July 26th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | 2 comments

Summer in Edmonton, Alberta

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Cariwest Carnival Caribbean parade on Jasper Avenue
Parade started at noon on Jasper Avenue & 108 Street and headed towards Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton. Cariwest masqueraders danced under sunny skies through downtown Edmonton Saturday afternoon in brilliantly colored costumes to the pulsating sounds of the Caribbean.


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 The charm of Fort Langley
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  Posted July 22nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | One comment

Travel Canada

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Exploring Fort Langley in the summer of 2012…
British Columbia is full of hidden treasures. Its beauty is found behind old growth trees, at the top of white tipped mountains and within majestic streams that dapple the countryside.


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 36 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia
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  Posted July 18th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Purgerska Nostalgija, Travel | 4 comments

World Travel

By: ALEX CREVAR

THE Croatian capital is in the midst of an identity crisis. Geographically, Croatia is indisputably part of the Balkan Peninsula, but call a chic Zagrebian Balkan and prepare to get an earful.


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 Alberta’s David Thompson Trail
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  Posted July 14th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton, Travel | 2 comments

Travel Alberta

Source: WestWorld, By: Lucas Aykroyd

A road trip through Alberta’s David Thompson Trail.
Southern Alberta’s east-west Hwy. 11 takes its nickname from legen-dary English cartographer and fur trader David Thompson (1770-1857), who surveyed nearly four million square kilometers of North America for the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company. Today’s voyageurs-by-car will discover vintage trains, trading posts and trail rides along this more laid-back alternative to the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy. 1).


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 History of the Tour de France by numbers
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  Posted July 10th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Cycling

Source: Cycling News

Records and stats from the last 109 years
The world’s most famous road race – the Tour de France - has a rich 109 year history and its fabled past is synonymous with the greatest names in the sport. 2012 Tour de France begins this Saturday, June 30th with the prologue, in Liege. 


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 Visiting BELI, Cres
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  Posted July 6th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Traveling Croatia

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Summer holidays in Croatia
Leaving behind our summer base, V. Losinj, we headed towards the ferry in Porozine, on our way to Labin in Istria.


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 THE VRŠIČ PASS
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  Posted July 2nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 5 comments

Traveling Slovenian Alps

 

The Vršič pass (1,611 m)

 Every time when we spend our holidays in Europe, I bring my bike with me and together with my cycling buddies, we do lots of bike riding. Two years ago we climbed Passo dello Stelvio and Passo Gavia in Italy. This time I brought a group of my friends with me, to climb the highest pass in Slovenia – Vršič.


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 Istrian Croatia
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  Posted June 28th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Croatia

By: Blogger Dumneazu

Istrian Croatia: Italy without the Vowels
e just got home from a jaunt over to Croatia. I’d been to Zagreb earlier this year, so I asked Captain Squid, my Croatian expert, for a suggestion on where else to travel. He popped the idea of a trip to Istria..


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 Burek
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  Posted June 24th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 6 comments

Bosnian food

By: Dumneazu

Burek: Bosnia’s Gift to Breakfast!
Let’s bring our Bosnian extravaganza to a close with some musings on burek, one of my favorite street foods.


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 City of Mangos
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  Posted June 20th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | One comment

Travel Costa Rica

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Spending days in Alajuela, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s second largest city in terms of size, Alajuela lies only 20 km northwest of the capital San Jose in the beautiful Central Valley. We arrived there from La Fortuna one Thursday afternoon in March 2014.


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 Traveling with the bike
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  Posted June 16th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX, Travel | No comments yet.

Travel advice

By: Zdenko Kahlina

How to fly with a bike: The cheap and easy method
If you plan to travel internationally with a bicycle like I do, at some point you will be required to put your bike on a plane. Taking a bike on an airplane as luggage can be a gut wrenching proposition. You need to pack it in a way that means it can withstand the baggage handlers’ manhandling, and make sure it will come off the plane in the same state that it went on…


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