Trip Review – Gdańsk, the Baltic, and the Teutonic Knights – 07/2013

Thanks for your kind words Elizabeth. We loved having yourself and Kathy on the Gdansk tour and hope you both rediscovered your Polish roots and heritage. You both took a million photos, always shared a smile, tackled the farm trails with your adventurous spirit, and had an interesting conversation with the ‘pumpkin’ lady! It was lovely to have you and we hope to see you again.

“When I told friends I was going cycling in Poland, everyone wondered how I would get my bicycle there and how I’d carry my baggage on my bike…..all misconceptions! With Cycling Poland, our hosts Neal and Polish native Agata provided all the equipment (a sturdy hybrid Trek with pannier bag for my day pack) and sag wagon service to make a carefree vacation ride through the lovely countryside. After getting our bikes early on the Sunday morning, we boarded the ferry to the Hel peninsula and began cycling along the bike path past beaches, dunes, and pine forests, through beach towns and up to one of my favorite accommodations – a real castle filled with history in a charming town. Each day of the trip we cycled along the most beautiful and well-chosen routes (loved those unpaved farm roads!), reached unique and always comfortable lodging, and enjoyed a special dining experience for our well-earned dinners. One of my favorite stops was our lunch in the Tzcew city square and bicycling out along the park and across the Vistula River.

Thank you to Neal for his good humor and care in making our trip enjoyable, and to his partner Agata who shared her knowledge of Poland’s history, culture, and nature over some inspiring dinner conversations. I traveled with another 50-something woman from the US, and we were totally comfortable with the cycling distances and just a bit of hill climbing (with some terrific downhills). I didn’t want the trip to end and definitely want to return for another Cycling Poland trip!”

Elizabeth
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The simplicity of bread and bike.

In the beginning, there was the word and the Nile, and then came bread and cycling. The aptly named bakery, “Mother of the World”, has invented a unique way to deliver baladi bread.
This short documentary expresses the view of a passionate cyclist, Claude Marthaler. He shows the poetry of these unusual bread deliverymen who feed Cairo, a metropolis of 18 million people, every day.

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Peace Churches in Jawor and Świdnica

The Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica, the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe, were built in the former Silesia in the mid-17th century, amid the religious strife that followed the Peace of Westphalia. Constrained by the physical and political conditions, the Churches of Peace bear testimony to the quest for religious freedom and are a rare expression of Lutheran ideology in an idiom generally associated with the Catholic Church. More info at UNESCO…

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Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork

This 13th-century fortified monastery belonging to the Teutonic Order was substantially enlarged and embellished after 1309, when the seat of the Grand Master moved here from Venice. A particularly fine example of a medieval brick castle, it later fell into decay, but was meticulously restored in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the conservation techniques now accepted as standard were evolved here. Following severe damage in the Second World War it was once again restored, using the detailed documentation prepared by earlier conservators. More info from UNSECO…

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Krakow’s World Heritage Listed Rynek

The historic centre of Cracow, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. The 13th-century merchants’ town has Europe’s largest market square and numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with their magnificent interiors. Further evidence of the town’s fascinating history is provided by the remnants of the 14th-century fortifications and the medieval site of Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues in the southern part of town, Jagellonian University and the Gothic cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried. More info from UNESCO…

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Rapha’s Documentary on Dario Pegoretti

A great video about one of the best frame builder’s and painter’s of the times:
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Sons of Science Cycling Video

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Language warning! There are a few choice words

Great video.

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Racing the End

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The Fall (Fail?) of Bike Share

Thanks to Copenhagenize! Made me laugh…then cry…!
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The Dutch Cycling Embassy

The video speaks for itself. If only other countries had the socio-political will:

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