Tag Archives: Cycling

Travel Views: A Cycling Tour Of The Slovenia Green Gourmet Route

 The documentary film Slovenia Green presents Slovenia’s green story and, through the stories of locals, destination representatives, and tourism providers, tell viewers that Slovenia is a safe destination with a sustainable offer and unspoiled nature.

The film follows a cyclist on a Slovenia Green Gourmet Route, a cycling route created in 2021 in cooperation between the Slovenian Tourist Board and the Slovenia Green Consortium and the destinations it passes through. This route takes the cyclist among sustainable food providers in Slovenia from Ljubljana to Posočje, Goriška Brda, Vipava Valley, and Karst, and back through the capital to Sevnica, Podčetrtek, Ptuj, and Maribor. It takes place exclusively between destinations with the Slovenia Green Destination label – a label that recognizes destinations that pay particular attention to responsible tourism development and sufficiently meet the criteria of the international Green Destinations standard.

Film Director: Andro Kajzer, Matej Lavka & Miha F Kalan
Production Company: Zveza Karata Film
Client: Slovenian Tourist Board

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Bikepacking In Turkey: 800 Miles – Istanbul To Antalya

Brompton Traveler – Bikepacking with Gianni Filippini from Istanbul to Antalya in Turkey:

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

Antalya is a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled Old Harbor and beaches flanked by large hotels. It’s a gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. Remnants remain from Antalya’s time as a major Roman port. These include Hadrian’s Gate, built to honor the Roman emperor’s visit in 130 A.D and 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower, with harbor views. 

Filmed and edited by Gianni Filippini in October 2022.

Reviews: The Top 12 Biking Cities In The U.S. & Canada

Cities in Europe, particularly the Netherlands, are known for their amazing bicycle infrastructure. Can a city in the top one percent of all bike cities in the United States compete with the best in Europe? And how much better are these top US bike cities when compared to the worst in the US?

Italy Views: A 36-Mile Bike Ride Around Lake Como

Lake Como, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three slender branches that meet at the resort town of Bellagio.

Video timeline: 0:00 Intro and Map 1:25 Tremezzo 3:25 Villa Carlotta 4:32 Cadenabbia 6:07 Griante 14:07 Menaggio 22:08 Nobiallo 32:18 Acquaseria 34:03 Sant’Abbondio 36:19 Santa Maria 38:47 Santa Maria Rezzonico 40:02 Castello di Rezzonico 44:46 Prato 46:02 San Vito 50:36 Calozzo 53:46 Bellera 54:16 Musso 58:50 Dongo 1:04:32 San Gregorio 1:07:19 Gravedona ed Uniti 1:11:40 Domaso 1:18:07 Vercana 1:19:58 Cinque Case 1:23:27 Gera Lario 1:25:17 Sorico 1:30:30 Ponte del Passo 1:38:32 Adda River 1:40:26 Colico 2:05:45 Dorio 2:09:59 Corenno Plinio 2:11:42 Dervio 2:19:30 Bellano 2:29:35 Perledo 2:33:48 Varenna

At the bottom of the southwest branch lies the city of Como, home to Renaissance architecture and a funicular that travels up to the mountain town of Brunate.

Street Views: Bike Ride In Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. 

Transportation: Can E-Bikes Transform Cities?

Sales of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, as they’re better known, are booming. At the same time, innovations in battery technology have extended the range that an e-bike can travel. The FT’s Harry Dempsey explores the impact they’re having on commuting, deliveries, and the cities we live in.

Bike Rides: Södermalm In Stockholm, Sweden (4K)

A bike ride through Södermalm, Stockholm.

Södermalm – also called Söder – has developed into one of Stockholm’s hottest neighborhoods. The atmosphere is relaxed, creative and trendy, and the neighborhood offers a myriad of vintage, fashion and design shops.

In addition to smaller boutiques and galleries there is an abundance of places to eat and drink. Many of the places are located in style-conscious SoFo (South of Folkungagatan), Hornstull and Mariatorget. Söder also has many parks and breathtaking panoramic views of Stockholm. Two of the best viewpoints are Fjällgatan and Monteliusvägen. Here is a guide to the best views in Stockholm

The vibe in Södermalm is relaxed, creative and trendy, especially in the Sofo area. This neighborhood offers a myriad of vintage stores, eclectic shops, Swedish fashion, galleries and design stores, mixed with an abundance of places to eat and drink.

Adventure: Cycling In The Rainforests Of Costa Rica

Four bike riders travel to the verdant lands of Costa Rica. With 90% humidity and an average daily temperature of 31º, the conditions posed a challenge but it was the terrain that proved the biggest test. From unexpected river crossings and unrelenting rainstorms to forging new friendships and fortuitous cafe finds, the Costa Rican climate and its contagious ‘Pura Vida’ perspective set up one very special trip.

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds. 

Bike Tours: Hamburg In Northern Germany (4K)

Two wheels, one goal: exploring Hamburg from a cycling perspective. Rather than exploring Hamburg through a city walk, Amélie’s mission on a sunny day in Hamburg is to bike through the urban jungle as well as through the green parts of the city. Amélie starts at the Fischmarkt in the Rad Race Shop and crosses the Elbtunnel, which connects the centre of Hamburg with the docks and shipyards on the south side of the Elbe.

Video timeline: 00:00 Fischmarkt | Rad Race Shop 03:44 Elbtunnel 08:33 Landungsbrücken 11:34 Elbphilharmonie 12:37 Hafencity 18:22 Speicherstadt 25:41 Hamburger Rathaus 28:16 Jungfernstieg 40:14 Planten un Blomen 49:06 Reeperbahn

Out of the lift of the Elbtunnel, the route continues via the Landungsbrücken to the Elbphilharmonie. From there, via the Speicherstadt to Hamburg City Hall. After the Jungfernstieg, the tour continues along the green side of Hamburg through the Old Botanical Garden and Planten un Blomen.

Via the Reeperbahn, we return to the Rad Race Shop for Amélie to enjoy a cup of coffee.

In case you want to follow the same bike tour through Hamburg, you can check the route here: https://click.canyon.com/3HLn8Nq

Cycling: Central Islands In Stockholm, Sweden (4K)

Stockholm is looking beautiful this crisp spring morning. My bike is a bit noisy but quickly takes us around these picturesque, central islands.

Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen are two beautiful islands in the middle of Stockholm, joined together by a bridge. The easiest way to get here is just by taking a walk along Skeppsholmsbron or taking the public transport ferry from Slussen or Nybrokajen. The islands are probably best known for their museums and attractions; Moderna Musset, The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, and Stockholm Toy Museum are all found here. They’re also great for a seaside walk, with a panoramic view of Östermalm, Djurgården, Södermalm, and Gamla Stan. And if you want to chill out for a bit, maybe enjoy a takeaway lunch from any of the cafés or restaurants here, Sveskuddsparken or Kastellparken offer a green oasis.