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Cycling Slovenia: The Insider’s View

Last weekend I posted an article about cycling in Slovenia (Cycling Slovenia: It Was “Blinking Marvellous” (…And Probably Still Is). I have only visited the country very briefly myself – back in 2013 en route from Greece to Portugal – and most of my comments were based upon an online event that I had attended a few days earlier. However, in response to that post, local resident and keen cyclist Miha Pavšič has been in touch with some interesting comments and some beautiful images.

Mark Beaumont / Markus Stitz: Explore Your Boundaries

Two of Scotland’s finest – one born and bred, one adopted – have come together to invite you to ‘explore your boundaries’. Both are familiar to listeners of The Cycling Europe Podcast; one is Mark Beaumont (episode 16), one is Markus Stitz (episode 29). Mark is an athlete and broadcaster with a string of cycling accolades to his name; Markus became the first person to cycle around the world on a single-speed bike and now runs Bikepacking Scotland. They not only share a name (nearly…) and a passion for cycling, but also great filmmaking and storytelling skills and they have come together to produce the following film, not in a far flung foreign location, but on their doorsteps in Edinburgh…

My First Time Buying Glasses Online (Spoiler – I loved It!)

Have you recently had your eyes checked and got a prescription from your optometrist? Well, if you’re reading this article, chances are that you’re out in the market for a new pair of stylish glasses that will help you see and look better. I recently bought these glasses online from SmartBuyGlasses and had a great experience, unlike any time when I shopped from a regular optical store. Let me tell you all about it.

Cycling Slovenia: It Was “Blinking Marvellous” (… And Probably Still Is)

“Slovenia was pretty and flat and in the late afternoon of a hot day in July, it was a very picturesque and pleasant place through which to cycle. Although linguistically (and probably culturally – I didn’t really have the chance to find out) much the same as Croatia, physically, the countryside was more like southern Germany and, I guess, Austria which was only 100km further north. All the fields had been freshly cut and large rolls of hay were strewn across the landscape like discarded Liquorice Allsorts made from Shredded Wheat. In the distance were the hills, carpeted by a continuous cover of dark green trees, which pushed this area to well over 700m above sea level. It was in total contrast to the coastal cycling that I had been experiencing for much of the previous week and it was blinking marvellous.”