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Hello from Pittsburgh, PA! My name is Carol Frey and I am a contract compliance auditor. Some of my hobbies include cycling, camping, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends. Photo Gallery (Click to enlarge) This is my second trip with Tripsite. My first trip was last year, in 2016, when I finished my doctorate degree in Business Intelligence. Instead of attending graduation, I planned a cycling trip in the Catalonia region in northeastern Spain. I not only fell in love with Spain but cycling tours in Europe!Panoramic photo of a flower field in Spain Tripsite facilitated each of my trips and I will use them again and again. This time, I used Tripsite to find my perfect cycling trip in Bruges, Belgium. Both of my cycling tours were on my own, and I loved every minute of each trip. My favorite tour in Bruges was a photography tour with Photo Tour Brugge. I cannot say enough about how amazing this tour was for me.
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The Anti-Cruise Cruise A bike and barge holiday is the polar opposite of a cruise ship vacation. While on a mega-sized ship, you see the world from the top down, high above the water and leagues from the shore. The luxury and size of the ship insulate you from your environment. It's rather like watching the world from a super-sized, super formatted, flat screen TV.On the beautiful Mosel River Not so on a barge. A barge is so close to the water that you can almost reach down and touch it. With only 22 or so fellow passengers, you develop a camaraderie that you just can’t on a bigger vessel. And traveling by bike is in many ways superior to going by bus or van or driving. It allows you to see, smell and feel your surroundings up close. You can smell the lavender as well as the horse manure, feel the wind on your back and in your face, hear the church bells and the thrum of distant airplanes,
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Challenge: Bike around Lake Constance and Rhein Falls in twelve days Jerry suggested this cycle tour several years ago. My reaction, “not me.” On previous bike trips I was at the back of the pack. Once I reached the top of a hill, the group was on their way. “Get an ebike,” Elaine suggested. Lake Constance has history, grand scenery and is new territory. Water is my element. If cycling proves too hard I can take a bus! My companions are experienced bikers, great navigators and very funny! We set off from Constance, Germany one drizzly day in September bound for Reichenau Island. St George Church, Reichenau Island Carol, potter, painter, weaver and biker, sketched and offered instruction. I was her student, more about that later. Reichenau is a UNESCO site preserving the roots of religion. The monks here were first to assign numbers to years. Before, years were named for the ruler. We cycled by greenhouses, churches, and museums.
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