From the coast to the North

PORTUGAL TO SWEDEN

13 countries, 31 days, 7100 km

Bike: Triumph Speed Twin -19

01/

PORTUGAL

Spent two nights in Tallinn and Laulasmaa. Very inspiring and nice places. The coast was also very nice, especially the little pearl Pärnu.

02/

SPAIN

Riga got my heart immediately! Amazingly cozy town with a lot of history and a lively biker culture. Stayed at the biker friendly hostel "Two Wheels" where I met the owner who gave me the phone number to one of his friends in Bulgaria. Went on a day trip on the nice roads around the city with a group of bikers from Belarus that had left their contacs on my bike.

03/

ANDORRA

Stayed two nights in Panevezys and learned engine renovation with my AirBnb host. Vilnius was one of my favorite cities during my whole trip! Felt at home since the first minute. Applied for my visa to Belarus here.

04/

FRANCE

Here it felt like the trip started for real! Very interesting country and nothing like the others. It felt like traveling back in time and visit the Soviet Union, but Minsk, the capital, is still a modern and developing city with a lot of cool things to do! Met up with the bikers I met in Riga. Loved Minsk and will go back. 

12/

SWITZERLAND

Took a long ride over the mountains around Tirana. Brought my thermos and got the best therapy the soul could ever need.

11/

LIECHTENSTEIN

A special country to visit due to it's history. Wasn't accessible from Serbia, but easy to enter from Macedonia. Green card not valid, but an insurance was cheap and easy to buy at the border. Pristina was a really cool city and totally worth to see.

13/

LUXEMBOURG

Went to Kotor along the road around the bay, and this place is like taken from a postcard. Had to force myself to keep the camera in my bag after a while, or I'd probably still be there taking photos to this day.

14/

BELGIUM

Beautiful coastal road, reminded me a lot about Highway 1 in California. The coast is full of gems and the best thing about going here is to find your own little treasure.

15/

NETHERLANDS

Stayed in the little town Stolac, which was amazingly cozy. Went to Mostar to see the famous Stari Most and was incredibly lucky to visit during low season and could therefore really enjoy the city.

16/

GERMANY

Also an incredible surprise! Wonderful little roads perfect for motorcycling and cool sightseeings with castles and pretty cities. Very beautiful during the fall.

17/

SWEDEN

Only went to Graz to change the wire for the speedometer that broke in Bosnia. 25€ for the wire and work – I was very happy.

05/

MONACO

Kiev surprised me, it's a big city with a great night life. Visited Chernobyl and Pripyat which was an interesting experience. Odessa and the Ukrainian coast was great too with nice beaches.

06/

ITALY

The biggest surprise during my whole trip! I was told that Moldova didn't have roads, but I was greeted with great(!) motorcycle roads, amazing wine yards everywhere and welcoming people. Stayed with an English teacher from Germany and met up with a local couple that took me out to see the nightlife. Got chased by Moldovan TV.

STOCKHOLM – MINSK

Ferry from Stockholm to Tallinn. Stayed in Laulasmaa. Traveled along the coast to Riga and continued to Vilnius where I applied for a visa to Belarus. Continued to Minsk three days later. 

MINSK – ODESSA

Took the smaller road P35 with the less busy border crossing into Ukraine. Visited Chernobyl (without bike). Took the highway to Odessa.

ODESSA – TRANSFAGARASAN

Took the border crossing to Moldova through road M15 (NOT M16 due to corruption problems there!). Followed E581 from Chisinau + 2D + E574 to Brasov. Then Highway 1 and 7C (Transfagarasan). 

01/

PORTUGAL

Spent two nights in Tallinn and Laulasmaa. Very inspiring and nice places. The coast was also very nice, especially the little pearl Pärnu.

02/

SPAIN

Riga got my heart immediately! Amazingly cozy town with a lot of history and a lively biker culture. Stayed at the biker friendly hostel "Two Wheels" where I met the owner who gave me the phone number to one of his friends in Bulgaria. Went on a day trip on the nice roads around the city with a group of bikers from Belarus that had left their contacs on my bike.

03/

ANDORRA

Stayed two nights in Panevezys and learned engine renovation with my AirBnb host. Vilnius was one of my favorite cities during my whole trip! Felt at home since the first minute. Applied for my visa to Belarus here.

04/

FRANCE

Here it felt like the trip started for real! Very interesting country and nothing like the others. It felt like traveling back in time and visit the Soviet Union, but Minsk, the capital, is still a modern and developing city with a lot of cool things to do! Met up with the bikers I met in Riga. Loved Minsk and will go back. 

12/

SWITZERLAND

Took a long ride over the mountains around Tirana. Brought my thermos and got the best therapy the soul could ever need.

11/

LIECHTENSTEIN

A special country to visit due to it's history. Wasn't accessible from Serbia, but easy to enter from Macedonia. Green card not valid, but an insurance was cheap and easy to buy at the border. Pristina was a really cool city and totally worth to see.

13/

LUXEMBOURG

Went to Kotor along the road around the bay, and this place is like taken from a postcard. Had to force myself to keep the camera in my bag after a while, or I'd probably still be there taking photos to this day.

14/

BELGIUM

Beautiful coastal road, reminded me a lot about Highway 1 in California. The coast is full of gems and the best thing about going here is to find your own little treasure.

15/

NETHERLANDS

Stayed in the little town Stolac, which was amazingly cozy. Went to Mostar to see the famous Stari Most and was incredibly lucky to visit during low season and could therefore really enjoy the city.

16/

GERMANY

Also an incredible surprise! Wonderful little roads perfect for motorcycling and cool sightseeings with castles and pretty cities. Very beautiful during the fall.

17/

SWEDEN

Only went to Graz to change the wire for the speedometer that broke in Bosnia. 25€ for the wire and work – I was very happy.

05/

MONACO

Kiev surprised me, it's a big city with a great night life. Visited Chernobyl and Pripyat which was an interesting experience. Odessa and the Ukrainian coast was great too with nice beaches.

06/

ITALY

The biggest surprise during my whole trip! I was told that Moldova didn't have roads, but I was greeted with great(!) motorcycle roads, amazing wine yards everywhere and welcoming people. Stayed with an English teacher from Germany and met up with a local couple that took me out to see the nightlife. Got chased by Moldovan TV.

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