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Cycling in Lyon, France

March 26, 2020 Hansonthebike 3

Reading Time: 8 minutes New Hans blog: a trip to Lyon, France in spring was an eye opener for us. It is easy to spend an entire week exploring the city and the area around it.

A bridge connecting with Christiania.

Copenhagen on the Bike

January 21, 2019 Hansonthebike 7

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hans on the bike visited #Copenhagen and cycled around the areas outside of downtown too. Here are some impressions of Copenhagen infrastructure.

Breakfast in Copenhagen

Four days in Copenhagen

January 15, 2019 Hansonthebike 1

Reading Time: 6 minutes Hansonthebike is visiting Copenhagen. With the sun out, we decided to bike around town and take in all the sights. #ottbike

The Dutch railways conductor was waiting with my backpack in the back of the train

The incredible service of the Dutch railways to return my backpack within three hours

April 24, 2018 Hansonthebike 3

Reading Time: 4 minutes Last Saturday I took the train of the Dutch Railways (NS) from a small town north of Leiden to Aardenhout south of Haarlem. It is only a 13 minute ride, including a stop in Hillegom, centre of the Dutch flowerbulb industry. The flowers are currently in full bloom and the waft of Hyacints is all over, outside of the small towns. Bikes on trains You have a great view on the fields from the slightly elevated train tracks and I was moving a bit between the left and the right side of the train to get the best views. I [Read more…]

Ney-and-Partners-Groentje

7 Gorgeous Bike and Pedestrian Bridges in the Netherlands

July 11, 2017 Hansonthebike 3

Reading Time: 6 minutes This blog about bridges appeared earlier but after Brent Toderian retweeted it last week, I thought it was time to update it. I added two bridges and updated some of the text. I have also added the architect and the estimated cost of each bridge so you can compare it somewhat with the infrastructure that is built in your own municipality. Bridges as an image of a city Netherlands’ cities have been building some fantastic bike infrastructure in the last decade. Bridges that look more than just a utilitarian crossing over a river or road. Cities don’t always chose the [Read more…]

Fruit stand in Catania

Travelling in Sicily: Part 5 – Catania’s Treasures

June 15, 2017 Hansonthebike 2

Reading Time: 8 minutes We arrived in Catania and we left from Catania. On our way to Catania, we made a bit of a detour through some of the most depressing country side I have seen. Add to that the garbage and it makes you realise that Italy is not always that dream place we know from the images. In order not to bother with a car in a city where we were going to walk anyway, we dropped off the car at the Catania airport where we rented it, and took a bus in town to spend the two last days in Catania. [Read more…]

Travelling in Sicily: part 4 – Valley of the Temples & Siracusa

June 13, 2017 Hansonthebike 1

Reading Time: 8 minutes After visiting the north coast of Sicily, we crossed the island towards the next destination: the famous Valley of the Temples on the south shore. The route follows valleys and passes west of the Madonie mountains on highways that are often elevated on a series of pillars. It seems to be a bit of overkill and it definitely doesn’t improve the landscape; the concrete and construction companies must have had a field day, week, year, decade. Interestingly, some of the roads are in pretty bad shape but not much is really being done to repair roads. The road owner closes a lane [Read more…]

Every Italian home has a coffee maker. And so did our AirBnB locations.

Travelling in Sicily: part 3 – Castelbuono, Madonie & Cefalú

May 28, 2017 Hansonthebike 3

Reading Time: 7 minutes After a good night sleep at our second AirBnB location, we spent some time checking out Castelbuono. This town doesn’t get the attention it deserves as it is a nice base for some hiking in the Madonie mountains as well as a location to soak up some of the interior of Sicily. Yet another place with a long history, it is one of the places that is lively enough to spend a few days. It has a lovely old square, a number of tiny groceries stores, restaurants, butchers and bakeries, but unlike for example Cefalú, it isn’t much focussed on [Read more…]