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What’s Special on the 2014 Trans-Europa

image153_Italy - Taxi and taxi driver in Venice
whether it be a jazz festival in a small Slovakian town as we found in 2012, or being invited to a wedding party in Poland, or camping near a traveling circus in France… The adventure awaits!

There are countless highlights along the Trans Europa Route; 20 of which we have described here… these highlights exist year in, year out.  However there are a few which only participants on our 2014 Tour will have the chance to experience.

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Riga, Latvia.  The labyrinthine roads of the old city and diverse architecture stretching from Gothic to Modernism will capture your attention, but 2014 marks Riga’s stint as the European Capital of Culture. The city is going to be buzzing with music, art, dance and more.  What would be more fitting as well but to visit the National History Museum of Latvia where you can see the exhibit on “Amber Through the Times” Almost every hotel in the city is fully booked for our time in Riga, luckily we’ll be staying right in the heart of the old city in the midst of the action.

Venice, Italy.  We’ll be arriving in Venice in style, loading our bikes into motorboats and then cruising through the city.  You’ll be able to admire the architecture from the water, and during our 2 rest days you can admire it from a multiple of perspectives during the Venice Architecture Biennial

Madrid, Spain.  There are too many museums and exhibitions in Madrid to list.  Though if visiting museums is not your thing you can just as easily lose yourself in wandering the streets, taking in the sights and sounds of the city while enjoying the amazing tapas once the sun goes down.  If you happen to be a basketball fan then you’ll have a great opportunity during our 2 rest days in Madrid.  The World Basketball Championships are going on in the city and we’ll be there for the semi-finals and championship match.

image291_Spain - The exhibitions and collections of the Reina Sofia Museum

This is just a sample of well-publicized events going on along our route.  We can expect numerous smaller events this summer as well; whether it be a jazz festival in a small Slovakian town as we found in 2012, or being invited to a wedding party in Poland, or camping near a traveling circus in France…  The adventure awaits!


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