Bangkok by Bicycle – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , March 2nd, 2019

Bangkok by Bicycle - Once Upon a Journey

Bangkok is one of our favourite places in Asia. There’s so much to see and do in the city! And one of the best ways to explore Bangkok is by bike and boat. This way you can explore off the beaten path and get to know the different faces of the city. From busy markets in China Town to green palm plantations in the outskirts to the fresh breeze on one of the canals. Sounds amazing right? Ready to hop on that bicycle and explore? We will tell you all about our adventures during our bicycle tour through Bangkok.

Bangkok Bicycle Tour

It’s no secret us Dutchies like to bike! We don’t just bike in the Netherlands, we bike all over the world. So no surprise, 30 years ago a Dutchman named Co van Kessel started to show tourists around Bangkok by bicycle. His company never stopped doing just that! It’s a unique way to see a city.

At Co van Kessel, there are multiple bicycle tours you can do, varying from 3 to 9 hours. We hop on the bicycle for 5 hours, or well, we also go on the water by boat. With our bicycles, how fun! Make sure to book a tour in the morning for better temperatures.

By Roxanne and Maartje – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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A BFB, that’s what we are! That’s Bike Friendly Business

Author: , March 15th, 2014

Oregon is becoming a top destination for cyclists, both off road and road biking, touring or simply day trippers.

Travel Oregon, the states leader in tourism, had created a program, Bike Friendly Business, to go along with the State’s Ride Oregon campaign.  When cycling through and around Oregon Bike Friendly Businesses are committed to welcoming cyclists, offer amenities riders may need and have officially been recognized by the state.

Travel-Oregon-Bike-Friendly-graphic-no-iconsBike the Columbia River Gorge, the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, the Willamette Valley and have a comfy bed and and hearty breakfast at an bed and breakfast along the way.  A Bed and Breakfast offers so much more than a hotel.  Oregon innkeepers know the best back roads, the best places to eat, the scenic attractions you won’t want to miss.  You determine how far you want to go in one day.  The whole adventure is about 200 miles and you’ll discover why those arriving in Oregon on the Oregon Trail called this place “paradise” and our inn the Old Parkdale Inn would be the halfway point for this tour.  Don’t necessarily want to tour?  No problem.  We invite you to explore the many backroads of the Hood River Valley.

As a participating business we need to adhere to program requirements and recommendations.
~ as a lodging partner we must provide a secure area to store bikes
~ serve up a hearty hi-carb breakfast with larger than life servings of fruits and vegetables
~ be able to share local knowledge about where visitors can find bike shops, bike maps, good places to ride, and where to pick up a bike rental
~ our guest rooms have oulets and power strips to plug in and re-charge phone and laptops safely and we have free WiFi connection in the house and out in the garden ~ provide laundry service ~ assist in shipping home any treasures you might find while touring the Hood River Valley on the Fruit Loop

Purple Roofs Guest Blogger:  Mary Pellegrini, owner/innkeeper at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast in the Upper Hood River Valley, Oregon.  We are about an hour and a half east of Portland, Oregon, a scenic drive through the Columbia River Gorge and the Hood River Valley to our B&B at the base of Oregon’s tallest mountain, majestic Mt Hood.

A Perfect Day in Portland on a Bike

Author: , August 11th, 2013

Portland BicyclesPortland, Oregon is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. Whether you’re looking to just take a quick ride around or are looking to truly experience the city like the locals, you’ll find this Pacific Northwest destination incredibly easy to navigate around on two wheels. To give you an example of how popular riding bicycles is around here: Not only are there designated bike lanes, but there are also bike stop lights! For a perfect biking day in Portland, follow our advice:

1. Make note of the weather
The Pacific Northwest is known for its damp weather and Portland’s winter and early spring weather is no exception. If you’re not a fan of biking in the rain, aim for summer or early-fall trip for your best sunny bets.

2. Get a bike
Maybe you’ve already come to Portland with your bicycle from home, but if not, get a rental at any of a handful of shops throughout the city. I got my road bike rental from Pedal Bike Tours, which also offers a variety of tours – from showing you around the historic downtown to a brewery trail ride. Even though Portland is easy to find your way on your own, a tour is a great way to get to know the city with a pro.

Authored By Jill K. Robinson – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Blog

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Electric Biking in Spain

Author: , April 1st, 2012

Electric Bikes in SpainAre electric bikes going to be the coolest new fad for European travelers? Forget the trains, cars, and regular old pedal bikes and hop on one of Hertz’s new electric rental bicycles. Hertz recently began renting the bicycles throughout Spain, including in Granada, Almeria, Alicante, Valencia, Pontevedra, Alava, and Barcelona.

They didn’t leave out the islands of Mallorca and Formentera either, giving you lots of hot destination choices to try the bikes out. There are now nine different types of Swiss Flyer electric bikes available, with rental prices starting at just 24 Euros a day.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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Twenty Four Hours in Gay Montreal

Author: , November 20th, 2010

Gay MontrealWith a hired bicycle and his best French accent, Daniel Scott spends a golden day sampling the city’s street life.

With 500 kilometres of cycle paths and the Bixi bike-sharing scheme ( offering more than 5000 bikes at 400 locations across town, Montreal is among North America’s most bicycle-friendly cities.

“The city rides hard,” my Montrealer friend, Marc-Andre Gemme, tells me during a July visit, “well, mainly in the summer.” When the city finally thaws out after its long, cold winter, 14 per cent of its population takes up cycling as the primary means of transport. So I set out to see the city the way they do.


I don cycle shorts and walk across Old Montreal from my accommodation – Hotel XIX Siecle (now Lhotel), housed in a 19th-century bank and with an old-world ambience – to the magnificent Notre-Dame Basilica, at the corner of the Place d’Armes. With most of Montreal’s bike paths safely separated from traffic, there’s no need to offer prayers but I’m quietly awed by the cathedral’s 7000-pipe organ and its gleaming stained-glass windows from Limoges in France.

Full Story from SMH

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