Posts tagged exploring
The Danube Part 2: Five countries and four capitals

Our last few weeks have been somewhat of a whirlwind as we’ve passed through five countries and four capital cities in twelve days of non-stop paddling on the Danube. The day after leaving Vienna we reached Slovakia, the ruins of Devin Castle indicating our arrival at the border. Soon after, as we rounded a corner in the river, we saw a city emerging from the river with an impressive white castle perched on the hilltop. It took us a moment to register that this was Bratislava, our third capital city. 

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The week that almost went to plan

This past week of paddling got off to an exceptionally good start. We were treated to four days of beautiful weather and every aspect of each day went smoothly. We’re making our way through idyllic, gently rolling countryside and farmland, the river winding its way between fields of crops and cows. We even cracked the locks conundrum at the start of the week meaning it now takes a total of ten minutes to get through a lock!

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From England to Belgium, via France

Bonjour from the French-Belgian border!

After a week of waiting for the weather to clear up enough for us to attempt the Channel crossing, last Friday we were finally able to cross from Folkestone to Calais. The wait was well worth it as we were rewarded with one of the calmest days the support crew has ever seen. The sea was completely flat and glassy, blue sky and sunshine above us, while the horizon was too hazy to differentiate between sea and sky, let alone see France on the other side. It created the illusion that we were paddling into a vast expanse of nothingness, something we were both very happy about...

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Let the paddle begin

 Westminster Bridge to the English Channel

The first leg of our expedition from Westminster Bridge to the English Channel is officially complete!

Day one started during the early hours of the Saturday morning as we’d been invited in to BBC Radio London for a quick chat before we set off. We pulled up outside Broadcasting House with Benji the kayak strapped to the top of the car, both feeling a strange mix of excitement and nerves fo the day ahead...

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