Wine Tasting in Costa Brava

When in Girona, you need to take some time to taste the wine. The vineyards are located less than hour outside the city and Spain produces some of the best wine in Europe. The vineyard I visited was called Terra Romota, which means remote land – and it really is remote. Unless you knew it…

Running Costa Brava

As you know, I love to run. I also love Ragnar Relays, which are 200 mile running relays where you run with a team from one city to another. There’s something very fun about running and actually getting somewhere rather than running in a big circle like most marathons (although, I do still run marathons…

The Gaudi Weekend in Barcelona

Le Pedrera I’ve been to Barcelona a few times and each time I go, I try to see a different area – or a different aspect of what the city has to offer. I’ve already exhausted the Rambles and Gothic Quarter. And I’ve done the whole shopping thing. What I hadn’t done yet was see…

Not quite sure about Ibiza

Ibiza old town on the port I currently have two friends who have been traveling the world for the last two years.  Every once and a while, I get a Facebook message from them saying they will be in the area — and if I want to join them for dinner or a weekend of…

Tapas and architecture in Barcelona

Here’s a fun fact.  One of my Bachelor degrees is in visual arts with a minor in art and architectural history.  So while I prefer adventure vacations outside of cities, I go a little weak in the knees when surrounded by amazing cathedrals, old houses and bridges. However, I also have a passion for modern…

Last Day of Cycling Mallorca: Saving the Best for Last

Packing up our bags, we said good-bye to the beautiful La Residencia hotel and began our day pedaling toward the Mallorca coast. Pedaling uphill, our little group followed the coastal route from Deia to Andratx, through Valdemossa, Banyalbufar, and Estellencs.  With an elevation gain of 970 meters, the scenery of the ocean below was breathtaking…

Day Four of Luxury Cycling with Duvine in Mallorca

Still in the mountain area, Day Four of my Mallorca Cycling Adventure because with a   hour hike – yes, that’s right, we actually didn’t have to pedal up the hill and my legs and butt were thankful.  Instead we hiked from Deia to Son Mico to this little place that served cakes.    Have I…

The Scary Descent Down to the Valley

After two days in the first hotel, it was time to move on another part of the island.  Our suitcases got to take the van there, but we took our bikes and pedaled up and down hills.  But of course, we didn’t get to check out our new sleeping accommodations until after we had put…

Cycling up the Tramuntana Mountains

Day 2 of my Mallorca bike tour was all about options.  Those who were crazy and wanted a challenge got up an hour earlier than the rest of the group to cycle 21 miles uphill- and when I say uphill, I’m talking about the Tramuntana Mountains with an elevation gain of 1,244 meters. Naturally I…

Day 1: Cycling through Mallorca with the Duvine team

  Aahhh…the island of Mallorca.  Rugged coastal roads, quant villages and hills that will make your legs ache…what more could a cyclist want on vacation? My cycling trip around Mallorca was one of the most incredible trips I’ve gone on in a while.  Being pressed for time, I opted to go with Duvine cycling adventures…