Archive for November, 2015

BMW Nav V GPS – a timely tip for winter storage

BMW Nav V GPS – a timely tip for winter storage

Even though Winter hasn’t officially arrived, here in Edmonton winter temperatures ARE here. My BMW riding friends reminded me this weekend that BMW’s Navigator V GPS has a  specific range of temperatures in which it is intended to operate. According to one BMW official site the Navigator V is intended […]

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Cosmos Travel – Central Europe Tour – Part 2

Cosmos Travel – Central Europe Tour – Part 2

Central Europe tour itinerary The Cosmos Central Europe tour is a 14-day whirlwind affair that starts and ends in Frankfurt. Our itinerary was as follows: Day 1:  Arrive Frankfurt, Germany Day 2:  Frankfurt-Weimer-Berlin Day 3:  Berlin Day 4:  Berlin-Poznan and Warsaw, Poland Day 5:  Warsaw Day 6:  Warsaw-Jasna Gora-Auschwitz-Krakow, Poland […]

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Nata – the real deal! Portugal’s culinary gift to the world

Nata – the real deal!  Portugal’s culinary gift to the world

We found the mouth-watering Nata egg custard tarts at three Portuguese bakeries in Edmonton, but this photo shows the original confection we ate at Lisbon’s famous Pasteis de Belem bakery. This  bakery has been producing these original recipe morsels in Lisbon since 1827. When our tour bus drove by this […]

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“Road” – Dunlop racing family documentary film

The first snow has fallen in Edmonton.  That pretty much ends the motorcycle riding season. What’s a dyed-in-the-wool motorcyclist supposed to do to bide one’s time in winter? TV, and in particular, Netflix, is your best friend for the non-riding season. I recently watched the documentary film “Road” (2014), the […]

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Europe – civilized acceptance of motorcycles

Europe – civilized acceptance of motorcycles

Europe seems so much more civilized when it comes to accepting motorcycles and how people use them.  Of course, in Europe, motorcycles and scooters are used for transportation.  Cheaper on fuel, easy to ride through gridlocked traffic and you can park just about any where. And that’s what Euro riders […]

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Cosmos Travel – Central Europe Tour – Part 1

Cosmos Travel – Central Europe Tour – Part 1

Part 1 – Opting to take a bus tour takes a leap of faith.  There are so many worries you can’t control. Will we be surrounded by idiot tourists who are always late?  Will there be tour members who complain about everything?  Will the bus be noisy and uncomfortable? Ingrid and I […]

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2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Highline – review

2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Highline – review

Let’s just forget about Volkswagen’s current ‘troubles’ worldwide regarding the company’s much used diesel passenger car engines. We recently tested a 2015 Golf Sportwagen fitted with Volkswagen’s excellent 170 horsepower 1.8-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine, and we loved it. The current rage in North America (and it seems in Europe […]

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“Nata” – the sweet taste of Portugal in Edmonton

“Nata” – the sweet taste of Portugal in Edmonton

“Nata” are gorgeously delicious egg custard tarts we ‘discovered’ when we recently visited Portugal. The yellow, eggy tarts are filled with creamy, smooth, sweet custard and can be found on every street corner cafe.  They are a favourite snack in Portugal, which has a dyed-in-the-wool cafe culture.  A cup of […]

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Pulled pork and coleslaw in a cup – German style

Pulled pork and coleslaw in a cup – German style

We landed in Frankfurt, Germany on the last day of the national celebration for the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s ‘fall.’ Along the Main River that runs through the city, numerous street vendors were set up, selling food and beverages, as well as displays to promote tourism in various […]

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Lisbon municipal police Honda Deauville

Lisbon municipal police Honda Deauville

In Lisbon, Portugal, all the municipal police motorcycles we saw on road patrol were Honda Deauville NT700Vs.  This is a mid-displacement, 680 cc liquid-cooled V-twin motorcycle never imported to Canada. That’s a shame.  With shaft-drive and standard equipment hard bags, this is a do-it-all-rounder that takes advantage of its smaller […]

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