Weeks 3 & 4: Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia
Entering Slovakia and enjoying the beautiful old town in Bratislava
We found the cycling sign at the Hungarian border ominously full of bullets
Communist statues: these eerie reminders of Hungary's darker days were rounded up from the centre of Budapest and dumped in a park on the outskirts of town
The Danube led us straight in to the heart of beautiful Budapest
Max only has eyes for macaroooons.
Stopping for a break with Maurice, a fellow cycle tourer.
Braims on toast in Southern Hungary - not a smart choice, it turned out.
The only ripe munchies to be foraged in Hungary, beautifully complimented by stuff from the 'local' grocery store.
Enjoying plums wrapped in dough - given to us by a kindly Croatian lady when we stopped for a rest. (Guy in indecent lycra and beard is Ben, from Wales, also on the way to Istanbul)
Bullet holes and bombed out buildings in Vukovar. This part of Croatia saw some of the worst fighting of the recent civil war.
Camping on the banks of the Danube that marks the border between Croatia and Serbia.
Fine dining next to our 'wild' campsite - we weren't able to shower but at least we ate well
Crossing in to Serbia - country number seven
Disturbing Serbian street art
Walking on the wild side in Belgrade
Another milestone reached - 2,000k on the outskirts of Belgrade
Week 2: Germany and Austria
Muesli and beer for dinner in Weltenberg, the oldest monastery brewed beer in the world
Look what I got at the local schmuck store
Beer and sausage at a beer festival in Passau - a sweet goodbye to Germany
Ready steady cook cycle touring style
Campsite in Passau
Cycling along the Danube in Passau
Comedy signage looking like something out of a world war two film
Crossing the Germany Austria border
On the way from Passau to Linz - first stage of the most popular cycle route in the world
999.99km - a big landmark reached just before Melk
Caught red handed and pretty views in the Wachau wine region of Austria
We took our food very seriously in Vienna, especially Sacher Torte, the most famous chocolate cake in the world.
Pictures from our first week on the road: France and Germany
A quick crepe in Strassbourg
Pretty German meadows
And Max with his trusty steed
Cooking up our first feast
And eating our first feast (tastier than it looks)
Plotting our route
Our beautiful home
Over the Danube river
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Muesli with Kristian our Canadian friend