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5 Reasons To Buy Less & Experience More In 2016

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With the holidays behind us, and the new year upon us, thoughts go to new year’s resolutions and finding ways to live better, healthier, and happier. How do you see yourself accomplishing your goals in 2016? For you, does living better mean acquiring the latest tech, appliance, or maybe a home reno? Maybe being happier and healthier comes with a ... Read More »

Piedmont Italy Wine & Cycling Is A Treasure Less Explored

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We wouldn’t call Piedmont unknown, or even off the beaten path, but where are all the tourists?  We know they come, we know the wine is world famous, yet, why does it feel like we have it to ourselves?   Well, we share what the locals are so happy to show off! A Sunday in June and everywhere are the ... Read More »

6 sizzling summer festivals in Sicily

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Sicily is a beautiful and very varied land, shaped by the myriad invaders and settlers who have all left their mark. Influenced by so many cultures, Sicilian cuisine is surprisingly lavish, while the people are very warm – just like the sunny island itself. Being an island in the Mediterranean Sea, you can expect summertime temperatures be around 72F. To ... Read More »

The Cotswolds: famous for fabrics

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Often called the quintessential English region, the Cotswolds is a picturesque range of hills in southwestern and west-central England, roughly 25 miles  across and 90 miles long. During Pure Adventures’ newest self-guided hybrid bike cycling tour  every day has a highlight, from the discovery of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments, to the romantic water gardens at Sezincote and the Brailes, an area mentioned ... Read More »

Lucky 7: Ireland’s best bike-friendly trails, pubs and festivals

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See the end of this post for an exclusive St. Patrick’s Day offer from Pure Adventures – you could be wearing a free Pure Adventures jersey on your next trip! Since 2004, Pure Adventures has offered self-guided cycling vacations in Ireland, the home of St. Patrick, the country’s most famous patron. While little is known about his early life, St. Patrick’s ... Read More »

Mary Jane Colter’s Indelible Impression on the Grand Canyon

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American architect Mary Jane Colter is often described as a perfectionist. As one of the few female architects working in the United States between 1910 and 1950, Coulter’s passion for history and backstories figured strongly into the iconic buildings she designed. While Colter had a long and successful career throughout the US Midwest, it is her work in designing many ... Read More »

5 must-haves for your cycling trip to Spain

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  You know Spain will be a top travel destination when even Conde Nast’s Wendy Perrin adds it to her list of 2014 travel trends. Perrin lists Spain (along with Germany and Ireland) among the most affordable European countries to fly to in 2014. If you’ve been thinking of booking a self-guided cycling tour to Spain, now is the time to ... Read More »

New tour: El Camino Saint James Way Cycling

Pure Adventures announces a new addition to our popular collection of self-guided tours in Spain: 7 nights of easy cycling along the Spanish countryside, following the last 300 kilometers of the Camino francés. Since the Middle Ages, pilgrims from all over Europe were attracted by the grave of the apostle James at Santiago de Compostela at the far North-Western tip ... Read More »

French Holiday Delicacies

French Holiday Delicacies   When it comes to fine food and delectable cuisine, the French certainly know a thing or two.  From escargot to Coq au Vin to mouthwatering pastries and perfectly aged cheese, a trip to France is always a delicious gastronomical journey.  The holidays are no exception, as highly anticipated traditional dishes make their appearances at parties and ... Read More »

3 Must Visit Towns in Loire Valley France

3 Must Visit Towns in Loire     Given France’s size and diversity, there are certainly plenty of destinations within for visitors to choose from.  But if it’s an authentic experience you seek, the Loire Valley embodies all of the charm and magic that one could envision about France.  From imposing castles to quaint, friendly villages to sprawling vineyards which ... Read More »