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Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a...

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, By Héctor Tobar On August 5th 2010 the San... Read More »


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The Emperor and The Saint….

The Emperor and The Saint Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Francis of Assisi, and Journeys to Medieval Placesm by Richard F. Cassady As the Foreword states, this book is the biography... Read More »

St Malo, France where the ExperiencePlus! Brittany and Normandy tour begins.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“All the Light We Cannot See” was on almost everyone’s top books of 2014 list and was also a finalist for the National Book Award. This intriguing story follows two... Read More »

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Touring Club Italiano (TCI)

Paola and I just returned from two weeks in Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, where we explored small towns, villages and the regional capital of Bari relying mostly on guidebooks... Read More »

Reviews,  About ExperiencePlus!: Rider Spotlight

If I Only Had A Brain – by Dennis Globus

A few months back I received an email from a longtime traveler of ours who asked if someone at our office would be willing to review his new self-published book... Read More »

Bicycles in Amsterdam


In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist by...

Here’s a book to add to your collection about bicycle history and advocacy.  Don’t get me wrong, Pete Jordan’s book about the history of cycling in Amsterdam doesn’t rank among... Read More »

Tomintoul, Scotland visited on the ExperiencePlus! ride across the highlands.

Travel Planning: Movie and Reading List,  Reviews

Following the Sun: A Bicycle Pilgrimage from Andalusia to...

Reviewed by ExperiencePlus! traveler Phillip Singer Following the Sun is a story of a cycling journey by author John Hanson Mitchell, a self-professed sun worshipper, beginning in southern Spain riding... Read More »


A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

Certain places call out to me for the mystery and the allure that they exude.  Tasmania and the Afghanistan of fifty years ago fit that category, mainly because I did... Read More »

Neuschwanstein Castle


The Ludwig Conspiracy By Oliver Pötzsch

Reviewed by ExperiencePlus! traveler Jeff Berger. Oliver Pötzsch has taken time off from his Hangman’s Daughter series in order to address the real life mystery, albeit in fictional terms, of... Read More »


Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne

Reviewed by ExperiencePlus! traveler Pam Brills. If you have visited Paris, or plan to in conjunction with a bike ride through France, this is a must read.   Alistair Horne is... Read More »

Dervla Murhpy in Barcelona (Courtesy of Dervla Murhpy)


Dervla Murphy, Touring Bicyclist and Traveler Extraordinaire

As you anticipate your bicycle travel adventure you would do well to prepare by reading some of Dervla Murphy’s bicycle narratives.  I can’t think of a better way to “gear... Read More »

Just another day in paradise.


Rose Café: Love and War in Corsica

More than four decades after he lived and worked in Corsica, John Hanson Mitchell writes of his time living on the Mediterranean island at the age of twenty.  He describes... Read More »


The Inferno by Dan Brown

Reviewed by ExperiencePlus! Traveler Bill Giovinazzo When Dan Brown came out with his latest thriller “The Inferno,” there was no question; I had to read it. It isn’t that I... Read More »


The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal’s The Hare With Amber Eyes explores culture, history, geography, politics, war, art, relationships, and family.  Universal themes made unique by the methods used to bind them all... Read More »


The Lead Goat Veered Off by Neil Anderson

If you are looking for an adventurous and entertaining tale about cycle touring, The Lead Goat Veered Off fits the bill. If you’ve been to Sardinia or plan to head... Read More »

Regensberg. Photo by ExperiencePlus! traveler John Clevenger


The Beggar King by Oliver Pötzsch

ExperiencePlus! traveler Jeff Berger reviews the third novel in the Hangman’s Daughter series. The newly released third novel in the series, The Beggar King, finds the Hangman Jacob Kuisl, in... Read More »


Ride the Tour Divide

Julie Horton reflects on Paul Howard’s Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide and Be Brave, Be Strong: A... Read More »


The Hangman’s Daughter and The Dark Monk

Reviewed by ExperiencePlus! traveler Jeff Berger The Hangman’s Daughter and the sequel The Dark Monk, originally published in German to wide acclaim, were written by Oliver Pötzsch, the descendent of... Read More »


Wild by Cheryl Strayed

In Wild, Cheryl Strayed recounts her solo 1995 1,100 mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert in California to the Washington border. The story is made... Read More »


Machiavelli By Ross King

Reviewed by ExperiencePlus! traveler Bill Giovinazzo. When our ExperiencePlus! bike tour passed through Florence I happened to notice the statue of Niccolo Machiavelli outside of the Uffizi Museum. He had... Read More »


The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

Ayla is Back! Jean M. Auel’s  Earth’s Children series introduced us to one of the original beautiful, strong, and self-sufficient female protagonist back in 1980 and in this last installment... Read More »


The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior

by Paul Strathren. Reviewed by ExperiencePlus! traveler Bill Giovinazzo. When we rode across Italy we cycled over roads and through towns that were thousands of years old, areas that have... Read More »


The Tigress of Forlí

The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy’s most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de’ Medici By Elizabeth Lev, 2011 Review by Paola Malpezzi Price I grew up hearing the... Read More »


Movie Review: Evita

Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s hit musical isn’t just on Broadway.  This is no news flash, as Evita the film came out in 1996, but we’d like to remind you that if you’re... Read More »

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