Monday, 21 August 2017

About The Adrien and Martin Joly Blog

Brothers Adrien and Martin follow in the footsteps of many travelers who crossed the Balkans from antiquity to modern times. But they do it by bicycle! Starting on October 6, they have given themselves one month to cycle the nearly 2,100-kilometre distance between Venice and Istanbul. In their blog, they reflect on and document their journey as they travel through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Their blog in French is at

From Gravina to Atella

November 07, 2008 • 0 Comments Montenegro

The nice retired tennisman has prepared a breakfeast for us, a nice way to start the journey.

He has two sons of the same age, that could explain why is so happy to help us.. We thank him and manages to leave quite early. We head off to Spinazzolla, and from there we are able to use a little... Full Story

Goodbye Montenegro

November 05, 2008 • 0 Comments Montenegro

We are impatient to get Martin's Id….

But it is not bad to wait in Budva, Rovshan is looking after us so well. We are lodged and fed, our cloth cleaned.. Everything is ready for a new departure.

Something turned tup, Martin's ID that our mother had sent with DHL.

We can carry on, we... Full Story

From Bari to Gravina

November 05, 2008 • 0 Comments Montenegro

On the other side of the Adriatic sea is another world. A few minutes is enough to feel that we are no longer in the Balkans, the smell, the noise, the activity  seems all more familiar.

It takes us a  few m iles to leave the port and to find the old city of Bari.

The atmosphere is... Full Story

Budva, three idle days waiting for an ID.

October 23, 2008 • 0 Comments Montenegro

The next day, we wake up in the room our friend Rovshan managed to find us…

We go to his office, where his colleague knows a French Man working in the French Ambassy… After a few chat, we realise that what the only thing they could do is sending us back to France.. We need another solution..... Full Story

From Rogosnico to Split

October 22, 2008 • 0 Comments Croatia

We wake up at 7,00, unfortunately we have no showers, just two snikers to share… Martin was worried about the bikes and didn´t sleep at all.

We only have 45 km to reach Split, so it wont be too hard It takes us two hours to reach Split.

As we are getting close to Split from the North, we... Full Story

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Adrien and Martin Joly

Adrien and Martin Joly

French brothers Adrien and Martin – both passionate travellers, embark on their first journey together as they cycle across the Balkans. When not travelling, Adrien works as at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton as an interpreter, while Martin works for an NGO in Paris. Adrien considers his first important journey to have been when he travelled along the Amazon River and relied on the local people’s hospitality 10 years ago. Martin, who also practices photography as an amateur, spent a year in Central America and walked across Iceland, the Pyrenees and Peru.