The bicycle trips I have had in Europe support the wildly romantic and wonderful experience shared in the CNN article.
If you have not bicycled in Europe, I encourage you to do so.
I speak some German, and of course English, but I don't speak French. Language was never a problem with just English.
The only time I really needed to speak a foreign language was with some Chinese people in Germany! Fortunately I speak enough Chinese to have secured room and dinner on one very rainy and cold night in a town where the only thing open was a Chinese resturaunt.
The point is that although speaking the local language is always advantageous, it isn't manditory for travel in Europe. I travel often by myself and always get along fine.
Everybody who bikes through Europe comes home with great stories. Europe is simply a fantastic place to tour by bicycle. Those people who travel by motor-car, bus, and plane are really robbing themselves of the best of European vacationing.
Last edited by mike; 11-09-02 at 09:47 PM.