Berlin (Days 14-15) Germany’s capital has been so totally transformed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is now little trace of 45 years of communist rule to be seen anywhere in East Berlin

Today's featured photo shows a billboard which displays an image taken in the late Eighties of groups of tourists standing on a viewing platform to see over the Berlin Wall. The billboard is located in a small square not far from Checkpoint Charlie. The exact location where the photo was taken is not specified but … Continue reading Berlin (Days 14-15) Germany’s capital has been so totally transformed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is now little trace of 45 years of communist rule to be seen anywhere in East Berlin

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Wolfsburg to Szczecin (Days 08-13) 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but crossing into Poland is like going back in time

Today's featured photo shows graffiti on a wharf at the Polish port of Szczecin on the Baltic Sea. Szczecin has only been part of Poland for the last 70 years and for most of it's history, it was part of Germany and called Stettin. Indeed, Winston Churchill famously name-checked Stettin in his historic Iron Curtain … Continue reading Wolfsburg to Szczecin (Days 08-13) 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but crossing into Poland is like going back in time

Wolfsburg (Day 08) Not only is the VW factory in Wolfsburg the biggest factory in the world but the Autostadt museum beside it, is also one of the most visited theme-parks in Europe

Today's featured photo shows the world famous Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg.  VW is now one of the world's biggest car manufacturers in the world but it's worldwide headquarters are still based in the small city of Wolfsburg, where the company was founded in 1938. The VW factory complex in Wolfsburg is apparently the largest factory in the … Continue reading Wolfsburg (Day 08) Not only is the VW factory in Wolfsburg the biggest factory in the world but the Autostadt museum beside it, is also one of the most visited theme-parks in Europe

Hamelin to Checkpoint Alpha (Days 06-07) For 45 years, vehicles crossing from West Germany to East Germany were stopped here by Stasi officers, but Checkpoint Alpha nowadays is a lot less terrifying

Today's featured photo shows the interrogation room at Checkpoint Alpha on the old East German border beside the A2 motorway at Marienborn. The A2 autobahn goes from Hamburg in West Germany to Berlin in East Germany and crossed from West to East here at Checkpoint Alpha and then from East Germany to West Berlin at … Continue reading Hamelin to Checkpoint Alpha (Days 06-07) For 45 years, vehicles crossing from West Germany to East Germany were stopped here by Stasi officers, but Checkpoint Alpha nowadays is a lot less terrifying

London to Hamelin (Days 01-05) On the trail of the Pied Piper from England to Germany

Today's featured photo shows the Stena Hollandica ferry docked at the port in the Hook of Holland. The first part of the 2018 Tour de Travoy was to cycle from England to Poland and to cross over the North Sea by getting the overnight ferry from Harwich to Holland . I had originally planned to cycle all … Continue reading London to Hamelin (Days 01-05) On the trail of the Pied Piper from England to Germany

2018 Tour de Travoy menu : 1) Starter – London to Berlin, 2) Main course – Iron Curtain trail, 3) Dessert – Dolomites in Italy

The main aim of the 2018 Tour de Travoy is to cycle along the Iron Curtain which for most of the 20th Century formed a barrier between between Western and Eastern Europe. The term "Iron Curtain" was first popularized by the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a speech he delivered in the USA … Continue reading 2018 Tour de Travoy menu : 1) Starter – London to Berlin, 2) Main course – Iron Curtain trail, 3) Dessert – Dolomites in Italy

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 1.5) – Col de la Traversette (updated)

15 months ago,  I wrote an extensive article about whether Hannibal may have crossed over the Col de la Traversette in 218 BC on his way to attack the Roman army in Italy. It was based on considerable coverage in the world's media during April 2016 of the results of core samples taken by Professor … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 1.5) – Col de la Traversette (updated)

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 2.5) – Col de Montgenevre

Last year, I wrote how there have been over 1,000 books published about Hannibal and how in almost every book, there is a different route for Hannibal's crossing of the Alps. That is a slight exaggeration but there certainly has been several hundred books published about Hannibal over the last 2,000 years. Last year, I … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 2.5) – Col de Montgenevre

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 3.5) – Col du Petit Saint Bernard (updated)

I wrote last year, that in my opinion, the most convincing argument for where Hannibal crossed the Alps was published 130 years ago by the American historian, Theodore Ayrualt Dodge, who was convinced that Hannibal used the Petit Saint Bernard pass. Theodore Dodge was an American military historian and his book about Hannibal's life is … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 3.5) – Col du Petit Saint Bernard (updated)

Dublin to Donegal – In exactly a year’s time, the sun will rise on Brexit Day but what will become of the border in Northern Ireland

August 28th – 29th 2017 (Days 112 -113) Today's featured photo shows the sun rising over farmland near Ashbourne in County Meath. I had set off from Dublin in the pitch dark and had cycled almost 50 km before the sun started to rise. The earliest I had ever set off before on this year's tour … Continue reading Dublin to Donegal – In exactly a year’s time, the sun will rise on Brexit Day but what will become of the border in Northern Ireland

Rosslare to Dublin – Despite the wind and rain, it was great to be back in Ireland after over 3 months away

August 24th – 27th 2017 (Days 108 – 111) Today's featured photo shows the sign welcoming you to Rosslare Harbour in Wexford. Cead mile failte is an Irish saying that means a hundred thousand welcomes and after 3 and a half months away from Ireland, it was great to see the sign for Rosslare Harbour … Continue reading Rosslare to Dublin – Despite the wind and rain, it was great to be back in Ireland after over 3 months away