The new coolest place on the planet in 2019 should be the Dolomites in Italy as I was out of breath the whole time there not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-51 Ovaro to Canazei)

Today's featured photo shows the Cadore lake with the mountains of the Dolomites in the background. I have cycled the length of the Iron Curtain and all over Europe on previous tours but nowhere have I been that has blown me away as much as the Dolomites in Italy. Not only that but while the … Continue reading The new coolest place on the planet in 2019 should be the Dolomites in Italy as I was out of breath the whole time there not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-51 Ovaro to Canazei)

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Monte Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it’s role in both the men’s and women’s Giro d’Italia this year only added to it’s legendary status (2018 Day 46 Ovaro)

Today's featured photo shows a huge wooden arch in the small town of Ovaro at the start of the climb to Monte Zoncalon. Along with the Angliru in Spain, the Zoncalon is the most feared climb in cycling as it averages almost 12% from here to the summit 10.5 km away and in places the … Continue reading Monte Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it’s role in both the men’s and women’s Giro d’Italia this year only added to it’s legendary status (2018 Day 46 Ovaro)

The Italian Front in World War 1 was just as vicious and as futile as the Western Front but hopefully, it will get some coverage in the build-up to the Remembrance Day centenary on November the 11th (2018 Days 43-46 Trieste to Ovaro)

Today's featured photo shows the World War 1 memorial at Redipuglia near Monfalcone in north east Italy. The memorial is the largest war memorial in Italy and one of the largest memorials inn the world. The remains of over 100,000 Italian soldiers who all died between 1915 and 1918 in World War 1 are buried … Continue reading The Italian Front in World War 1 was just as vicious and as futile as the Western Front but hopefully, it will get some coverage in the build-up to the Remembrance Day centenary on November the 11th (2018 Days 43-46 Trieste to Ovaro)

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

Today's featured photo shows the Pan European Picnic Park near Sopron in north-western Hungary. You might not think it looking at the photo above but it was here that the first crack in the Iron Curtain occurred in 1989. On Sunday the 19th August 1989, a picnic was organised here by the Hungarian and Austrian … Continue reading From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

Meandering through Bohemia and the Czech Republic before following the Danube through Austria to Vienna (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Vienna)

Today's featured photo shows the River Danube gently flowing past the German city of Passau. I crossed over the mighty Danube here at Passau on my way to České Budějovice and would later cross over it again on my way to Vienna. I have crossed over bigger rivers such as the Seine at Le Havre … Continue reading Meandering through Bohemia and the Czech Republic before following the Danube through Austria to Vienna (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Vienna)

Rest and recuperation in Munich as I meet up with relatives before resuming my journey through Bavaria to the Austrian border (2018 Days 25-28 Munich to Passau)

Today's featured photo shows my sister Karen and her daughter Aoibheann trying to run me over on 2 motorbikes outside the BMW World museum in Munich. They had flown in from Dublin for a weekend break in Germany's third largest city. It was great to meet up with them and get a rest for a … Continue reading Rest and recuperation in Munich as I meet up with relatives before resuming my journey through Bavaria to the Austrian border (2018 Days 25-28 Munich to Passau)

BMW have just had a record year but they will need to up their game big time to avoid being overtaken by their rivals (Munich 2018 Day 24)

Today's featured photo shows BMW's famous cylinder shaped global headquarters building which is as much a symbol of Munich as the Eifel Tower in Paris. BMW has been based here in Munich since 1922 and last year, achieved record profits and sales. In 2017, the company sold over 2 million vehicles for the first time … Continue reading BMW have just had a record year but they will need to up their game big time to avoid being overtaken by their rivals (Munich 2018 Day 24)

Audi’s car factory in Ingolstadt may not be as big as VW’s in Wolfsburg but it is even more impressive and what Audi are planning here is really audacious (Ingolstadt 2018 Day 24)

Today's featured photo shows the Audi museum opposite the company's headquarters in Ingolstadt in Bavaria. Audi have been based in Ingolstadt since 1949 and in 2000 opened this stylish museum to showcase their heritage. The Audi museum features about 50 current models and 50 historic models dating all the way back to 1899 when Audi … Continue reading Audi’s car factory in Ingolstadt may not be as big as VW’s in Wolfsburg but it is even more impressive and what Audi are planning here is really audacious (Ingolstadt 2018 Day 24)

East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but remnants of it’s past can still be seen here and there (Dresden to Nuremburg 2018 Days 19-23)

Today's featured photo shows the old border crossing between East and West Germany at Modlareuth in Bavaria. Modlareuth was nicknamed "Little Berlin" because for 45 years, this small village was divided in 2 by the Iron Curtain. Hundreds of soldiers were stationed here guarding this small corner of East Germany but that all changed in … Continue reading East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but remnants of it’s past can still be seen here and there (Dresden to Nuremburg 2018 Days 19-23)

A wake up call for the German car industry at the VW Transparent factory in Dresden (Berlin to Dresden 2018 Days 16-18)

Today's featured photo shows a Tesla Model S electric car charging at a charging station in Dresden. But this is no ordinary charging station as this station is located beside the Volkswagen Transparent car factory, where VW build an electric version of their Golf hatchback, which they call the E-Golf. But the fact there were … Continue reading A wake up call for the German car industry at the VW Transparent factory in Dresden (Berlin to Dresden 2018 Days 16-18)

Germany’s capital has been so utterly 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 (Berlin 2018 Days 14-15)

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 Germany’s capital has been so utterly 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 (Berlin 2018 Days 14-15)

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 to Szczecin 2018 Days 08-13)

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 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 to Szczecin 2018 Days 08-13)