2016-07-23 (Day 37) Saint Pierre du Vauvray – Roumare

Today’s photo features the Notre Dame cathedral in Rouen. In 1876, a new spire was built of cast iron to replace the old spire which had been damaged by lightning. From 1876 to 1880, at 151m in height, this spire was the tallest structure in the world until surpassed by Cologne Cathedral in Germany. It was one of the first buildings ever built to surpass … Continue reading 2016-07-23 (Day 37) Saint Pierre du Vauvray – Roumare

2016-07-22 (Day 36) Dangu – Saint Pierre du Vauvray

Today’s photo shows a wooden gated entrance to a garden in Giverny in France. But this is no ordinary wooden garden gate. For this is the entrance to Claude Monet’s lily pond garden, where he would sit for hours painting the willow trees and the water lilies floating on the water. Monet’s style of painting was known as Impressionism and he painted most of his … Continue reading 2016-07-22 (Day 36) Dangu – Saint Pierre du Vauvray

2016-07-21 (Day 35) Bresles – Dangu

Today’s photo shows the Massey Ferguson tractor factory in Beauvais. This factory employs over 2,300 people and since it opened in 1960 has produced over 900.000 tractors. In 2016, this factory won the prestigious Factory of the Year title in France beating 10 other shortlisted factories from a whole range of industries. Last year, almost 15,000 tractors were built at this factory, 85% of which … Continue reading 2016-07-21 (Day 35) Bresles – Dangu

2016-07-20 (Day 34) Bresles – Beauvais – Bresles

Today’s photo shows the Pro Cycle bike shop in Beauvais where I finally managed to get the gears on my bike fixed. It was the third bike shop I had called into on this year’s Tour de Travoy but it was the only one where I got anything done. The owner could only speak French but I was able to explain what needed doing and … Continue reading 2016-07-20 (Day 34) Bresles – Beauvais – Bresles

2016-07-19 (Day 33) Nantua – Moirans – Bresles

Today’s photo shows Chris Froome being interviewed by French TV after signing in before the start of Stage 16 of the Tour de France in Moirans-en-Montagne. The French public are certainly warming to Chris Froome as only Peter Sagan got a bigger cheer than Froome from the crowd. Last year, I had watched Froome sign in at Saint Jean de Maurienne and he only got … Continue reading 2016-07-19 (Day 33) Nantua – Moirans – Bresles

2016-07-17 (Day 31) Annecy – Anglefort – Nantua

Today’s photo shows Geraint Thomas, the Welsh Team Sky cyclist, getting a wheel change in Anglefort from the Mavic neutral service mechanic during Stage 15 of the Tour de France. Witnessing a wheel change at a cycling race is a rare event and it is a bit like catching a ball after a home run at a baseball game, so we were incredibly lucky to get … Continue reading 2016-07-17 (Day 31) Annecy – Anglefort – Nantua

2016-07-16 (Day 30) Aix les Bains – Annecy

Today’s photo shows floating flower beds in the Thiou river in the old town of Annecy. The French love their flowers and you often see them hanging from flower baskets on bridges and buildings. But here at Annecy, they have flower beds floating in the local river something I haven’t come across anywhere else. Camping du Sierroz in Aix les Bains. The campsite was very busy … Continue reading 2016-07-16 (Day 30) Aix les Bains – Annecy

2016-07-14 (Day 28) Pierrefonds – Aix les Bains

Today’s photo shows Lac du Bourget with the Mont du Chat in the distance on a cloudy summer’s evening. We had arrived in Aix les Bains the day before and liked the place so much we decided to stay another day. We had  already driven about 800 km from Pierrefonds in 2 days so it was nice to not have to drive anywhere for one … Continue reading 2016-07-14 (Day 28) Pierrefonds – Aix les Bains

2016-07-11 (Day 25) Bresles – Beauvais – Pierrefonds

Today’s photo shows the Chateau Pierrefonds, which is one of the best preserved and most visited chateaus in France. Earlier, I had met up with my sister and 2 of her kids who had flown to Beauvais airport that morning for 10 day’s holiday in France. We had planned to hire a car and then drive down to the Alps to see the Tour de France. … Continue reading 2016-07-11 (Day 25) Bresles – Beauvais – Pierrefonds

2016-07-09 (Day 23) Mary sur Marne – Bresles

Today’s photo shows a memorial plaque at a roundabout in Nanteuil le Haudouin commemorating the Taxi de la Marne and the role they played during the First Battle of the Marne. This battle  in September 1914 was one of the biggest and bloodiest battles in World War 1 and resulted in almost half a million casualties. Over a million German soldiers fought against a million … Continue reading 2016-07-09 (Day 23) Mary sur Marne – Bresles