2016-07-24 (Day 38) Roumare – Honfleur

Today's photo shows the view of one of the cable stay support towers on the Pont de Normandie. The Pont de Normandie was the longest cable stay bridge in the world when it opened in 1998 and is probably the only motorway bridge in the world with a cycle lane. With it being a Sunday … Continue reading 2016-07-24 (Day 38) Roumare – Honfleur


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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading 2016-07-21 (Day 35) Bresles – Dangu

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

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

After defeating Ireland, France go on to beat Iceland and Germany but then suffer an agonizing defeat of their own to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final

Today's featured image shows Antoine Griesmann scoring the first of his two goals against Ireland during Euro 2016. I was in La Thuile in Italy , a small ski resort a few kms from the French border when Ireland played France in Lyon just 200 kms or so away.. A weeks earlier, I had traveled … Continue reading After defeating Ireland, France go on to beat Iceland and Germany but then suffer an agonizing defeat of their own to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final

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