Crossing the River Seine on one of the longest bridges in the world, the Pont de Normandie (Roumare to Honfleur 2016 Day 38)

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 Crossing the River Seine on one of the longest bridges in the world, the Pont de Normandie (Roumare to Honfleur 2016 Day 38)

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On the road to Rouen, on the same road where the world’s first cycle race and also the world’s first motor car race took place (Saint Pierre du Vauvray to Roumare 2016 Day 37)

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 On the road to Rouen, on the same road where the world’s first cycle race and also the world’s first motor car race took place (Saint Pierre du Vauvray to Roumare 2016 Day 37)

90 years after his death, Claude Monet’s gardens continue to attract visitors and his paintings continue to cause controversy (Dangu to Saint Pierre du Vauvray 2016 Day 36)

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 90 years after his death, Claude Monet’s gardens continue to attract visitors and his paintings continue to cause controversy (Dangu to Saint Pierre du Vauvray 2016 Day 36)

Ireland’s very own Iron Man, an endangered species and one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th Century (Bresles to Dangu 2016 Day 35)

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 Ireland’s very own Iron Man, an endangered species and one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th Century (Bresles to Dangu 2016 Day 35)

After getting the gears fixed on my bike, it was time to hit the road again with Travoy (Beauvais to Bresles 2016 Tour Day 34)

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 … Continue reading After getting the gears fixed on my bike, it was time to hit the road again with Travoy (Beauvais to Bresles 2016 Tour Day 34)

The best place to often see the Tour de France is at the start of a stage and that was certainly the case today at Moirans-en-Montagne (Nantua to Bresles 2016 Day 33)

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 The best place to often see the Tour de France is at the start of a stage and that was certainly the case today at Moirans-en-Montagne (Nantua to Bresles 2016 Day 33)

What a day as we get a pile of stuff from the Tour de France cavalcade and get to see one of the most controversial wheel changes ever (Annecy to Nantua 2016 Day 31)

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 What a day as we get a pile of stuff from the Tour de France cavalcade and get to see one of the most controversial wheel changes ever (Annecy to Nantua 2016 Day 31)

Mont Semnoz with its panoramic views and Annecy with its floating flowerbeds are well worth a visit (Aix les Bains to Annecy 2016 Day 30)

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 … Continue reading Mont Semnoz with its panoramic views and Annecy with its floating flowerbeds are well worth a visit (Aix les Bains to Annecy 2016 Day 30)

Chaos as Chris Froome runs up Mont Ventoux and chaos too as we run for shelter during a thunderstorm in Aix les Bains (Pierrefonds to Aix les Bains 2016 Day 28)

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 … Continue reading Chaos as Chris Froome runs up Mont Ventoux and chaos too as we run for shelter during a thunderstorm in Aix les Bains (Pierrefonds to Aix les Bains 2016 Day 28)

After cycling over 1400 km around Europe, it was great to meet up with family and do some driving for a change (Bresles to Pierrefonds 2016 Day 25)

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 After cycling over 1400 km around Europe, it was great to meet up with family and do some driving for a change (Bresles to Pierrefonds 2016 Day 25)

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 (Bresles 2016 Day 24)

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 (Bresles 2016 Day 24)

Cycling along the 1914 Battle of the Marne frontline, which was arguably the biggest and bloodiest battle of all time (Mary sur Marne to Bresles 2016 Day 23)

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 Cycling along the 1914 Battle of the Marne frontline, which was arguably the biggest and bloodiest battle of all time (Mary sur Marne to Bresles 2016 Day 23)