On the road to Wittenberg, where 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to a church door and changed history forever (2018 Day 16 Berlin to Wittenberg)

Today's featured image shows a statue of Martin Luther in Wittenberg town square, about 110 km south of Berlin. It was in Wittenberg where Martin Luther famously nailed the 95 Theses to the All Saints Church door, an event that marked the beginning of the Reformation and the Protestant religion. That event took place on … Continue reading On the road to Wittenberg, where 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to a church door and changed history forever (2018 Day 16 Berlin to Wittenberg)

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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 (2018 Days 14-15 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 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 (2018 Days 14-15 Berlin)

For much of it’s history, Szczecin was known as Stettin and it was here where the Iron Curtain started according to Winston Churchill (2018 Day 13 Szczecin)

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 For much of it’s history, Szczecin was known as Stettin and it was here where the Iron Curtain started according to Winston Churchill (2018 Day 13 Szczecin)

30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, so much money has been spent on infrastructure in East Germany that it is nowadays no different to West Germany (2018 Days 08-12 Wolfsburg to Locknitz)

Today's featured photo shows the bridge at Donitz over the River Elbe. 30 years ago, this bridge was located at the border between West Germany and East Germany. Of course, most Germans know that the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989 but the border checkpoint at this bridge was not dismantled until December 1989 or … Continue reading 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, so much money has been spent on infrastructure in East Germany that it is nowadays no different to West Germany (2018 Days 08-12 Wolfsburg to Locknitz)

Not only is the VW factory in Wolfsburg the biggest factory in the world but VW’s Autostadt is also one of the most visited museums in Europe (2018 Day 08 Wolfsburg)

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 Not only is the VW factory in Wolfsburg the biggest factory in the world but VW’s Autostadt is also one of the most visited museums in Europe (2018 Day 08 Wolfsburg)

For 45 years, vehicles crossing from West to East were stopped here by Stasi officers, but the East German border nowadays is a lot less terrifying (2018 Days 06-07 Hamelin to Wolfsburg)

Today's featured photo shows the interrogation room at the East German border  on the A2 motorway near Marienborn. The A2 autobahn goes from Hamburg in West Germany to Berlin in East Germany and crossed from West to East first at Checkpoint Alpha near Helmstedt and then at the East German border crossing shown above near Marienborn … Continue reading For 45 years, vehicles crossing from West to East were stopped here by Stasi officers, but the East German border nowadays is a lot less terrifying (2018 Days 06-07 Hamelin to Wolfsburg)

On my way to Hamelin, famous for the Pied Piper, who in 1284 may have lured 150 children to the silver mine in nearby Goslar, which was the biggest mine in the world at that time (Days 04-05 Coesfeld to Hamelin)

Today's featured photo shows the town square in Hamelin in Germany. Hamelin is famous the world over as the location where a Pied Piper lured a number of local children away from the town by playing a melodic tune and the children were never seen again. The tale seems to be based on a true … Continue reading On my way to Hamelin, famous for the Pied Piper, who in 1284 may have lured 150 children to the silver mine in nearby Goslar, which was the biggest mine in the world at that time (Days 04-05 Coesfeld to Hamelin)

A Bridge Too Far after crossing the North Sea on a ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland (2018 Days 01-03 London to Coesfeld)

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. Normally I take it easy on the first … Continue reading A Bridge Too Far after crossing the North Sea on a ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland (2018 Days 01-03 London to Coesfeld)