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)

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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 (2018 Days 08-13 Wolfsburg to 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 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 (2018 Days 08-13 Wolfsburg to Szczecin)

Not only is the VW factory in Wolfsburg the biggest factory in the world but the Autostadt museum beside it, is also one of the most visited theme-parks 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 the Autostadt museum beside it, is also one of the most visited theme-parks in Europe (2018 Day 08 Wolfsburg)

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

The 2018 Tour gets underway with a “Bridge Too Far” in Holland before following the Pied Piper to Hamelin in Germany (2018 Days 01-05 London to Hamelin)

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 . I had originally planned to cycle all … Continue reading The 2018 Tour gets underway with a “Bridge Too Far” in Holland before following the Pied Piper to Hamelin in Germany (2018 Days 01-05 London to Hamelin)