Allez Les Bleus – Watching on as both France and Croatia qualify for the World Cup Final (2018 Day 66 Verdun to Sainte Menehould)

Today's featured photo shows Croatian footballer Mario Mandzukic scoring a goal in extra time against England to send Croatia into the World Cup Final. The night before France had beaten Belgium in the other semi-final meaning Croatia would face France in the 2018 World Cup Final in Moscow the following Sunday. Interestingly, both Croatia and … Continue reading Allez Les Bleus – Watching on as both France and Croatia qualify for the World Cup Final (2018 Day 66 Verdun to Sainte Menehould)

Verdun may be eerily quiet nowadays but 100 years after the end of World War 1, this place still sends shivers through all of France (2018 Day 65 Verdun)

Today's featured photo shows the Douaumont cemetery and ossuary at Verdun. The Battle of Verdun lasted from February the 21st to December the 18th in 1916 and was one of the the longest and bloodiest battles in all of World War 1. Both French and German forces suffered around 400,000 casualties with around 150,000 soldiers … Continue reading Verdun may be eerily quiet nowadays but 100 years after the end of World War 1, this place still sends shivers through all of France (2018 Day 65 Verdun)

The village of Schengen in Luxembourg may be small but in the last few years the whole of Europe has learnt of it’s name (2018 Days 63-65 Worth am Rhein to Luxembourg)

Today's featured photo shows a sign for the small village of Schengen on a bridge over the Mosel river in Luxembourg. Schengen is located on the border between France and Luxembourg and only 10 kms or so from the German border. It's location at the crossroads of Europe has meant the town has given it's … Continue reading The village of Schengen in Luxembourg may be small but in the last few years the whole of Europe has learnt of it’s name (2018 Days 63-65 Worth am Rhein to Luxembourg)

Crossing the Rhine to visit the Mercedes Benz truck factory in Worth, the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Day 62 Karlsruhe to Worth am Rhein)

Today's featured photo shows a barge making it's way down the River Rhine near Karlsruhe in Germany. 9 weeks ago, I had started this year's tour by cycling along the Rhine for 200 km in the Netherlands. I had also came across the Rhine a week ago while cycling through Austria. Now here near Karlsruhe, … Continue reading Crossing the Rhine to visit the Mercedes Benz truck factory in Worth, the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Day 62 Karlsruhe to Worth am Rhein)

Porsche is on a mission to build the next generation sports car at it’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen (2018 Day 61 Stuttgart to Karlsruhe)

Today's featured photo show a billboard featuring a prototype electric sports car called the Taycan being built by German car company Porsche. The Taycan will be the first 100% electric vehicle to be built by Porsche and is due to go on sale in 2020. The Taycan was previously known as Mission E and Porsche … Continue reading Porsche is on a mission to build the next generation sports car at it’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen (2018 Day 61 Stuttgart to Karlsruhe)

Over the last 120 years, Mercedes Benz have built millions of petrol and diesel cars in Stuttgart but in 10 years time, might only build electric cars here (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)

Today's featured photo shows a Mercedes Benz GLC 350e hybrid car at the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart. The GLC 350e model comes with a 8.7 kWh battery which is good enough for driving up to 50 km on electric power alone. Mercedes calls it's hybrid technology EQ Power and currently about a dozen models … Continue reading Over the last 120 years, Mercedes Benz have built millions of petrol and diesel cars in Stuttgart but in 10 years time, might only build electric cars here (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)

Following in the footsteps of mythical Irish football fan, Joxer, by touring the Neckar stadium in Stuttgart, 30 years after Euro 88 (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)

Today's featured photo shows the Mercedes Benz Arena in the Cannstatt district of Stuttgart. Back in 1988, this stadium was called the Neckar Stadium and it was here that Ireland played England in the Euro 88 football tournament on June 12th. After 6 minutes, Ray Houghton scored a header and Ireland had to hang on … Continue reading Following in the footsteps of mythical Irish football fan, Joxer, by touring the Neckar stadium in Stuttgart, 30 years after Euro 88 (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)

Cycling from Friedrichshafen, famous for its Zeppelin airships to Stuttgart, famous for its TV tower (2018 Days 58-59 Bregenz to Stuttgart)

Today's featured photo shows a Zeppelin airship flying over Lake Constance in Germany. The Zeppelin airship company was founded by Count von Zeppelin in 1898 in the small German city of Friedrichshafen. The first Zeppelin flight took place over Lake Constance in July 1900, 3 years before the Wright Brothers flew their plane at Kitty … Continue reading Cycling from Friedrichshafen, famous for its Zeppelin airships to Stuttgart, famous for its TV tower (2018 Days 58-59 Bregenz to Stuttgart)

Visiting four countries (Austria, Liechenstein, Switzerland and Germany) in one day (2018 Day 57 Braz to Bregenz)

Today's featured photo shows the A14 motorway in Austria near Bregenz with the Alps in the background. The A14 motorway in Austria is part of E60 road network which runs all the way from Brest in France to Bucherest in Romania and then onto Irkeshtam in China. The E60 motorway passes through about a dozen … Continue reading Visiting four countries (Austria, Liechenstein, Switzerland and Germany) in one day (2018 Day 57 Braz to Bregenz)

Going to Liechenstein in 2018 gave me a good insight as to how the UK’s Brexit saga may unfold in 2021 (2018 Day 57 Liechtenstein)

Today's featured photo shows Vaduz Castle (Sclossvaduz) high in the hills above Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein is one of the richest countries in the world and sometimes referred to as "Monaco in the Alps". The main reason for this wealth was the low tax rate on corporate profits of 12.5%. meaning there are … Continue reading Going to Liechenstein in 2018 gave me a good insight as to how the UK’s Brexit saga may unfold in 2021 (2018 Day 57 Liechtenstein)

After 3 weeks in Italy, it was time to say ‘arrivederci’ to the Dolomites and ‘guten morgen’ to the Austrian Alps (2018 Days 55-56 Prato allo Stelvio to Braz)

Today's featured photo shows a church in the Austrian village of Lafairs with the Austrian Alps in the background. After having climbed the Passo Falzarego (2105m) and the Passo Pordoi (2239m) in the Dolomites in Italy, I was hoping there would be less climbing in Austria. But my hopes were in vain as the climb … Continue reading After 3 weeks in Italy, it was time to say ‘arrivederci’ to the Dolomites and ‘guten morgen’ to the Austrian Alps (2018 Days 55-56 Prato allo Stelvio to Braz)