Only just make it to Normandy in time to see the Tour de France on Bastille Day (2018 Days 69 Les Andeleys)

Today's featured photo shows the peloton cycling through the small town of Les Andeleys in Normandy during Stage 8 of the 2018 Tour de France. The Tour de France had started a week earlier and the professional cyclists had already cycled about 1000 km by the time they got to Normandy on Bastille Day. I … Continue reading Only just make it to Normandy in time to see the Tour de France on Bastille Day (2018 Days 69 Les Andeleys)

Cycling through the Pas de Calais region which in 2017 voted for Marine Le Pen more than any other region in France (2018 Day 68 Compiegne to Henneville))

Today's featured photo shows the results of the first round of the French Presidential Election in 2002 compared to¬† 2017. In 2002, Jacques Chirac (blue) with 19% of the total vote beat Jean-Marie Le Pen (grey) with 16% of the total vote. In 2017, Emmanuel Macron (yellow) with 24% of the total vote beat Jean-Marie's … Continue reading Cycling through the Pas de Calais region which in 2017 voted for Marine Le Pen more than any other region in France (2018 Day 68 Compiegne to Henneville))

Cycling through the Aisne to a forest near Compiegne where the Armistice to end World War 1 was signed (2018 Day 68 Reims to Compiegne)

Today's featured photo shows the Armistice Memorial museum in the forest of Compiegne where the Armistice was signed to end World War 1 in 1918. Inside the museum, there is a replica of the train carriage where the Armistice was signed at 5 o'clock in the morning of November the 11th 1918. The Armistice was … Continue reading Cycling through the Aisne to a forest near Compiegne where the Armistice to end World War 1 was signed (2018 Day 68 Reims to Compiegne)

Cycling through the Marne to Reims where the armistice to end World War 2 was signed (2018 Day 67 Reims)

Today's featured photo shows the Musee de la Reddition in Reims where the German Army officially surrendered to the Allies in World War 2 on May 7th 1945. This former school was the headquarters of Dwight Eisenhower, the commander of the US forces¬† and it was here that a German delegation led by Alfred Jodl … Continue reading Cycling through the Marne to Reims where the armistice to end World War 2 was signed (2018 Day 67 Reims)

En route to Valmy where the newly formed French Revolutionary Army won their first battle in 1792 (2018 Day 67 Valmy)

Today's featured photo shows the cut-out of a French soldier from the Battle of Valmy which took place in 1792 between French and German armies. It was the first of five wars that would break out between France and Germany over the next 250 years. The Battle of Valmy was relatively minor and all over … Continue reading En route to Valmy where the newly formed French Revolutionary Army won their first battle in 1792 (2018 Day 67 Valmy)