Flight of the Earls (Part 5E) – Following the Earls to the Devil’s Bridge where they lost most of their money on Saint Patrick’s Day 1608 before crossing over the Alps via the Saint Gotthard Pass

The Earls had already crossed over the Vosges mountain range in France but were now about to attempt their toughest challenge of their expedition so far. They had climbed to around 900m when crossing over the Col de la Bonhomme in the Vosges but to cross over the Alps via the Saint Gotthard Pass they … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 5E) – Following the Earls to the Devil’s Bridge where they lost most of their money on Saint Patrick’s Day 1608 before crossing over the Alps via the Saint Gotthard Pass

Cycling along the River Rhine to Switzerland before crossing over the Jura Alps to Lake Lucerne (2019 Days 24-26 Colmar to Fluelin)

Today's featured photo show the Schiller paddle steamer on Lake Lucerne in the centre of Switzerland. The Schiller paddle steamer was built in 1906 and has space for 900 passengers. It is owned by the Swiss ferry company SVG and it is one of 5 historic paddle steamers that operate on Lake Lucerne to this … Continue reading Cycling along the River Rhine to Switzerland before crossing over the Jura Alps to Lake Lucerne (2019 Days 24-26 Colmar to Fluelin)

Flight of the Earls (Part 5D) – Following the Earls as they cross into Switzerland at Basel before making their way to Lake Lucerne

Only 2 weeks after leaving Leuven, the Earls were now almost in Switzerland. Most cantons in Switzerland had turned Protestant during the Reformation so the Earls would have been concerned as they approached the border. But they needn't have been alarmed as the Swiss were well used to large groups of travelers passing through their … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 5D) – Following the Earls as they cross into Switzerland at Basel before making their way to Lake Lucerne

Cycling from Belgium to Lorraine before arriving in Alsace in time for Stage 5 of the 2019 Tour de France (2019 Days 19-23 Bastogne to Colmar)

Having made it to Belgium, my original plan was to stay there for the opening stages of the Tour de France. But I was already 3 days ahead of schedule which meant I had 4 days to wait for the opening stage on Saturday July 6th in Brussels. Instead, I worked out I had time … Continue reading Cycling from Belgium to Lorraine before arriving in Alsace in time for Stage 5 of the 2019 Tour de France (2019 Days 19-23 Bastogne to Colmar)

Flight of the Earls (Part 5C) – Following the Earls as they make their way from Nancy over the Vosges mountains to Colmar in the Alsace region of France

The Earls only stayed one night in Nancy perhaps trying to take advantage of the god weather that week in Lorraine to push on towards Alsace and then Switzerland. After leaving Nancy, the Earls traveled every day and did not stop to spend 2 nights in the same place until they had arrived in Milan. … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 5C) – Following the Earls as they make their way from Nancy over the Vosges mountains to Colmar in the Alsace region of France

Flight of the Earls (Part 5.2) – Following the Earls from Bastogne to Nancy where they get to dine with the Duke of Lorraine

From Bastogne, the Earls could have traveled south via Luxembourg and Metz, both cities that were predominately Catholic and therefore, technically allies of the Spanish Netherlands. But for some reason, the instead chose a much hillier route via Longwy and Filieres in the Duchy of Lorraine.. This almost certainly was because the territory around Metz … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 5.2) – Following the Earls from Bastogne to Nancy where they get to dine with the Duke of Lorraine

Cycling through the Ardennes to Bastogne where the Battle of the Bulge took place in 1944 (Days 16 -18 Brussels to Bastogne)

Today's featured photo shows a US Army¬† tank on a plinth in Place General McAuliffe in Bastogne city centre. This Sherman tank was just one of hundreds that fought against the German Army during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. The main aim of the German attack was to capture Brussels and Antwerp … Continue reading Cycling through the Ardennes to Bastogne where the Battle of the Bulge took place in 1944 (Days 16 -18 Brussels to Bastogne)

Flight of the Earls (Part 5A) – Following the Earls through the Ardennes from Leuven to Bastogne after they reluctantly agree to go to Rome

After returning from their trip to Antwerp. the Earls would spend another 2 weeks in Leuven before then setting out for Rome. It is clear from the letters the Earls wrote to Madrid in December 1607 that the Earls did not feel welcome in the Spanish Netherlands perhaps because their presence jeopardized the peace negotiations … Continue reading Flight of the Earls (Part 5A) – Following the Earls through the Ardennes from Leuven to Bastogne after they reluctantly agree to go to Rome