Visiting the site of the Irish Red Cross hospital in Saint Lo where Samuel Beckett once worked before getting the ferry back to Ireland (2019 Days 63-68 Falaise to Dublin)

Roughly two months after arriving in Normandy to begin the European leg of the 2019 Tour de Travoy,, I was overjoyed to make it back to Normandy in plenty of time to get the ferry back to Ireland. On my way back to Cherbourg, I even had time to take a small de-tour to Saint … Continue reading Visiting the site of the Irish Red Cross hospital in Saint Lo where Samuel Beckett once worked before getting the ferry back to Ireland (2019 Days 63-68 Falaise to Dublin)

24 Hours in Le Mans before cycling to Mont Ormel where the Battle of Normandy ended exactly 75 years ago (2019 Days 60-62 Amboise to Falaise)

It was perhaps fitting that 24 days after leaving Rome, I arrived in the French city of Le Mans, which is famous for its 24 Hour Race. From Le Mans, I then made my way to Mont Ormel where the Battle for Normandy finished in August 1944. Completely by chance, my visit coincided with celebrations … Continue reading 24 Hours in Le Mans before cycling to Mont Ormel where the Battle of Normandy ended exactly 75 years ago (2019 Days 60-62 Amboise to Falaise)

Veni, Vidi, daVinci – Leonardo’s journey from Rome to Amboise in 1516 – (Part 3) Geneva to Amboise

It is known that Leonardo da Vinci left Rome on August 12th 1516 and that he arrived in Amboise almost 3 months later on October 28th but where he went in between has been the subject of speculation ever since. Also fascinating is the fact that Leonardo, who made thousands of sketches during his lifetime … Continue reading Veni, Vidi, daVinci – Leonardo’s journey from Rome to Amboise in 1516 – (Part 3) Geneva to Amboise

Veni, Vidi, daVinci – Leonardo’s journey from Rome to Amboise in 1516 – (Part 2) Milan to Geneva

In Part 1 of this 3 Part series looking at Leonardo da Vinci's journey from Rome to Amboise in 1516, I determined that Leonardo and his entourage probably left Milan around about September 25th but where they went next has been a mystery for the last 500 years. Thousands of books have been written about … Continue reading Veni, Vidi, daVinci – Leonardo’s journey from Rome to Amboise in 1516 – (Part 2) Milan to Geneva

Veni, Vidi, daVinci – Leonardo’s journey from Rome to Amboise in 1516 – (Part 1) Rome to Milan

In 1516, Leonardo da Vinci set off from Rome with three assistants and at least one guide and traveled for over 1500 km all the way to Amboise in northern France. It would take Leonardo and his entourage three months to make it to Amboise travelling most of the way on horseback. Leonardo took a … Continue reading Veni, Vidi, daVinci – Leonardo’s journey from Rome to Amboise in 1516 – (Part 1) Rome to Milan

Cycling to Amboise on the River Loire, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last few years of his life (2019 Day 59 Chambord to Amboise)

In 1516, Leonardo da Vinci set off from Rome with a few assistants and traveled for over 1500 km to Amboise in northern France. Leonardo had been invited to France by King Francis 1 and offered a generous pension and lavish accommodation at the Chateau Clos Luce in Amboise. Leonardo would end up spending the … Continue reading Cycling to Amboise on the River Loire, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last few years of his life (2019 Day 59 Chambord to Amboise)

Racing from the foot of the French Alps to the Formula One circuit in Magny Cours (2019 Days 55-58 Culoz to Chambord)

Today's featured photo show the Saone river at Macon in France. The Saone river may not be as famous as the Loire or Seine rivers but it is some sight especially at Macon about 50 km north of Lyon where the Saone river flows into the Rhone. I passed over the Saone in August when … Continue reading Racing from the foot of the French Alps to the Formula One circuit in Magny Cours (2019 Days 55-58 Culoz to Chambord)

Col du Grand Colombier – A grand day for climbing arguably the most scenic climb in France (2019 Day 55 Culoz)

Today's featured photo shows the spectacular view of the River Rhine from halfway up the climb of the Col du Grand Colombier. Also in the photo is the Lac du Bourget which is the largest lake in France. Surprisingly, the Rhone does not flow into the Lac du Bourget but around it instead though a … Continue reading Col du Grand Colombier – A grand day for climbing arguably the most scenic climb in France (2019 Day 55 Culoz)

Mont du Chat – Climbing the Mont du Chat was scary but coming down it was even scarier (2019 Day 53 Yenne)

Today's featured photo shows the Mont du Chat towering over the Lac du Bourget. The photo above was taken in 2016 from Aix les Bains but because the gears on my bike were broke, I didn't get the chance to climb it that year. But when I returned to the Chatreuse in 2019, I was … Continue reading Mont du Chat – Climbing the Mont du Chat was scary but coming down it was even scarier (2019 Day 53 Yenne)

Where was Hannibal ambushed on his first day in the Alps – (Part 1) Col de Couz

One of the main aims of the 2019 Tour de Travoy was to visit a number of locations where Hannibal may have been ambushed on his first day in the Alps in 218 BC. Most historians up until now have concentrated on the view of Italy from the summit of the main pass Hannibal’s army … Continue reading Where was Hannibal ambushed on his first day in the Alps – (Part 1) Col de Couz

Where was Hannibal ambushed on his first day in the Alps – (Part 2) Col du Chat

In Part 1 of this 2-part article, I considered if Hannibal was ambushed at the Col de Couz as promoted by local archaeologist, Aime Bocquet. Interestingly, the American historian Theodore Ayrault Dodge also did consider that Hannibal may have taken this route through Les Echelles and over the Col de Couz before dismissing it as … Continue reading Where was Hannibal ambushed on his first day in the Alps – (Part 2) Col du Chat

To Savoy with Travoy for the fifth time in 5 years (2019 Days 52-54 Grenoble to Culoz)

Today's featured photo shows the Lac du Bourget in the Savoy region of France with the mountains of the Chartreuse in the distance. The Savoy region is famous for its mountains and is the the location for some of the toughest climbs anywhere in the world The region features almost every year in the Tour … Continue reading To Savoy with Travoy for the fifth time in 5 years (2019 Days 52-54 Grenoble to Culoz)