2018 Tour de Travoy menu : 1) Starter – London to Berlin, 2) Main course – Iron Curtain trail, 3) Dessert – Dolomites in Italy

The main aim of the 2018 Tour de Travoy is to cycle along the Iron Curtain which for most of the 20th Century formed a barrier between between Western and Eastern Europe. The term "Iron Curtain" was first popularized by the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a speech he delivered in the USA … Continue reading 2018 Tour de Travoy menu : 1) Starter – London to Berlin, 2) Main course – Iron Curtain trail, 3) Dessert – Dolomites in Italy

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Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 1.5) – Col de la Traversette (updated)

15 months ago,  I wrote an extensive article about whether Hannibal may have crossed over the Col de la Traversette in 218 BC on his way to attack the Roman army in Italy. It was based on considerable coverage in the world's media during April 2016 of the results of core samples taken by Professor … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 1.5) – Col de la Traversette (updated)

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 2.5) – Col de Montgenevre

Last year, I wrote how there have been over 1,000 books published about Hannibal and how in almost every book, there is a different route for Hannibal's crossing of the Alps. That is a slight exaggeration but there certainly has been several hundred books published about Hannibal over the last 2,000 years. Last year, I … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 2.5) – Col de Montgenevre

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 3.5) – Col du Petit Saint Bernard (updated)

I wrote last year, that in my opinion, the most convincing argument for where Hannibal crossed the Alps was published 130 years ago by the American historian, Theodore Ayrualt Dodge, who was convinced that Hannibal used the Petit Saint Bernard pass. Theodore Dodge was an American military historian and his book about Hannibal's life is … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 3.5) – Col du Petit Saint Bernard (updated)

Dublin to Donegal – In exactly a year’s time, the sun will rise on Brexit Day but what will become of the border in Northern Ireland

August 28th – 29th 2017 (Days 112 -113) Today's featured photo shows the sun rising over farmland near Ashbourne in County Meath. I had set off from Dublin in the pitch dark and had cycled almost 50 km before the sun started to rise. The earliest I had ever set off before on this year's tour … Continue reading Dublin to Donegal – In exactly a year’s time, the sun will rise on Brexit Day but what will become of the border in Northern Ireland

Rosslare to Dublin – Despite the wind and rain, it was great to be back in Ireland after over 3 months away

August 24th – 27th 2017 (Days 108 – 111) Today's featured photo shows the sign welcoming you to Rosslare Harbour in Wexford. Cead mile failte is an Irish saying that means a hundred thousand welcomes and after 3 and a half months away from Ireland, it was great to see the sign for Rosslare Harbour … Continue reading Rosslare to Dublin – Despite the wind and rain, it was great to be back in Ireland after over 3 months away

Bayeux to Cherbourg – Reflecting on Normandy’s history and rich tapestry before getting the ferry to Ireland

August 22nd – 23rd 2017 (Days 106 – 107) Today's featured photo shows the first borne or milestone for the Liberty Road opposite the Hotel de Ville in Saint Mere Eglise. The Liberty Road starts here and travels for 1146 km across northern France all the way to Bastogne in Belgium following the route taken … Continue reading Bayeux to Cherbourg – Reflecting on Normandy’s history and rich tapestry before getting the ferry to Ireland

Paris to Bayeaux – Passing by the Arc de Triomphe where, a month earlier, Mark Beaumont had set off on his record breaking world cycle

August 19th – 21st 2017 (Days 103 – 105) Today's featured image shows the Arc de Triomphe in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. It was from here in July 2015 that I set out on the first Tour de Travoy and in the years since, I have cycled about 10.000 km with … Continue reading Paris to Bayeaux – Passing by the Arc de Triomphe where, a month earlier, Mark Beaumont had set off on his record breaking world cycle

Troyes to Paris – Going around in circles trying to find a tyre in Troyes and a hotel in Montmatre

August 15th - 18th 2017 (Days 99 - 102) Today's featured photo shows the Sacre Couer basilica in Montmatre in Paris. After completing the Route des Grandes Alpes in 3 weeks and 3 days, it had taken me another week to cycle from Lake Geneva to Troyes, just 150 km from Paris. But after suffering … Continue reading Troyes to Paris – Going around in circles trying to find a tyre in Troyes and a hotel in Montmatre

Lons le Saunier to Troyes ~ From the foot of the Alps to the outskirts of Paris in 3 days

August 12th – 14th 2017 (Days 96 – 98) Today's featured photo shows a sign on the outskirts of Chatillon sur Seine saying 224 km to Paris. I had already cycled about 250 km the previous 2 days since leaving the Alps behind at Lons le Saunier but this sign was the first sign I … Continue reading Lons le Saunier to Troyes ~ From the foot of the Alps to the outskirts of Paris in 3 days

Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier ~ Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil

August 09th – 11th 2017 (Days 93 – 95) The photo of the day shows the famous water jet in Lake Geneva with Geneva itself in the background. Geneva is home to the headquarters of many international organisations such as the Red Cross and the European headquarters of the United Nations. But following the Brexit … Continue reading Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier ~ Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil