Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes watching Belgian TV’s coverage of Ireland against Belgium at Euro 2016

(#07 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) Having played well in their first game in Euro 2016 against Sweden, Ireland were confident going into their second game against Belgium. Alas that confidence was mis-placed and Belgium ran riot in the 2nd half scoring 3 goals without reply. I had gone to Belgium partly to gauge how much interest there was in Belgium … Continue reading Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes watching Belgian TV’s coverage of Ireland against Belgium at Euro 2016

The Irish Peace Park memorial symbolises hope among the hops in the Fields of Flanders

(#04 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows a stone round-tower in the Island of Ireland Peace Park near Messines/Mesen in Belgium. The centerpiece of the Peace Park is a 34 m tall round tower, which was built with stone from a former British Army barracks in Tipperary and from a work-house outside Mullingar in Ireland. The tower was inaugurated on 11 … Continue reading The Irish Peace Park memorial symbolises hope among the hops in the Fields of Flanders

Reading about Ypres in World War 1 in Geert Mak’s book “In Europe” while actually in Ypres

(#07 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the city of Ypres in Belgium shortly after World War 1 had ended in 1918. No other city on either the Eastern or the Western front suffered as much damage and destruction during World War 1 as Ypres. Many nearby cities such as Ostend, Bruges and Lille survived the war with … Continue reading Reading about Ypres in World War 1 in Geert Mak’s book “In Europe” while actually in Ypres

2016-06-19 (Day 03) Arlon – Basel

Today’s photo shows an Euro 2016 related ad for McDonalds on a platform at Nancy train station. I was at Nancy after getting off a train from Luxembourg and was looking at the ad while waiting for the train for Strasbourg to leave. The writing beside the ad says “Come as you are”. The day before Belgium had beaten Ireland 3 – 0  so I … Continue reading 2016-06-19 (Day 03) Arlon – Basel

2015-06-17 (Day 01) London – Arlon

Today’s photo shows St. Pancreas train station as the traffic streams past on a cloudy Friday morning in London. The clock-face on the tower showed 07.10 so I had plenty of time to catch my train at 08.55.  2 days previously, I had booked the Eurostar from London St. Pancreas to Brussels Midi so after almost a week in Enfield, the Tour de Travoy finally … Continue reading 2015-06-17 (Day 01) London – Arlon