Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings

(#03 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Les Braves D-Day memorial sculpture at Omaha Beach in Vierville-sur-Mer. The metal sculpture was created by the French artist Anilore Banon in 2004 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The sculpture was only intended to be temporary … Continue reading Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings

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On the road to ruin, sorry Rouen, on the same road that hosted the world’s first bicycle race in 1869 and also the world’s first motor car race some 25 years later

(#09 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows two of the cars that competed in the world's first motor car race on Sunday July 22nd in 1894 between Paris and Rouen. It is roughly 125 km from Paris to Rouen and the fastest car that day took almost 7 … Continue reading On the road to ruin, sorry Rouen, on the same road that hosted the world’s first bicycle race in 1869 and also the world’s first motor car race some 25 years later

Cycling 100 km along the frontline of the 1914 Battle of the Marne, which was arguably the biggest and bloodiest battle of all time

(#10 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) Today’s photo shows a memorial plaque at a roundabout in Nanteuil le Haudouin commemorating the Taxi de la Marne and the role they played during the First Battle of the Marne. This battle  in September 1914 was one of the biggest and bloodiest battles in … Continue reading Cycling 100 km along the frontline of the 1914 Battle of the Marne, which was arguably the biggest and bloodiest battle of all time

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

The world’s first gigafactory where wild boar now roam

(#06 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the entrance to the glass and mirror factory in the village of Saint Gobain in northern France. The company of Saint Gobain is probably the biggest company you have never heard off before but if you have a ClimaCoat windscreen in … Continue reading The world’s first gigafactory where wild boar now roam

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

The Champagne region of France still sparkles to this day 300 years after the death of Dom Perignon

(#08 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The above photo shows one of the Moet et Chandon vineyards in Hautvillers in the Champagne region of France. Hautvillers is where Dom Perignon perfected the production of white wine from red grapes around 1690. The techniques Dom Perignon used caused bubbles to form in … Continue reading The Champagne region of France still sparkles to this day 300 years after the death of Dom Perignon

Massive memorials that only cast a shadow in the Somme sunshine

(#10 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Guillemont Road cemetry near the small village of Guillemont in the Somme region of France. It was just one of about 50 cemeteries I passed by today. Most of the soldiers buried here were killed during the Battle of the … Continue reading Massive memorials that only cast a shadow in the Somme sunshine

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 1) – Col de la Traversette

It  was a year ago this week that newspapers around the world reported that the 2,200 year old mystery as to where Hannibal had crossed over the Alps may have been solved. The newspapers printed the results of an investigation by Professor Bill Mahaney of Toronto University and his team into samples of soil taken from … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 1) – Col de la Traversette

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 2) – Col du Clapier / Mont Cenis

Much ink has been spilled over the last 2,000 years in numerous arguments between many historians over the precise route that Hannibal took across the Alps. There have apparently been over 1,000 books published about Hannibal and no two books include the exact same route. The audacity of Hannibal in marching his army of 50,000 … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 2) – Col du Clapier / Mont Cenis

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 3) – Col du Petit Saint Bernard

In my opinion, the most convincing argument for where Hannibal crossed the Alps was published 120 years ago by the American historian, Theodore Ayrualt Dodge, who was convinced that Hannibal used the Petit Saint Bernard pass. Dodge was an American general who fought in the Union army at the Battle of Gettysberg in the American … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 3) – Col du Petit Saint Bernard