Ireland of a hundred thousand welcomes is now the land of a hundred thousand million reasons to fear a no deal Brexit (2018 Days 76+79 Rosslare and Fermanagh)

Today's featured photo shows a Cead Mile Failte or a Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Ireland sign at Rosslare Harbour. Ireland was after having one of the warmest summers that anyone could ever remember but the morning I arrived back after almost 3 months touring around Europe, it was cool and cloudy. But with only a … Continue reading Ireland of a hundred thousand welcomes is now the land of a hundred thousand million reasons to fear a no deal Brexit (2018 Days 76+79 Rosslare and Fermanagh)

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Crossing the Rhine to visit the Mercedes Benz truck factory in Worth, the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Day 62 Karlsruhe to Worth am Rhein)

Today's featured photo shows a barge making it's way down the River Rhine near Karlsruhe in Germany. 9 weeks ago, I had started this year's tour by cycling along the Rhine for 200 km in the Netherlands. I had also came across the Rhine a week ago while cycling through Austria. Now here near Karlsruhe, … Continue reading Crossing the Rhine to visit the Mercedes Benz truck factory in Worth, the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Day 62 Karlsruhe to Worth am Rhein)

Porsche is on a mission to build the next generation sports car at it’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen (2018 Day 61 Stuttgart to Karlsruhe)

Today's featured photo show a billboard featuring a prototype electric sports car called the Taycan being built by German car company Porsche. The Taycan will be the first 100% electric vehicle to be built by Porsche and is due to go on sale in 2020. The Taycan was previously known as Mission E and Porsche … Continue reading Porsche is on a mission to build the next generation sports car at it’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen (2018 Day 61 Stuttgart to Karlsruhe)

Over the last 120 years, Mercedes Benz have built millions of petrol and diesel cars in Stuttgart but in 10 years time, might only build electric cars here (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)

Today's featured photo shows a Mercedes Benz GLC 350e hybrid car at the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart. The GLC 350e model comes with a 8.7 kWh battery which is good enough for driving up to 50 km on electric power alone. Mercedes calls it's hybrid technology EQ Power and currently about a dozen models … Continue reading Over the last 120 years, Mercedes Benz have built millions of petrol and diesel cars in Stuttgart but in 10 years time, might only build electric cars here (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)

Going to Liechenstein in 2018 gave me a good insight as to how the UK’s Brexit saga may unfold in 2019 (2018 Day 57 Braz to Bregenz)

Today's featured photo shows the A14 motorway in Austria near Bregenz with the Alps in the background. The A14 motorway in Austria is part of E60 road network which runs all the way from Brest in France to Bucherest in Romania and then onto Irkeshtam in China. The E60 motorway passes through about a dozen … Continue reading Going to Liechenstein in 2018 gave me a good insight as to how the UK’s Brexit saga may unfold in 2019 (2018 Day 57 Braz to Bregenz)

BMW have just had a record year but they will need to up their game big time to avoid being overtaken by their rivals (2018 Day 24 Munich)

Today's featured photo shows BMW's famous cylinder shaped global headquarters building which is as much a symbol of Munich as the Eifel Tower in Paris. BMW has been based here in Munich since 1922 and last year, achieved record profits and sales. In 2017, the company sold over 2 million vehicles for the first time … Continue reading BMW have just had a record year but they will need to up their game big time to avoid being overtaken by their rivals (2018 Day 24 Munich)

Audi’s car factory in Ingolstadt may not be as big as VW’s in Wolfsburg but it is even more impressive and what Audi are planning here is really audacious (2018 Day 24 Ingolstadt)

Today's featured photo shows the Audi museum opposite the company's headquarters in Ingolstadt in Bavaria. Audi have been based in Ingolstadt since 1949 and in 2000 opened this stylish museum to showcase their heritage. The Audi museum features about 50 current models and 50 historic models dating all the way back to 1899 when Audi … Continue reading Audi’s car factory in Ingolstadt may not be as big as VW’s in Wolfsburg but it is even more impressive and what Audi are planning here is really audacious (2018 Day 24 Ingolstadt)

A wake up call for the German car industry at the VW Transparent factory in Dresden (2018 Days 17-18 Wittenberg to Dresden)

Today's featured photo shows a Tesla Model S electric car charging at a charging station in Dresden. But this is no ordinary charging station as this station is located beside the Volkswagen Transparent car factory, where VW build an electric version of their Golf hatchback, which they call the E-Golf. But the fact there were … Continue reading A wake up call for the German car industry at the VW Transparent factory in Dresden (2018 Days 17-18 Wittenberg to Dresden)

Not only is the VW factory in Wolfsburg the biggest factory in the world but VW’s Autostadt is also one of the most visited museums in Europe (2018 Day 08 Wolfsburg)

Today's featured photo shows the world famous Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg.  VW is now one of the world's biggest car manufacturers in the world but it's worldwide headquarters are still based in the small city of Wolfsburg, where the company was founded in 1938. The VW factory complex in Wolfsburg is apparently the largest factory in the … Continue reading Not only is the VW factory in Wolfsburg the biggest factory in the world but VW’s Autostadt is also one of the most visited museums in Europe (2018 Day 08 Wolfsburg)

In March 2019, the sun will rise on Brexit Day but what will become of the border in Northern Ireland (Dublin to Donegal 2017 Days 112-113)

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 In March 2019, the sun will rise on Brexit Day but what will become of the border in Northern Ireland (Dublin to Donegal 2017 Days 112-113)

Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil (Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier 2017 Days 93-95)

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 Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil (Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier 2017 Days 93-95)

Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville

(#02 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Irish football team's manager Mick McCarthy and Irish captain Roy Keane at a training session in Saipan, a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Ireland had gone to Saipan to acclimatize before flying onto Japan and South Korea for the … Continue reading Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville