From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

Today's featured photo shows the Pan European Picnic Park near Sopron in north-western Hungary. You might not think it looking at the photo above but it was here that the first crack in the Iron Curtain occurred in 1989. On Sunday the 19th August 1989, a picnic was organised here by the Hungarian and Austrian … Continue reading From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

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Meandering through Bohemia and the Czech Republic before following the Danube through Austria to Vienna (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Vienna)

Today's featured photo shows the River Danube gently flowing past the German city of Passau. I crossed over the mighty Danube here at Passau on my way to České Budějovice and would later cross over it again on my way to Vienna. I have crossed over bigger rivers such as the Seine at Le Havre … Continue reading Meandering through Bohemia and the Czech Republic before following the Danube through Austria to Vienna (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Vienna)

East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but remnants of it’s past can still be seen here and there (2018 Days 19-23 Dresden to Nuremburg)

Today's featured photo shows the old border crossing between East and West Germany at Modlareuth in Bavaria. Modlareuth was nicknamed "Little Berlin" because for 45 years, this small village was divided in 2 by the Iron Curtain. Hundreds of soldiers were stationed here guarding this small corner of East Germany but that all changed in … Continue reading East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but remnants of it’s past can still be seen here and there (2018 Days 19-23 Dresden to Nuremburg)

A wake up call for the German car industry at the VW Transparent factory in Dresden (2018 Days 16-18 Berlin 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 16-18 Berlin to Dresden)

Germany’s capital has been so utterly transformed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is now little trace of 45 years of communist rule to be seen anywhere in East Berlin (2018 Days 14-15 Berlin)

Today's featured photo shows a billboard which displays an image taken in the late Eighties of groups of tourists standing on a viewing platform to see over the Berlin Wall. The billboard is located in a small square not far from Checkpoint Charlie. The exact location where the photo was taken is not specified but … Continue reading Germany’s capital has been so utterly transformed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is now little trace of 45 years of communist rule to be seen anywhere in East Berlin (2018 Days 14-15 Berlin)

30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but crossing into Poland is like going back in time (2018 Days 08-13 Wolfsburg to Szczecin)

Today's featured photo shows graffiti on a wharf at the Polish port of Szczecin on the Baltic Sea. Szczecin has only been part of Poland for the last 70 years and for most of it's history, it was part of Germany and called Stettin. Indeed, Winston Churchill famously name-checked Stettin in his historic Iron Curtain … Continue reading 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, East Germany is nowadays no different to West Germany but crossing into Poland is like going back in time (2018 Days 08-13 Wolfsburg to Szczecin)

For 45 years, vehicles crossing from West Germany to East Germany were stopped here by Stasi officers, but the East German border nowadays is a lot less terrifying (2018 Days 06-07 Hamelin to Wolfsburg)

Today's featured photo shows the interrogation room at the East German border  on the A2 motorway near Marienborn. The A2 autobahn goes from Hamburg in West Germany to Berlin in East Germany and crossed from West to East first at Checkpoint Alpha near Helmstedt and then at the East German border crossing shown above near Marienborn … Continue reading For 45 years, vehicles crossing from West Germany to East Germany were stopped here by Stasi officers, but the East German border nowadays is a lot less terrifying (2018 Days 06-07 Hamelin to Wolfsburg)

Top 10 highlights from the 2017 Tour de Travoy

In a few weeks time, I am hoping to publish details of the 2018 Tour de Travoy but in the meantime, here are some highlights from last year's Tour de Travoy. #1 Climbing Mont Ventoux from Sault. Mont Ventoux is a super, super climb past lavender fields to start with, then pine forests and finally … Continue reading Top 10 highlights from the 2017 Tour de Travoy

Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes (Saint Jean de Sixt to Thonon les Bains 2017 Days 90-92)

August 6th – 8th 2017 (Days 90 – 92) Today's photo shows hundreds of boats in the marina in Thonon les Bains beside Lake Geneva. The Route des Grandes Alpes finishes in Thonon les Bains but as to where it ends exactly I wasn't too sure off. The Route starts at the Casino in Menton … Continue reading Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes (Saint Jean de Sixt to Thonon les Bains 2017 Days 90-92)

There are lots of incredible sights on the Route des Grandes Alpes but few are as impressive as Mont Blanc (Bourg Saint Maurice to Saint Jean de Sixt 2017 Days 87-89)

August 4th – 5th 2017 (Days 88 – 89) Today's photo of the day shows Mont Blanc as viewed from the road up to the Col des Saisies near the small mountain village of Hauteluce. At 4,808m in altitude, it is the highest mountain in Europe and it really dominates this part of the Alps. … Continue reading There are lots of incredible sights on the Route des Grandes Alpes but few are as impressive as Mont Blanc (Bourg Saint Maurice to Saint Jean de Sixt 2017 Days 87-89)

Milestone day as I reach the highest ever point and also experience the longest ever descent on the Tour de Travoy (Lanslebourg to Bourg Saint Maurice 2017 Day 84)

July 31st 2017 (Day 84) Today's photo shows me and Travoy at the summit of the Col de l'Iseran. At 2,770m, it is the highest pass in Europe and the highest that I have ever been on a bike with or without Travoy. The climb up to the Iseran is not as dangerous as the … Continue reading Milestone day as I reach the highest ever point and also experience the longest ever descent on the Tour de Travoy (Lanslebourg to Bourg Saint Maurice 2017 Day 84)

On Hannibal’s trail along the Route des Grandes Alpes (Valloire to Lanslebourg 2017 Days 79-83)

July 26th – 30th 2017 (Days 79 – 83) The photo above shows the Hannibal statue near the small town of Bramans. The statue depicts Hannibal and his army of 30,000 men and 30 elephants going through Bramans on their way to Italy via the Col du Clapier. The statue is incredible to see in … Continue reading On Hannibal’s trail along the Route des Grandes Alpes (Valloire to Lanslebourg 2017 Days 79-83)