Cycling through Belgium to the site of the Battle of Waterloo before going to the site of many a modern day battle at the EU Parliament building in Brussels (2019 Days 12-16 Tournai to Brussels)

Today's featured photo shows the Lion Mound at the site of the Battle of Waterloo, 10 km south of Brussels. The Battle of Waterloo in 1815 was one of the most famous battles ever and Napoleon's defeat here changed the future of Europe in the 19th century. So perhaps it is fitting that the future … Continue reading Cycling through Belgium to the site of the Battle of Waterloo before going to the site of many a modern day battle at the EU Parliament building in Brussels (2019 Days 12-16 Tournai to Brussels)

A summary of the 2018 Tour – From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has vanished from across the Continent

The main aim of the 2018 Tour de Travoy was to cycle the length of the Iron Curtain from the Baltic Sea in Poland to the Adriatic Sea in Italy. After completing the Iron Curtain, the plan was then to cross the Italian Alps to Stuttgart in Germany before going to Normandy in time to … Continue reading A summary of the 2018 Tour – From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has vanished from across the Continent

After 79 days, the 2018 Tour de Travoy comes to an end with a 450 km spin from one end of Ireland to another (2018 Days 76-79 Rosslare to Donegal)

Today's featured photo shows some graffiti sprayed on a road in County Wicklow. The writing says "Keep Her Lit" which is an Irish expression which means "Keep Going".  The graffiti was almost certainly left over from an Irish charity cycling event called the Leinster Loop which took place on this road about a month earlier. … Continue reading After 79 days, the 2018 Tour de Travoy comes to an end with a 450 km spin from one end of Ireland to another (2018 Days 76-79 Rosslare to Donegal)

Ireland of a hundred thousand welcomes is now the land of a hundred thousand reasons to fear a no deal Brexit (2018 Day 79 Monaghan 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 reasons to fear a no deal Brexit (2018 Day 79 Monaghan and Fermanagh)

Visiting the Juno Beach and Utah Beach D-Day museums in Normandy before getting the ferry back to Ireland (2018 Days 71-75 Courseilles sur Mer to Cherbourg)

Today's featured photo shows the sun setting over the beach at Arromanches les Bains in Normandy. The village here is famous as the location for an artificial harbour built by the Allies after D-Day and sections of the Muberry harbour lie dotted along the beach to this day. I had been here in 2016 but … Continue reading Visiting the Juno Beach and Utah Beach D-Day museums in Normandy before getting the ferry back to Ireland (2018 Days 71-75 Courseilles sur Mer to Cherbourg)

Quite a crowd on the Sword D-Day beach in Normandy and quite a crowd in Paris as well to welcome home the World Cup winning French team (2018 Day 71 Cabourg to Courseilles sur Mer)

Today's photo shows a beach near Ouistreham crowded with holidaymakers. This is no ordinary beach for this was one of the 5 D-day beaches and was code-named Sword Beach in June 1944. I estimate there is roughly 1000 people spread out along the beach in the above photo but on D-Day around 28,000 soldiers and … Continue reading Quite a crowd on the Sword D-Day beach in Normandy and quite a crowd in Paris as well to welcome home the World Cup winning French team (2018 Day 71 Cabourg to Courseilles sur Mer)

Sacre blue, deja blue as France win the World Cup for the second time (2018 Day 70 Cabourg)

Today's featured photo shows the headline in the Daily Mirror the day after France had won the World Cup for the second time in history. I had been in Slovenia when France kicked off their 2018 campaign with a 2-1 victory over Australia. I watched the end off that game on an outdoor screen at … Continue reading Sacre blue, deja blue as France win the World Cup for the second time (2018 Day 70 Cabourg)

Only just make it to Normandy in time to see the Tour de France on Bastille Day (2018 Days 69 Les Andeleys)

Today's featured photo shows the peloton cycling through the small town of Les Andeleys in Normandy during Stage 8 of the 2018 Tour de France. The Tour de France had started a week earlier and the professional cyclists had already cycled about 1000 km by the time they got to Normandy on Bastille Day. I … Continue reading Only just make it to Normandy in time to see the Tour de France on Bastille Day (2018 Days 69 Les Andeleys)

Cycling through the Pas de Calais region which in 2017 voted for Marine Le Pen more than any other region in France (2018 Day 68 Compiegne to Henneville))

Today's featured photo shows the results of the first round of the French Presidential Election in 2002 compared to  2017. In 2002, Jacques Chirac (blue) with 19% of the total vote beat Jean-Marie Le Pen (grey) with 16% of the total vote. In 2017, Emmanuel Macron (yellow) with 24% of the total vote beat Jean-Marie's … Continue reading Cycling through the Pas de Calais region which in 2017 voted for Marine Le Pen more than any other region in France (2018 Day 68 Compiegne to Henneville))

Cycling through the Aisne to a forest near Compiegne where the Armistice to end World War 1 was signed (2018 Day 68 Reims to Compiegne)

Today's featured photo shows the Armistice Memorial museum in the forest of Compiegne where the Armistice was signed to end World War 1 in 1918. Inside the museum, there is a replica of the train carriage where the Armistice was signed at 5 o'clock in the morning of November the 11th 1918. The Armistice was … Continue reading Cycling through the Aisne to a forest near Compiegne where the Armistice to end World War 1 was signed (2018 Day 68 Reims to Compiegne)