Rest and recuperation in Munich as I meet up with relatives before resuming my journey through Bavaria to the Austrian border (2018 Days 25-28 Munich to Passau)

Today's featured photo shows my sister Karen and her daughter Aoibheann trying to run me over on 2 motorbikes outside the BMW World museum in Munich. They had flown in from Dublin for a weekend break in Germany's third largest city. It was great to meet up with them and get a rest for a … Continue reading Rest and recuperation in Munich as I meet up with relatives before resuming my journey through Bavaria to the Austrian border (2018 Days 25-28 Munich to Passau)

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

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 (Munich 2018 Day 24)

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 (Ingolstadt 2018 Day 24)

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 (Ingolstadt 2018 Day 24)

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

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 (Dresden to Nuremburg 2018 Days 19-23)

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

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 (Berlin to Dresden 2018 Days 16-18)

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 (Berlin 2018 Days 14-15)

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 (Berlin 2018 Days 14-15)

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 (Wolfsburg to Szczecin 2018 Days 08-13)

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 (Wolfsburg to Szczecin 2018 Days 08-13)

Not only is the VW factory in Wolfsburg the biggest factory in the world but the Autostadt museum beside it, is also one of the most visited theme-parks in Europe (Wolfsburg 2018 Day 08)

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 the Autostadt museum beside it, is also one of the most visited theme-parks in Europe (Wolfsburg 2018 Day 08)

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

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

On the trail of the Pied Piper from England to Germany (London to Hamelin 2018 Days 01-05)

Today's featured photo shows the Stena Hollandica ferry docked at the port in the Hook of Holland. The first part of the 2018 Tour de Travoy was to cycle from England to Poland and to cross over the North Sea by getting the overnight ferry from Harwich to Holland . I had originally planned to cycle all … Continue reading On the trail of the Pied Piper from England to Germany (London to Hamelin 2018 Days 01-05)

2018 Tour de Travoy menu : 1) Starter – London to Berlin, 2) Main course – Iron Curtain trail, 3) Dessert – Dolomites in Italy

The main aim of the 2018 Tour de Travoy is to cycle along the Iron Curtain which for most of the 20th Century formed a barrier between between Western and Eastern Europe. The term "Iron Curtain" was first popularized by the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a speech he delivered in the USA … Continue reading 2018 Tour de Travoy menu : 1) Starter – London to Berlin, 2) Main course – Iron Curtain trail, 3) Dessert – Dolomites in Italy

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)