Visiting four countries (Austria, Liechenstein, Switzerland and Germany) in one day (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 Visiting four countries (Austria, Liechenstein, Switzerland and Germany) in one day (2018 Day 57 Braz to Bregenz)

After 3 weeks in Italy, it was time to say ‘arrivederci’ to the Dolomites and ‘guten morgen’ to the Austrian Alps (2018 Days 55-56 Prato allo Stelvio to Braz)

Today's featured photo shows a church in the Austrian village of Lafairs with the Austrian Alps in the background. After having climbed the Passo Falzarego (2105m) and the Passo Pordoi (2239m) in the Dolomites in Italy, I was hoping there would be less climbing in Austria. But my hopes were in vain as the climb … Continue reading After 3 weeks in Italy, it was time to say ‘arrivederci’ to the Dolomites and ‘guten morgen’ to the Austrian Alps (2018 Days 55-56 Prato allo Stelvio to Braz)

For hundreds of years, Austria and Hungary were joined at the hip in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire but now they are miles apart (2018 Days 38-40 Sopron to Maribor)

Today's featured photo shows two Trabants parked up on the side of the road near Sopron in Hungary. The cars have been skillfully decorated with some cloth and a bit of paint to resemble two cars from the Pixar movie "Cars". The two Trabants were clearly on display as a tongue in cheek advertisement for … Continue reading For hundreds of years, Austria and Hungary were joined at the hip in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire but now they are miles apart (2018 Days 38-40 Sopron to Maribor)

The first crack in the Iron Curtain occurred not as the result of a massive explosion but after a friendly picnic in a remote corner of rural Hungary (2018 Day 38 Bratislava to Sopron)

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 The first crack in the Iron Curtain occurred not as the result of a massive explosion but after a friendly picnic in a remote corner of rural Hungary (2018 Day 38 Bratislava to Sopron)

Onto Slovakia, the small country that was the center of the world’s attention in March 2018 after the shocking murder of a local journalist (2018 Day 37 Vienna to Bratislava)

Today's featured photo shows a protest march attended by over 60,000 people on March 09th 2018 in the Slovakian capital city of Bratislava shortly after the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak. Jan and his girlfriend, Martina Kusnirova were shot dead at their home in Velka Maca, 60 km east of Bratislava on the evening of … Continue reading Onto Slovakia, the small country that was the center of the world’s attention in March 2018 after the shocking murder of a local journalist (2018 Day 37 Vienna to Bratislava)

120 years ago in Vienna, one of the world’s first electric cars was built by none other than legendary car designer, Ferdinand Porsche (2018 Day 36 Vienna)

One of the world's first ever electric cars, the Lohner P1, was designed by Ferdinand Porsche when he was just 22 years old while working for Vienna based coach-builder company, Jacob Lohner. However, the car's range was limited to 60 km due to the heavy lead acid batteries that propelled it so two years later, … Continue reading 120 years ago in Vienna, one of the world’s first electric cars was built by none other than legendary car designer, Ferdinand Porsche (2018 Day 36 Vienna)

Waltzing my way to Vienna in Austria, which during the 19th Century was one of the biggest cities in Europe (2018 Days 35-36 Tulinn to Vienna)

Today's featured photo shows the Hofburg Palace in Austria. Hofburg was the former imperial palace of the Habsburg  dynasty and today serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. It dates back to 1279 and it was from here that Emperor Francis Joseph 1 ruled the vast Austrian Hungarian Empire from 1848 until … Continue reading Waltzing my way to Vienna in Austria, which during the 19th Century was one of the biggest cities in Europe (2018 Days 35-36 Tulinn to Vienna)

Cycling in Austria along the Danube, which at 2,850 km in length is the longest river in Western Europe (2018 Days 33-34 Ceske Budejovice to Tullin)

Today's featured photo shows a railway bridge over the River Danube at Krems in Austria, I had first come across the Danube at Ingolstadt and later also at Passau but was astounded just how wide the river was here at Krems. Incredibly, the river flows from here for another 2,000 km through 8 countries before … Continue reading Cycling in Austria along the Danube, which at 2,850 km in length is the longest river in Western Europe (2018 Days 33-34 Ceske Budejovice to Tullin)

Meandering through Bohemia and the Czech Republic on my way to the city where Budweiser beer originated in 1265 (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Ceske Budejovice)

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 on my way to the city where Budweiser beer originated in 1265 (2018 Days 31-36 Passau to Ceske Budejovice)

2018 Tour de Travoy Menu : (Starter) London to Berlin, (Main course) Iron Curtain trail, (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 : (Starter) London to Berlin, (Main course) Iron Curtain trail, (Dessert) Dolomites in Italy