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)

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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)

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 39-42 Sopron to Trieste)

Today's featured photo shows an old customs post at Lazaret  in Slovenia across the border from the Italian city of Trieste. Ever since Slovenia joined the EU in 2005 and the Schengen free travel zone in 2009, this border checkpoint has lain virtually abandoned. But in the past, this was no ordinary border checkpoint as … Continue reading From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 39-42 Sopron to Trieste)

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 Days 37-38 Vienna 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 Days 37-38 Vienna to Sopron)

Waltzing my way down the Danube to Vienna in Austria, where the world’s first electric car was built 120 years ago (2018 Days 33-36 Ceske Budejovice 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 down the Danube to Vienna in Austria, where the world’s first electric car was built 120 years ago (2018 Days 33-36 Ceske Budejovice to Vienna)

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