Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes watching Belgian TV’s coverage of Ireland against Belgium at Euro 2016

(#07 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) Having played well in their first game in Euro 2016 against Sweden, Ireland were confident going into their second game against Belgium. Alas that confidence was mis-placed and Belgium ran riot in the 2nd half scoring 3 goals without reply. I had gone to Belgium … Continue reading Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes watching Belgian TV’s coverage of Ireland against Belgium at Euro 2016

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The Irish Peace Park memorial symbolises hope among the hops in the Fields of Flanders

(#04 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows a stone round-tower in the Island of Ireland Peace Park near Messines/Mesen in Belgium. The centerpiece of the Peace Park is a 34 m tall round tower, which was built with stone from a former British Army barracks in Tipperary and from a … Continue reading The Irish Peace Park memorial symbolises hope among the hops in the Fields of Flanders

Reading about Ypres in World War 1 in Geert Mak’s book “In Europe” while actually in Ypres

(#07 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the city of Ypres in Belgium shortly after World War 1 had ended in 1918. No other city on either the Eastern or the Western front suffered as much damage and destruction during World War 1 as Ypres. Many nearby cities … Continue reading Reading about Ypres in World War 1 in Geert Mak’s book “In Europe” while actually in Ypres

Letting the train take the strain from Luxembourg to Basel in Switzerland (Arlon to Basel 2016 Day 03)

Today's photo shows an Euro 2016 related ad for McDonalds on a platform at Nancy train station. I was at Nancy after getting off a train from Luxembourg and was looking at the ad while waiting for the train for Strasbourg to leave. The writing beside the ad says "Come as you are". The day … Continue reading Letting the train take the strain from Luxembourg to Basel in Switzerland (Arlon to Basel 2016 Day 03)

Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes as Ireland played Belgium at Euro 2016 (Arlon 2016 Day 02)

Today's photo shows my tent in Arlon with an Irish flag before the Ireland - Belgium game in Euro 2016.  I had planned to cycle about 50 km to Luxembourg this morning but as the forecast was not great and all my clothes were still wet from the night before, I decided to stay for … Continue reading Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes as Ireland played Belgium at Euro 2016 (Arlon 2016 Day 02)

Grand Depart of the 2016 Tour de Travoy on the Eurostar high speed train from London to Belgium (London to Arlon 2016 Day 01)

Today's photo shows St. Pancreas train station as the traffic streams past on a cloudy Friday morning in London. The clock-face on the tower showed 07.10 so I had plenty of time to catch my train at 08.55.  2 days previously, I had booked the Eurostar from London St. Pancreas to Brussels Midi so after … Continue reading Grand Depart of the 2016 Tour de Travoy on the Eurostar high speed train from London to Belgium (London to Arlon 2016 Day 01)