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)

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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)

Make it to Normandy in time to see the Tour de France on Bastille Day and to watch the French football team win the World Cup (2018 Days 68 – 70 Compiegne to Cabourg)

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 Make it to Normandy in time to see the Tour de France on Bastille Day and to watch the French football team win the World Cup (2018 Days 68 – 70 Compiegne to Cabourg)

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

Cycling through the battlefields of the Argonne before visiting a school in Reims where the Armistice to end World War 2 was signed (2018 Days 66 – 67 Verdun to Reims)

Today's featured photo shows the cut-out of a French soldier from the Battle of Valmy which took place in 1792 between French and German armies. It was the first of five wars that would break out between France and Germany over the next 250 years. The Battle of Valmy was relatively minor and all over … Continue reading Cycling through the battlefields of the Argonne before visiting a school in Reims where the Armistice to end World War 2 was signed (2018 Days 66 – 67 Verdun to Reims)

Verdun may be eerily quiet nowadays but this place still sends shivers through the whole of France despite it being over 100 years since the end of World War 1 (2018 Day 65 Luxembourg to Verdun)

Today's featured photo shows the Douaumont cemetery and ossuary at Verdun. The Battle of Verdun lasted from February the 21st to December the 18th in 1916 and was one of the the longest and bloodiest battles in all of World War 1. Both French and German forces suffered around 400,000 casualties with around 150,000 soldiers … Continue reading Verdun may be eerily quiet nowadays but this place still sends shivers through the whole of France despite it being over 100 years since the end of World War 1 (2018 Day 65 Luxembourg to Verdun)

Reflecting on Normandy’s history and rich tapestry before getting the ferry to Ireland (Bayeux to Cherbourg 2017 Days 106-107)

August 22nd – 23rd 2017 (Days 106 – 107) Today's featured photo shows the first borne or milestone for the Liberty Road opposite the Hotel de Ville in Saint Mere Eglise. The Liberty Road starts here and travels for 1146 km across northern France all the way to Bastogne in Belgium following the route taken … Continue reading Reflecting on Normandy’s history and rich tapestry before getting the ferry to Ireland (Bayeux to Cherbourg 2017 Days 106-107)

Passing by the Arc de Triomphe where, a month earlier, Mark Beaumont had set off on his record breaking world cycle (Paris to Bayeaux 2017 Days 103-105)

August 19th – 21st 2017 (Days 103 – 105) Today's featured image shows the Arc de Triomphe in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. It was from here in July 2015 that I set out on the first Tour de Travoy and in the years since, I have cycled about 10.000 km with … Continue reading Passing by the Arc de Triomphe where, a month earlier, Mark Beaumont had set off on his record breaking world cycle (Paris to Bayeaux 2017 Days 103-105)

Going around in circles trying to find a tyre in Troyes and a hotel in Montmatre (Troyes to Paris 2017 Days 99-102)

August 15th - 18th 2017 (Days 99 - 102) Today's featured photo shows the Sacre Couer basilica in Montmatre in Paris. After completing the Route des Grandes Alpes in 3 weeks and 3 days, it had taken me another week to cycle from Lake Geneva to Troyes, just 150 km from Paris. But after suffering … Continue reading Going around in circles trying to find a tyre in Troyes and a hotel in Montmatre (Troyes to Paris 2017 Days 99-102)

From the foot of the Alps to the outskirts of Paris in 3 days (Lons le Saunier to Troyes 2017 Days 96-98)

August 12th – 14th 2017 (Days 96 – 98) Today's featured photo shows a sign on the outskirts of Chatillon sur Seine saying 224 km to Paris. I had already cycled about 250 km the previous 2 days since leaving the Alps behind at Lons le Saunier but this sign was the first sign I … Continue reading From the foot of the Alps to the outskirts of Paris in 3 days (Lons le Saunier to Troyes 2017 Days 96-98)

Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil (Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier 2017 Days 93-95)

August 09th – 11th 2017 (Days 93 – 95) The photo of the day shows the famous water jet in Lake Geneva with Geneva itself in the background. Geneva is home to the headquarters of many international organisations such as the Red Cross and the European headquarters of the United Nations. But following the Brexit … Continue reading Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil (Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier 2017 Days 93-95)

Col de la Columbiere – Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes (Saint Jean de Sixt to Thonon les Bains 2017 Days 90-92)

August 6th – 8th 2017 (Days 90 – 92) Today's photo shows hundreds of boats in the marina in Thonon les Bains beside Lake Geneva. The Route des Grandes Alpes finishes in Thonon les Bains but as to where it ends exactly I wasn't too sure off. The Route starts at the Casino in Menton … Continue reading Col de la Columbiere – Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes (Saint Jean de Sixt to Thonon les Bains 2017 Days 90-92)