The village of Schengen in Luxembourg may be small but in the last few years the whole of Europe has learnt of it’s name (2018 Days 63-64 Worth am Rhein to Luxembourg)

Today's featured photo shows a sign for the small village of Schengen on a bridge over the Mosel river in Luxembourg. Schengen is located on the border between France and Luxembourg and only 10 kms or so from the German border. It's location at the crossroads of Europe has meant the town has given it's … Continue reading The village of Schengen in Luxembourg may be small but in the last few years the whole of Europe has learnt of it’s name (2018 Days 63-64 Worth am Rhein to Luxembourg)

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Crossing the Rhine to visit the Mercedes Benz truck factory in Worth, the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Day 62 Karlsruhe to Worth am Rhein)

Today's featured photo shows a barge making it's way down the River Rhine near Karlsruhe in Germany. 9 weeks ago, I had started this year's tour by cycling along the Rhine for 200 km in the Netherlands. I had also came across the Rhine a week ago while cycling through Austria. Now here near Karlsruhe, … Continue reading Crossing the Rhine to visit the Mercedes Benz truck factory in Worth, the biggest truck factory in the world (2018 Day 62 Karlsruhe to Worth am Rhein)

Porsche is on a mission to build the next generation sports car at it’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen (2018 Day 61 Stuttgart to Karlsruhe)

Today's featured photo show a billboard featuring a prototype electric sports car called the Taycan being built by German car company Porsche. The Taycan will be the first 100% electric vehicle to be built by Porsche and is due to go on sale in 2020. The Taycan was previously known as Mission E and Porsche … Continue reading Porsche is on a mission to build the next generation sports car at it’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen (2018 Day 61 Stuttgart to Karlsruhe)

Over the last 120 years, Mercedes Benz have built millions of petrol and diesel cars in Stuttgart but in 10 years time, might only build electric cars here (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)

Today's featured photo shows a Mercedes Benz GLC 350e hybrid car at the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart. The GLC 350e model comes with a 8.7 kWh battery which is good enough for driving up to 50 km on electric power alone. Mercedes calls it's hybrid technology EQ Power and currently about a dozen models … Continue reading Over the last 120 years, Mercedes Benz have built millions of petrol and diesel cars in Stuttgart but in 10 years time, might only build electric cars here (2018 Day 60 Stuttgart)

Following in the footsteps of mythical Irish football fan, Joxer, by touring the Neckar stadium in Stuttgart, 30 years after Euro 88 (2018 Days 58-59 Bregenz to Stuttgart)

Today's featured photo shows the Mercedes Benz Arena in the Cannstatt district of Stuttgart. Back in 1988, this stadium was called the Neckar Stadium and it was here that Ireland played England in the Euro 88 football tournament on June 12th. After 6 minutes, Ray Houghton scored a header and Ireland had to hang on … Continue reading Following in the footsteps of mythical Irish football fan, Joxer, by touring the Neckar stadium in Stuttgart, 30 years after Euro 88 (2018 Days 58-59 Bregenz to Stuttgart)

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)

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)

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)

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

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 (2018 Day 24 Munich)

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 (2018 Day 24 Ingolstadt)

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 (2018 Day 24 Ingolstadt)

Nazi megamolania in Nuremburg still casts a shadow in Bavaria to this day (2018 Days 22-23 Hof to Nuremburg)

Today's featured photo shows a plaque in the Luitpoldhain park in Nuremburg where the Nazi party held huge mass rallies in the 1930's. These rallies were attended by over quarter a million Nazi party members and filmed for propaganda purposes by some of the best filmmakers in Germany. After it's defeat in World War 1, … Continue reading Nazi megamolania in Nuremburg still casts a shadow in Bavaria to this day (2018 Days 22-23 Hof to Nuremburg)

On my way to Zwickau, East Germany’s Motor City and to Modlareuth, the village that was split in two by the Iron Curtain (2018 Days 19-21 Dresden to Hof)

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 On my way to Zwickau, East Germany’s Motor City and to Modlareuth, the village that was split in two by the Iron Curtain (2018 Days 19-21 Dresden to Hof)