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)

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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)

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