2015-08-10 Enfield – Dublin

Today's photo is a shot of the Spire and Daniel O'Connell's statue on O'Connell Street in Dublin. It had taken me almost 5 weeks to cycle from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to the Spire in Dublin and it certainly was a welcome sight after such a long a trek.   Total today - … Continue reading 2015-08-10 Enfield – Dublin

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2015-08-08 Dover – Enfield

Today's photo is of my bike and trailer at the Port of Dover after I got off the ferry from Dunkirk. It was only after taking this photo that I realized the mirror was on the wrong side of my handlebars. I had to move it to the other side which wasn't easy as I … Continue reading 2015-08-08 Dover – Enfield

2015-08-06 Boiry-Notre-Dame – Kemmel

Today's photo features the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines in Belgium. The centerpiece of the park is the 34 m tall round tower, which was built with stone from a former British Army barracks in Tipperary and from a work-house outside Mullingar. The tower was inaugurated on 11 November 1998 by President Mary McAleese, Queen … Continue reading 2015-08-06 Boiry-Notre-Dame – Kemmel

2015-08-05 Seraucourt-le-Grand – Boiry-Notre-Dame

Today's photo shows the Guillemont Road cemetry near the small village of Guillemont in the Somme region of France. It was just one of about 50 cemeteries I passed by today. Most of the soldiers buried here were killed during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. The town of Guillemont was one of … Continue reading 2015-08-05 Seraucourt-le-Grand – Boiry-Notre-Dame

2015-08-03 Chalons-en-Champagne – Fismes

Today's photo shows one of the Moet et Chandon vineyards in Hautvillers in Champagne. Hautvillers is where Dom Perignon perfected the production of white wine from red grapes around 1690. The techniques he used caused bubbles to form in the white wine and this sparkling wine eventually came to be known as champagne all round … Continue reading 2015-08-03 Chalons-en-Champagne – Fismes

2015-08-02 Dienville – Chalons-en-Champagne

Today's photo shows just some of the hundreds of wind turbines located on the hills to the south of Chalons-en-Champagne. In Ireland, wind turbines tend to be bunched together in small parcels of land and are set back and hidden away from the main roads. Here in this part of France, the turbines dominate the landscape … Continue reading 2015-08-02 Dienville – Chalons-en-Champagne

2015-08-01 Saint Geosmes – Dionville

Today's photo features the Cross of Lorraine memorial to Charles de Gaulle at Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises. He is buried in the town's cemetery and this memorial was erected a few years after his death on a hill overlooking the town. The Cross of Lorraine was the symbol used by the Free French Army that De Gaulle commanded … Continue reading 2015-08-01 Saint Geosmes – Dionville

2015-07-30 Lons-le-Saunier – Gray

Today's photo shows a roadside memorial near Dole. French memorials often just show the person's first name and unlike Irish memorials normally don't include the date of the accident. Unlike First World War monuments, roadside memorials are not that common in France and after cycling 3,000 km around France, I only came across about a … Continue reading 2015-07-30 Lons-le-Saunier – Gray

2015-07-29 Saint Rambert-en-Bugay – Lons-le-Saunier

Today's photo shows a mural outside a bakery in the town of Villemotier. The writing on the plaque above the oven says "Bread baked in a wood burning stove oven". Bakeries in France are quite common and open even on Sundays but this mural makes this "boulangerie" really stand out. Today - 107 km. Total so … Continue reading 2015-07-29 Saint Rambert-en-Bugay – Lons-le-Saunier