Top 10 Highlights from the 2016 Tour de Travoy

A few weeks ago, I looked back at the Top 10 highlights from the 2015 Tour de Travoy. This week, I have picked out my Top 10 highlights from the 2016 Tour. I have also included the Top 10 tweets from over 100 tweets sent during 2 months away on the 2016 Tour. Incredibly, the article that got the most hits by far from the … Continue reading Top 10 Highlights from the 2016 Tour de Travoy

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 Elizabeth II, and King Albert II of Belgium. The design has … 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 the key objectives for the British forces during the first … Continue reading 2015-08-05 Seraucourt-le-Grand – Boiry-Notre-Dame

2015-08-04 Fismes – Seraucourt-le-Grand

Today’s photo is of the glass and mirror factory in the village of Saint Gobain. The company of Saint Gobain is probably the biggest company you have never heard off before but if you have a ClimaCoat windscreen in you car, then it is made by Saint Gobain. They are one of the biggest companies in France and this humble factory is where they started … Continue reading 2015-08-04 Fismes – Seraucourt-le-Grand

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 the world. Today – 80 km. Total so far – … 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 and some were right beside the main road. Today – … 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 in World War 2. Today – 105 km Total so … Continue reading 2015-08-01 Saint Geosmes – Dionville