The new coolest place on the planet in 2019 should be the Dolomites in Italy as I was out of breath the whole time there not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-51 Ovaro to Canazei)

Today's featured photo shows the Cadore lake with the mountains of the Dolomites in the background. I have cycled the length of the Iron Curtain and all over Europe on previous tours but nowhere have I been that has blown me away as much as the Dolomites in Italy. Not only that but while the … Continue reading The new coolest place on the planet in 2019 should be the Dolomites in Italy as I was out of breath the whole time there not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-51 Ovaro to Canazei)

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From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

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 From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

A week after being in Champagne, it was nice to actually drink some (Enfield to Dublin 2015 Day 36)

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 A week after being in Champagne, it was nice to actually drink some (Enfield to Dublin 2015 Day 36)

From the Menin Gate in Belgium to the Tower Bridge in London in less than a day (Dover to Enfield 2015 Day 34)

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 From the Menin Gate in Belgium to the Tower Bridge in London in less than a day (Dover to Enfield 2015 Day 34)

The Last Post “In Europe” from Ypres before getting the ferry to Dover (Kemmel to Dunkirk 2015 Day 33)

Today's photo shows the Duchess Anne sailing ship which is permanently moored in Dunkirk harbour. It was built in 1901 in Bremen in Germany and was taken over by the French Navy after WW2. It was acquired by the city of Dunkerque in 1981 and has been moored as a museum ship ever since. My … Continue reading The Last Post “In Europe” from Ypres before getting the ferry to Dover (Kemmel to Dunkirk 2015 Day 33)

The Irish peace memorial symbolises hope among the hops in the Fields of Flanders (Boiry-Notre-Dame to Kemmel 2015 Day 32)

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 The Irish peace memorial symbolises hope among the hops in the Fields of Flanders (Boiry-Notre-Dame to Kemmel 2015 Day 32)

Poppies, cemeteries and massive war memorials that only cast a shadow in the Somme sunshine (Seraucourt-le-Grand to Boiry-Notre-Dame 2015 Day 31)

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 Poppies, cemeteries and massive war memorials that only cast a shadow in the Somme sunshine (Seraucourt-le-Grand to Boiry-Notre-Dame 2015 Day 31)

The world’s first giga-factory where wild boar now roam and the slaughter factory that was World War 1 (Fismes to Seraucourt-le-Grand 2015 Day 30)

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 … Continue reading The world’s first giga-factory where wild boar now roam and the slaughter factory that was World War 1 (Fismes to Seraucourt-le-Grand 2015 Day 30)

The Champagne region still sparkles 300 years after the death of Dom Perignon (Chalons-en-Champagne to Fismes 2015 Day 29)

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 The Champagne region still sparkles 300 years after the death of Dom Perignon (Chalons-en-Champagne to Fismes 2015 Day 29)

Tilting at windturbines on the Route Touristique de Champagne (Dienville to Chalons-en-Champagne 2015 Day 28)

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 Tilting at windturbines on the Route Touristique de Champagne (Dienville to Chalons-en-Champagne 2015 Day 28)

Canny McSavvy, Charles de Gaulle and finding a place to rest in Champagne (Saint Geosmes to Dionville 2015 Day 27)

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 Canny McSavvy, Charles de Gaulle and finding a place to rest in Champagne (Saint Geosmes to Dionville 2015 Day 27)

Farmyards, shipyards but surprisingly no vineyards today on the road to Champagne (Gray to Saint Geosmes 2015 Day 26)

Today's photo is a bridge across the Saone in Gray. Notice how the German, EU, and a local flag are in the centre of the bridge while the French flag is at one end. Gray is over 200 km from the German border but it is only 50 km from the Vosges, which 100 years … Continue reading Farmyards, shipyards but surprisingly no vineyards today on the road to Champagne (Gray to Saint Geosmes 2015 Day 26)