Week 4 – Bilbao to San Vicente – Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been

This week’s photo shows the beach and harbour in the small resort of Comillas in western Cantabria. Very few tourists go to Cantabria compared to the numbers that visit other regions of Spain. But in my opinion, they are missing out on a treat as Cantabria is full of tiny scenic beaches like the one in Comillas shown above.  It does get some visitors and … Continue reading Week 4 – Bilbao to San Vicente – Cantabria should be re-named Canfabria as this region of Spain is as good as anywhere I have been

Week 3.5 – Bilbao + San Sebastian – Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country

It was Holy Communion weekend in San Sebastian and many of the bakeries and cake shops had shop window displays featuring Holy Communion figurines. Most of the displays were very elaborate and a lot of work must have gone into making the lollipops, chocolate figurines and iced cakes shown above. Earlier, I had met up with my sister Karen in Bilbao after she had got … Continue reading Week 3.5 – Bilbao + San Sebastian – Rest and recuperation and lots of sightseeing in the 2 biggest cities in the Basque Country

Week 3 – St Jean de Luz to Bilbao – The Basque Country basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine

This week’s photo shows the view of the Basque coastline from the Mirador de Mutriku viewpoint near to Deba. The Basque coastline is very similar to the Amalfi coast in Italy and I must have taken about 50 similar shots to the one above this week. The coastline is incredibly beautiful when the sun is shining but the same sun makes all the climbs here … Continue reading Week 3 – St Jean de Luz to Bilbao – The Basque Country basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine

Week 2.5 – Royan to St Jean de Luz – Getting closer to Spain through Aquitaine

This week’s photo shows a cycle path through the forest north of Bayonne. The cycle path follows the Camino route and there were numerous signs along the route showing the Camino symbol. In all, I cycled about 300 km through Aquitaine and for at least 200 km, my route was on cycle paths through the coastal forest. It made for some terrific spins and it … Continue reading Week 2.5 – Royan to St Jean de Luz – Getting closer to Spain through Aquitaine

Week 2 – Nantes to Royan – Vendee, vidi,vici

This weeks photo shows a line of yurts at Camping les Misottes in the small seaside resort of Esnandes. Due to rain and tiredness, I stayed at the campsite for 2 nights and for the 2nd night got to stay in one of these yurts courtesy of the campsite owner. I felt like I was on a luxury safari holiday staying in the yurt and … Continue reading Week 2 – Nantes to Royan – Vendee, vidi,vici

Week 1.5 – Roscoff to Nantes – Brittany is so green it’s as if I never left Ireland

This week’s photo shows the Breton flag alongside the European flag in the small medieval village of Malestroit. The town was a delight to visit and it was thronged with tourists when I passed through. It is located on the Nantes – Brest canal which forms part of Eurovelo 1 (also known as Veloodysee) which is the Camino cycle path from Brittany to the border … Continue reading Week 1.5 – Roscoff to Nantes – Brittany is so green it’s as if I never left Ireland

Week 1 – Dublin to Roscoff – My Camino gets underway from St. James Church in Dublin

This week’s photo shows St. James Church in Dublin from where my Camino and the 2017 Tour de Travoy started. For at least 800 years, pilgrims have been making there way from St. James Church and St. James Gate in Dublin to Santiago de Compostela. St. James was one of Christ’s 12 Apostles and his bones are believed to be buried in Santiago. So any … Continue reading Week 1 – Dublin to Roscoff – My Camino gets underway from St. James Church in Dublin

2017 Tour de Travoy to feature the Camino, the Pyrenees and Route des Grandes Alpes

The main aim of the 2017 Tour de Travoy is to complete the Camino from Dublin to Santiago de Compostela. In the Middle Ages, pilgrims would set off from James St. in Dublin and sail by boat to A Coruna in north western Spain before hiking about 60 km from there to Santiago. There are no boats sailing from Dublin to A Coruna nowadays so … Continue reading 2017 Tour de Travoy to feature the Camino, the Pyrenees and Route des Grandes Alpes

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

Looking back at the 1987 Tour de France, which was won by Stephen Roche after an epic fightback on the slopes of La Plagne

(#01 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows Stephan Roche trying to hang on as Pedro Delgado in the Yellow Jersey attacks in the Alps during the 1987 Tour de France. By the time the Tour finished in Paris a few days later, the Yellow Jersey would be on the shoulders of Stephan Roche and not Delgado.  The battle … Continue reading Looking back at the 1987 Tour de France, which was won by Stephen Roche after an epic fightback on the slopes of La Plagne

Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville

(#02 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Irish football team’s manager Mick McCarthy and Irish captain Roy Keane at a training session in Saipan, a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Ireland had gone to Saipan to acclimatize before flying onto Japan and South Korea for the World Cup in 2002. Ireland were making their third appearance … Continue reading Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville

Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings

(#03 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Les Braves D-Day memorial sculpture at Omaha Beach in Vierville-sur-Mer. The metal sculpture was created by the French artist Anilore Banon in 2004 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The sculpture was only intended to be temporary but it has remained here ever since. Nowhere else during … Continue reading Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings