July 14th_15th 2017 – Menton to Isola – Rallying up the Col de Turini at the start of my challenge to cycle the Route des Grandes Alpes

The photo above shows one of about fifty hairpin bends on the road up to the Col de Turini pass from Sospel. The Col de Turini is famous from the Monte Carlo car rally which is held every year in January. Drivers in the Monte Carlo rally normally race from La Bolene-Vesubie  up to the Col de Turini and then down to Sospel. The total … Continue reading July 14th_15th 2017 – Menton to Isola – Rallying up the Col de Turini at the start of my challenge to cycle the Route des Grandes Alpes

July 13th 2017 – Nice to Menton – Nice to meet you, Nice as I cycle along the Cote d’Azur to Monaco

Today’s featured image shows the # I_Love_Nice sculpture on the sea-front in Nice. I passed through the city almost a year to the day after the ISIS terrorist attack in which over 80 people were mowed down by a truck on Bastille Day.  I don’t know if this sculpture was erected since that attack but it certainly is a hit judging by the number of … Continue reading July 13th 2017 – Nice to Menton – Nice to meet you, Nice as I cycle along the Cote d’Azur to Monaco

July 11th 2017 – Castellane to Nice – Taking the scenic Route Napoleon to the even more scenic Cote d’Azur

Today’s photo shows the Relais Imperial hotel in the small town of Saint Vallier de Thiey.  In 1815, Napoleon passed through the town on his way to Paris after fleeing from his exile in Elba. It took Napoleon and his army roughly a week to march across the French Alps from Cannes to Grenoble and the route he took has ever since been known as … Continue reading July 11th 2017 – Castellane to Nice – Taking the scenic Route Napoleon to the even more scenic Cote d’Azur

July 8th_10th 2017 – Manosque to Castellane – A Super Saturday and Sunday of Photos in Provence

This week’s photo shows the Lac de Sainte Croix near the Gorges du Verdon. The Verdon river flows into the Lac de Sainte Croix before flowing west and eventually into the Durance river near Cadarache. Before entering the Lac de Sainte Croix, the Verdon flows through a canyon, which is called the Gorges de Verdon, and it is as spectacular as the Grand Canyon in … Continue reading July 8th_10th 2017 – Manosque to Castellane – A Super Saturday and Sunday of Photos in Provence

July 6th 2017 – Mont Ventoux (from Sault) – A super, super climb past lavender fields, pine forests and limestone rocks that look like the surface of the moon.

I took over 300 photos on Mont Ventoux  but with this year being the 50th anniversary of the death of Tom Simpson, I have chosen a photo of his Memorial as the featured photo for today. The memorial is located about 1 km from the summit, where Simpson collapsed on the 13th July 1967 during Stage 13 of the Tour de France. He had been … Continue reading July 6th 2017 – Mont Ventoux (from Sault) – A super, super climb past lavender fields, pine forests and limestone rocks that look like the surface of the moon.

July 5th_7th 2017 – Avignon to Manosque – On the loose in Vaucluse amongst numerous vineyards and fields of lavender

This week’s photo shows numerous lavender fields in the Nesque valley not far from the medieval village of Sault. The photo was taken at roughly 900 m in altitude not far from the Col des Abeilles looking down at the valley, which is about 700 m above sea level. This part of France around the medieval town of Sault is famous for it’s lavender fields … Continue reading July 5th_7th 2017 – Avignon to Manosque – On the loose in Vaucluse amongst numerous vineyards and fields of lavender

July 2nd_4th 2017 – Carcassonne to Avignon – Through Languedoc and across the Rhone just like Hannibal, 2,200 years ago

This week’s featured image shows the Rhone river not far from Avignon. Crossing the Rhone represented a milestone on this year’s Tour de Travoy as I was now in the foothills of the French Alps.  If this year’s tour works out as planned, it would be another 5 weeks before I crossed the Rhone again in Geneva at the end of the Route des Grandes … Continue reading July 2nd_4th 2017 – Carcassonne to Avignon – Through Languedoc and across the Rhone just like Hannibal, 2,200 years ago

June 29th 2017 – Col du Tourmalet – Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list

This week’s photo shows me at the summit of the Col du Tourmalet. At 2,115m, the Col du Tourmalet is the highest pass in the Pyrenees and one of the highest in France. It really is an epic climb which gets steeper and steeper the higher you climb. It was the number 1 climb on my bucket list and the climb I was looking forward … Continue reading June 29th 2017 – Col du Tourmalet – Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list

June 28th-July 1st 2017 – Lourdes to Carcassonne – I bid adieu to the Pyrenees and get in the zone to get to Carcassonne

This week’s photo shows a old picture from the Tour de France on a small shed in Bagneres de Bigorre. I have no idea who is in the photo or when it was taken but I would guess it is from the 30’s looking at the two bottles on the bike’s handlebars and the type of car following the cyclist. I don’t know but would … Continue reading June 28th-July 1st 2017 – Lourdes to Carcassonne – I bid adieu to the Pyrenees and get in the zone to get to Carcassonne

June 25th 2017 – La Pierre Saint Martin – Shock and awe on a wonderwall of a climb

La Pierre Saint Martin is where Chris Froome produced shock and awe to decimate his rivals in the first mountain stage of the 2015 Tour de France. Shock and awe too when I climbed the same mountain from Arette on a mild Sunday afternoon in June 2017.  Shock at getting to the top within my target time of 2 hours and awe at some of … Continue reading June 25th 2017 – La Pierre Saint Martin – Shock and awe on a wonderwall of a climb

June 24th_27th 2017 – Pamplona to Lourdes – Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth

This week’s photo shows the Notre Dame basilica above the Grotto in Lourdes with the mountains of the Pyrenees in the background. 2 weeks and 2 days after leaving Santiago in north-western Spain, I arrived in Lourdes. It was like going from the tourist hell on Earth that is Santiago to a little piece of heaven on Earth that is Lourdes. I had spent 3 … Continue reading June 24th_27th 2017 – Pamplona to Lourdes – Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth

June 23rd 2017 – Estella to Pamplona – Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona

This week’s photo shows me beside the Ernest Hemingway statue outside the bull-ring in Pamplona. I had cycled roughly 3,000 km to get to Pamplona and I was roughly at the halfway point on this year’s Tour de Travoy. It was Hemingway that put Pamplona on the map when he went to the San Fermin festival here in 1923 and later wrote about the Running … Continue reading June 23rd 2017 – Estella to Pamplona – Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona